By Anna Cocks
This article is exclusive to the Online Edition 2 of VARSITY News.
Swimming is a vital skill to have. No one knows when they may encounter a body of water and accidents can happen very quickly. So it is better to have the skills and prevent any misfortunes. The UCT Sports Student Union has created a Learn-to-Swim program to help people feel competent and safe in the water. This program has been in the pipelines for a few years now, but after the drowning of Mosimanegape Madiba in the Misverstand Dam in March 2016, the university revamped its water safety guidelines and now urgently encourages all students to learn how to swim.
Any student can join who lacks this skill or wishes to improve their swimming techniques. However this is subject to space in the pool. The cost is R80 and the course takes place over eight to ten weeks – depending on the swimmer’s progress. The cost covers swimming equipment and coaching fees. The lessons are currently held on Friday and Saturday afternoons for 30 minutes each session at the small lap pool (shallow, 25m pool) on the UCT gym premises. For the winter and spring sessions, the organisers are in the process of finding an indoor pool. (If anyone knows of a venue or can help arrange one please see Jess Worsley details below.)
If you are a UCT student with a LTS coaching license or higher and you want to help coach than please don’t hesitate to get involved. Please email the SSU Transformation Officer, Jess Worsley (details below). Also, if you know of any other coaches (not necessarily UCT students) who would want to help, they can contact Jess too.
Contact to join or volunteer:
SSU Transformation Officer
Chairperson of UCT Swimming