"Children are not things to be moulded, but are people to be unfolded." - Jess Lair
On 12 August 2019, we hosted a public Swim & Play with Finns event for the very first time since our opening. This campaign was brought on by a collective passion to ensure that accidental drowning becomes a thing of the past, and that all children are equipped with the knowledge and skills to manage themselves under and with water.
We hosted 80 children along with their parents. Of the groups, we had two fully capacitated Baby Play Groups and six Kids' Groups. The Baby Play Group consisted of infants/toddlers from 6 months to 36 months. Our Kids' Groups had children as young as 3 years old to as old as 10 years of age.
Needless to say, our centre was packed to the brim with play stations set up- and downstairs. Light bites and refreshments were provided while our team mingled and played with waiting parents and excited, often fearful, children. The day kicked off and at 11:30 AM sharp, we ushered in our first group of kids to the pool.
A few things to take away:
1. Every child is unique but they share one common love: candy. They approach our Registration table a bit unsure, still wading off drowsiness from the car ride and reserved to talk to stranger danger. By providing them a safe and nurturing environment allowed them to open up their true self, reflecting their big characters in small little smiles.
2. Children queues up a lot better than adults. They listen to instructions, hand in hand, single file, to get to their ultimate destination. They've got each other's back even if they first started off as strangers.
3. They are unafraid of water.
4. They respond to music and dance.
5. They are confident, even without the comfort of their parental supervision. They stride quickly and comfortably in their own skin and glamour.
6. After a swim and play, they are often famished and dehydrated. Our food counter flooded with children with trays of pasta and sandwiches.
7. Children are horrible slime makers, despite how frequent they watch various types of slime making videos on YouTube.
8. They learn at their own page and each one has a uniquely different way of digesting information presented to them. Given the right aforementioned attention, they excel in whatever they're participating in.
9. They are clean. In fact, it was the adults on our team that made the most mess.
10. They are all capable of learning to become young swimmers so that they may grow into adults who are unafraid of water.
We humbly thank every parent that took out time on their day off to introduce swimming lessons to their children. We had our team take professional photographs of the swimming portion of the event. To get the photos, please visit our Facebook page @finnsbsc
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