Kids ‘Learn to Swim’ in Aitutaki

Friday 30 April 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in National, Outer Islands

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Kids ‘Learn to Swim’ in Aitutaki
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 of community.

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 since 2007.