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Media Release - New swim program teaches basics to adult beginners

June 4, 2018
New swim program teaches basics to adult beginners


Adults who are nervous around water will be able to take a water safety course designed to help beginning swimmers feel more comfortable when in the water.
“Are your nerves around water stopping you from joining in fun at pools, lakes and oceans? The basic adult water safety course will teach you basic water safety skills, such as front and back floats, treading water, how to kick on your back and personal floatation device (PFD) safety,” said Melissa Furlotte, head lifeguard at the Powell River Recreation Complex swimming pool.
“We are surrounded by so much water and there are people that are nervous or hesitant to go in. We’re hoping this course can give them a little more confidence and give them the basic skills to feel safe in and around the water.”
This course has been developed locally, using Red Cross swim instruction methods to help participants learn the basics.
Furlotte said she regularly sees adults who are not comfortable in the water when she’s teaching water fitness programs. “Their feet are glued to the bottom and they are not willing to go deeper than their chest because they are nervous,” she said. “We are targeting those people for our basic adult water safety course.”
Basic adult water safety course will take place on three Tuesday evenings. Classes will be held from 6 to 6:45 pm on June 12, 19 and 26.
“I’m really excited to get people started on their journeys,” said Furlotte, who will be instructing the sessions.
While the course is designed for adults, participants can be as young as 16. At the other end of the spectrum, Furlotte said people are never too old to learn how to be comfortable in the water. She once taught an 85-year-old woman to swim. The big accomplishment for the elderly student was being able to swim a length of the pool, into the deep end, without holding onto the walls. She started as someone who would not lift her feet up off the bottom of the pool.
Furlotte said being relaxed in the water is a huge part of being comfortable in the water.
“If you’re relaxed you are going to float better,” Furlotte said. “If you have that confidence you’ll be able to move better in the water. We’re surrounded by water and there’s so many opportunities to swim. It’s kind of sad when you see people sitting on the docks and on the edges because they don’t have that confidence to go into the water, cool down and have fun with their families.”
Furlotte said she loves teaching beginner adults because it’s so rewarding watching them overcome their fears. This course would be a great introduction for people to move into the regular adult swim lessons that are taught at the pool.
For more information, contact:
Melissa Furlotte, Head Lifeguard
(604) 485-8912



Event date: 
Monday, June 4, 2018 - 2:45pm


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