School and water safety for South African kids

by Love to Langa
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School and water safety for South African kids
School and water safety for South African kids
School and water safety for South African kids
School and water safety for South African kids
School and water safety for South African kids
School and water safety for South African kids
School and water safety for South African kids
School and water safety for South African kids
School and water safety for South African kids
School and water safety for South African kids
School and water safety for South African kids
School and water safety for South African kids
School and water safety for South African kids
School and water safety for South African kids
School and water safety for South African kids
School and water safety for South African kids
School and water safety for South African kids
School and water safety for South African kids
School and water safety for South African kids
School and water safety for South African kids
School and water safety for South African kids
School and water safety for South African kids
School and water safety for South African kids
School and water safety for South African kids
School and water safety for South African kids
School and water safety for South African kids
School and water safety for South African kids
School and water safety for South African kids
School and water safety for South African kids
School and water safety for South African kids
School and water safety for South African kids
School and water safety for South African kids
School and water safety for South African kids
School and water safety for South African kids
School and water safety for South African kids
School and water safety for South African kids
School and water safety for South African kids
Swim lesson
Swim lesson
The Love to Langa Swimming Academy has been in operation since 2016.
As of today, Love to Langa is sponsoring the swimming lessons for 25 pupils at Philippi Children's Centre.
The pupils receive weekly lessons from Coach Craig who is a qualified Learn to Swim instructor.  Many donors ask what the children are taught at the swim school.
Firstly, being water safe is crucial.  The children are taught to jump in the deep side of the pool, turn and kick to the closest wall and then climb out.  Children are taught to crawl the along the walls as a safety precaution.
Secondly, the different levels come into play:
 Level 1
-  blow bubbles
-  face in the water
-  monkey crawl
-  jump in the pool
-  starfish float on back
-  starfish float on tummy
-  pick up fish
-  Level 2
-  speedboats width of pool
-  froggie arms width of pool
-  dive with hands entering water first
-  dolphin wiggle
-  strokes
Level 3
-  breathing technique for freestyle
-  dolphin wiggle with arm/s
-  backstroke dive 
-  treading water
-  froggie kick and board
-  speedboat lengths
Level 4
-  swim a length of freestyle with a tumble turn
-  swim a length of butterfly
-  swim a length of backstroke
-  swim a length of breaststroke 
-  competition dive
-  sandshark swim

Thanks so much for making this essential life skill available to these amazing children. We appreciate your support!

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Zara and Coach Craig
Zara and Coach Craig

Thank you to the ever-patient Coach Craig for an update on our scholarship swim students. Here is his report.

"All these pupils have a long way to go because they are still very afraid of putting their faces in the water and therefore of blowing bubbles. This is a very important first step in learning to swim. Once they overcome their fear of the water they will really progress well. The noodles are an excellent aid to help them build their confidence in the water. Most of these pupils are happy to jump into the water as long as they have a noodle tied around their bodies. We continue to do fun activities in the water and are working on building their confidence all the time!

Nadine is a very confident girl in the water. She can float on her own on her back. She knows how to enter and exit the pool correctly. Her freestyle, breaststroke and backstroke kicks are very good, but she needs to be assisted by a noodle.

Indiphlie is enjoying the water, and does freestyle, breaststroke and backstroke kicks well with the assistance of a noodle. She knows how to enter and exit the pool correctly and she floats on her back happily and confidently.

Sispho is still a bit scared to put her face in the water. She knows how to enter and exit the pool correctly. She is still assisted by a noodle and her kicking technique still needs practice, but she is trying hard. She floats confidently on her back.

Jihhaad knows how to enter and exit the pool correctly. He is still a bit scared to be in the water but we are working on this. He can do freestyle, breaststroke and backstroke kicks while assisted by a noodle. He floats confidently on his own.

Jaden knows how to enter and exit the pool correctly. He needs to work on practicing his kicking as it is weak. He is still scared to float on his back and to put his face in the water.  He is assisted by a noodle at his lessons and we are working to build up his confidence.

Phoebe knows how to enter and exit the pool correctly.  She floats confidently on her back unaided. Her kicking is weak and needs much practice. She is still very fearful and scared to put her face in the water.

Remizane knows how to enter and exit the pool confidently. He floats confidently on his back without aid. His freestyle, breaststroke and backstroke kicking is good with the assistance of a noodle and he is still a bit scared to wet his face.

Morne knows how to exit the pool, but we are working on his safe entry. He is still very scared. We are practicing his freestyle, breaststroke and backstroke kicking with the help of a noodle. He Floats confidently on his back, with the aid of the teacher.

Lunje knows how to enter and exit the pool safely, and is very confident in the water. Her kicking is still assisted by a noodle and she is still scared to wet her face. She floats confidently on her back.

Zion knows how to enter and exit the pool confidently. His kicking is good but needs the aid of a noodle. He floats confidently on his back but is still a bit scared to wet his face.

Zimbonge knows how to enter and exit the pool correctly. Her kicking is good but needs to be assisted by a noodle and she is still very scared to put her face in the water. She floats well with the help of the teacher.

Zara knows how to enter and exit the pool confidently. Her kicking is good but needs to be assisted by a noodle. She is still scared to put her face in the water and she floats on her back confidently.

Benjamin knows how to enter and exit the pool safely. He needs a lot of help with his kicking and is still very scared of the water. He floats on his back confidently but with the help of the teacher.

Hope knows how to enter and exit the pool correctly. Her kicking is good but needs to be assisted by a noodle. She is very scared to wet her face in the water and floats on her back confidently with a noodle.

Lutho is very confident in the water, and he knows how to enter and exit the pool. He can float on his own unaided for 5 seconds. His kicking for all three strokes is good. He loves being in the water and he listens to and follows instructions. 

Deyana knows how to enter and exit the pool confidently. Her kicking is good but needs to be assisted by a noodle. She is still scared to wet her face in the water and she floats on her back confidently with a noodle.

Aiden knows how to enter and exit the pool safely. He is not scared and loves to be in the water. His kicking is good but needs to be assisted by a noodle. He floats on his back confidently with a noodle.

Roche knows how to enter and exit the pool correctly. Her kicking in all three strokes is good but she still needs to be assisted by a noodle. She is still scared to put her face in the water but floats on her back confidently with the help of a noodle.

Amila knows how to enter and exit the pool correctly. His kicking is good for all three strokes with the help of a noodle. He is able to float happily on his back for 5 seconds without a noodle but he is scared to wet his face in the water. He is very eager during lessons."

Thank you for your support in making this essential life skill available to children who otherwise would not have the opportunity!

 

Zimbongi floating with teacher nearby
Zimbongi floating with teacher nearby
Zara and Ashton waiting for their turn
Zara and Ashton waiting for their turn
Ashton and Coach Craig
Ashton and Coach Craig
Nadine and Coach Craig
Nadine and Coach Craig
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Philippi Children's Centre Borehole
Philippi Children's Centre Borehole

As you have probably heard, Cape Town has been suffering under three years of unprecedented drought and currently has less than 90 days worth of water in its reservoirs. Residents have been asked to drastically cut back on water usage in the hopes of preventing Day Zero - sometime in April when the taps will run dry! City officials have decided that once the dams reach 13.5% capacity, the municipal water supply will be turned off for all but essential services, like hospitals.

Swimming pools are being closed daily and people are not allowed to top up their pools. Many schools and households have not made allowances to recycle or store water. Households are limited to 50 litres of water per person per day.

For schools that have not made adequate provisions for their pools, it's a sad day for them to have to close. Water safety has become a part of many school curriculums as it is an essential life skill.

What does this mean for our projects, especially our Love to Langa Swimming Academy, when the filling of swimming pools with municipal water has been prohibited? 

In 2014, we embarked on an ambitious endeavor to build a learn to swim indoor pool at Philippi Children's Centre.

We wanted the following: 

*an indoor, heated learn to swim pool due to reports of children drowning in local dams.

*to launch with an established swim school running our Swim Academy, training community members to eventually run our pool. The aim was and always will be to empower previously disadvantaged individuals.

*scholarships for any children who cannot afford swimming lessons.

Before we committed to the Swimming Academy, we did a lot of research. Was this a viable project? Our project manager in Cape Town heard rumblings of water being an issue although at the time there was no mention of Day Zero. A site visit to Philippi Children's Centre proved positive when the borehole on the property was viewed. This was what the project needed to sustain itself if there was a drought.

What is a borehole?

A borehole used as a water well is completed by installing a vertical pipe (casing) and a well screen to keep the borehole from caving. This also helps prevent surface contaminants from entering the borehole and protects any installed pump from drawing in sand and sediment.

When we filled the Love to Langa Swimming Academy pool the first time, borehole water was used and it will be topped off with borehole water going forward.

Philippi Children's Centre also has a Lilliput Sewage and Wastewater Treatment system at the school.

Lilliput saves on water usage by using recycled water for flushing, irrigation, car washing and filling swimming pools and water features.

Current Love to Langa Swimming Academy Water-Saving Measures:

No showers after swimming.
The toilets will not be flushed - borehole water will be used to flush toilets.
Hand sanitizer to be used after using the toilet.

 

Most of the students in our schools live in shacks with no running water to begin with and must access a community tap, which I understand is not currently under ration. The situation is changing rapidly and we will be keeping a close eye on it and  dearly hope and pray that our actions, along with countless others in Cape Town, will help alleviate this crisis until solutions can be implemented. 

 

 

Lilliput system
Lilliput system
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Zion
Zion
Swimming lessons are moving along nicely for our sponsored students. Here are some updates on a few of the children who have weekly lessons, thanks to our donors.
Among the confident swimmers are Shiloh, Roshe, Indiphile, Zion and Sitha, who are unafraid to put their faces in the water. They all have made progress on freestyle, breaststroke and backstroke kicks. All strokes are assisted by a noodle and a kicker board and they all know how to enter and exit the pool.
 
Remizane is still afraid of the water but does participate in the lessons. His freestyle, breaststroke and backstroke kick are good. All the strokes are assisted by a noodle and a kicker board. He knows how to enter and exit the pool.
Phoebie is still very scared of the water and needs to be assisted at all times. Her freestyle, breaststroke and backstroke kicking are fair but have improved a lot since the first lesson. All the strokes are assisted by a noodle and a kicker board. She knows how to enter and exit the pool.
 
Jayden is still very scared of the water but gets in and out of the pool confidently. He is always eager to practice his strokes. His strokes still need attention but have improved a lot. All his strokes are assisted by a noodle and a kicker board.
Lutho is confident in the water, but still a bit scared to put his face in the water, although he will always attempt to do it. His freestyle, breaststroke and backstroke kicking is good. All the strokes are assisted by a noodle and a kicker board . He knows how to enter and exit the pool.
Sisipho is confident enough when getting in the water, but still a bit scared to put her face in the water and blow bubbles. Freestyle, breaststroke and backstroke kicking  needs more attention too. She knows how to enter and exit the pool. All the strokes are assisted by a noodle and a kicker board.
It will be so exciting when the students advance to actual swimming and diving! We can't wait to share their progress with you and hope you are cheering them along with us!
Sisipho
Sisipho
Sitha
Sitha
Roche and Indiphile
Roche and Indiphile
Shiloh and Remizane
Shiloh and Remizane
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Swim student
Swim student

Swimming lessons at the Love to Langa Swimming Academy are going very well so far! Most of the children have never been in the water before, so they have to acclimate slowly. Here are a few updates on our sponsored students, thanks to your donations. Please see the link for a video report from the Head Coach, Craig.

Zion

At first, Zion did not want to get into the pool but with a whole lot of games, we progressed.

Freestyle Kicking - his kicking is good and straight but must be assisted with a kicker board.

He is still not blowing bubbles in a comfortable manner.

His back float kick is good also with assistance from the coach.

He knows how to get in and out of the pool.

Breast stroke - His breaststroke is coming along good using the noodle.

Zion enters the pool correctly.

 

Roshe

She was very happy to get into the water at our first lesson.

Freestyle Kick - Kicking is good and straight assisted with a kicker board.

She is not comfortable in putting her face under water but does blow bubbles.

Floating on her back is good as well as her backstroke kicking.

Breast Stroke - makes use of the noodle.

Roshe enters the pool correctly.

 

Indiphile

At the first lesson, Indiphile was very scared to get into the pool or do anything as he was afraid of the water going into his face. He now gets into the pool eagerly.

Freestyle kicking - Kicking is good and straight assisted by a kicking board.

Not comfortable in putting his face in water to blow bubbles but does attempt it.

Back float and backstroke a good and comfortable.

Breast stroke is good but it’s assisted with a noodle.

Knows how to get in and out of the pool.

Swim lesson
Swim lesson
Swim students
Swim students

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