Kids in Aitutaki participate in the first Cook Islands Aquatics Federation swimming lessons programme this week. SUPPLIED. 21042801
Close to 80 children on the island of Aitutaki are learning important swimming and water care protection abilities this week.
The kids are participating in the first Cook Islands
Aquatics Federation (CIAF) swimming programme held at the Aitutaki Lagoon
Private Island Resort and at Ootu beach.
Aquatics president Romani Katoa says the purpose is to
“teach all our children and communities in the Pa Enua how to swim and valuable
water safety skills.”
Swimming instructors Kieran and Leslie Chan from Rarotonga
and Dani Aderndorff of Aitutaki, started the programme on Monday.
On Friday a fun swimming competition will be held for the
kids to demonstrate their skills along with a barbeque for all children and parents.
The Aquatics Federation will return to the island later in
the year to conduct swimming lessons to secondary school children and members
FuncFit Araura has worked closely with CIAF to bring about
the free ‘Learn to Swim’ programme to Aitutaki.
The CIAF appreciate the significant support from: Aitutaki
Lagoon Resort, Maria Henry, Brendon
Smith, Dani Aderndorff and Air Rarotonga for the transportation of floats,
ropes and swimming gear that will remain on the island, Nick Henry, Aitutaki
Sports Association - Regina Potini, Collete Clark from Vaitau School and CISNOC
and FINA Development Funding.
The Aquatics Federation is responsible for the
promotion and development of swimming and water safety in the Cook Islands