Fifteen-year-old Ufeesha, finding out within the Authorities Excessive College, Kovalam, was initially afraid to step into the water. “Today, after a three-day course in swimming, I’m thrilled to say I can save myself in case of an emergency and also rescue the others,” she stated.
Within the final three days, United Manner of Chennai and the U.S. Consulate Normal, Chennai, organised “Riding The Waves”, an occasion the place swimming, life abilities and ocean conservation was taught to a bunch of kids from Kovalam.
Julia Harbaugh and Nora Deleske, members of U.S. Division of State’s Sports activities Envoy Program, educated the scholars in open water swimming.
“Learning in a beach was very different from a swimming pool. But we all loved swimming amidst waves,” Fouzia Muhamudha, one other 15-year-old pupil from Kovalam, stated.
Trainers Julia Harbaugh and Nora Deleske taking swimming classes at Kovalam on Friday.
| Photograph Credit score: B. VELANKANNI RAJ
Meenakshi Ramesh, govt director, United Manner of Chennai, stated youngsters had change into assured sufficient after studying these classes. “This is a great strength they have now developed and we hope that they take it to more people in their community. These small steps will make a world of difference in their lives. They carry with them the message that ocean should not be polluted,” she stated.
Ms. Harbaugh stated it was heartening to see how fortunately and shortly youngsters learnt swimming. “Children now know that this is an ability and strength that no one can take from them,” she stated.
Following this programme, each envoys will now head to Kozhikode in Kerala for coaching one other group of kids on open water swimming, life abilities and ocean conservation.