A local swim class is teaching children what to do if they get into trouble in the water.ELAINE COONEY December 11, 2013 4:23am
Rochester swim safety coach Chloe Macague (middle) taught Maddie Pearse and Xavier Hann how to swim using floats on Thursday.
Rochester Splash ‘n’ Learn to Swim Club taught 150 students how to save themselves from drowning during Water Safety Week.
Lockington resident Rhonda Hann said her children had been taking water safety classes for three years.
Rochester resident Bec Pearse said her three children enjoyed the lessons and said they would be useful if any of them got into trouble in the water.
‘‘We live on a dairy farm and with all the channels and dams around they need to be able to swim,’’ she said.
Teacher Maree Macague said she was happy to hear students picked up safety tips from her classes.
She said one mother came to her and said her eldest daughter pointed out that she had not drained the bath after bathing the baby, which was dangerous.
Mrs Macague taught the children how to swim fully clothed so they would know what to do in a real emergency.
She taught the younger students to get back to the edge of the pool and hold on, while the older students were taught to tread water.
She said she always taught her students to use something to rescue a drowning person such as an Esky lid or milk bottle.
‘‘You never know what kids or adults may come across and need to save someone,’’ she said.
Mrs Macague said she was passionate about teaching children and adults to swim and survive in the water.
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