MORE than 50 swimming coaches attended the Pool Pump lifesaving course at Les Brown Swimming Pool in Harare last week.
By our Staff
The lifesaving course which had subscribers from as far as Kwekwe, Bindura, Marondera and areas surrounding Harare, was facilitated by Zimbabwe Lifesaving President Cuthbert Chakanetsa.
Speaking on the sidelines of the training course, Pool Pump spokesperson Shadreck Gumiremhete said they had discovered that a number of coaches in schools were training kids to swim but they had no lifesaving techniques.
“As an organisation that deals with pools, we have seen it prudent to facilitate this training course. A number of swimming coaches are not equipped with lifesaving techniques, therefore we want them to grasp the concept and go back to implement whatever they would have learnt here on the kids they are training,” Gumiremhete said.
His words were echoed by another trainer, Shawn Siraha, who said this was only an induction course with more training courses set to follow.
“This is only the beginning. We have to leave this place with every participant being able to save life from any water body, starting from bucket water at home, drum, swimming pool, river and dam,” he said.
He added that the next levels of the training course were on the cards.
“We are going to have the Level One and Level Two training course.
From these levels, we will then move to the Bronze Medallion Level. This is the most difficult level whereby a life saver is expected to swim for one kilometre and be able to swim carrying the victim for up to 50 metres. We will also take them for an above merit course where the life saver will be expected to swim for longer distances with the victim,” he added.