Channel 7 reports on the English for Swimming initiative
Michelle Cowans - a language trainer at Navitas English and part-time swimming instructor with Different Strokes Swimming - came up with the concept for the ‘English For Swimming’ initiative having noticed how many students enrolled in the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) did not have basic swimming skills. She teamed up with head instructor Kari Baynes at Different Strokes Swimming to develop a program tailored specifically to the needs of newly arrived migrants and humanitarian entrants.
Michelle uses Virtual Reality videos and headsets to help the students overcome their fear in a safe environment, and begin their swimming lessons.
Channel 7 had sent a crew on 21 December to talk to the students, and followed them through their lessons - both in class and in the pool. The students started at the Tamarama Surf Life Saving Club with lessons on how to spot rips, the do's and don'ts of swimming in the sea, and then put on their VR headsets to find out first-hand what it felt like being underwater. Fayrouz Allam and Salma Aieshee answered different questions by the crew. The students then watched specially prepared videos on different aspects of swimming - before the team headed off to the Bronte Rock Pool.
The Channel 7 team followed the students as they continued their lessons, and interviewed both Michelle and Kari Baynes.
It was a great day out for a swim, and everybody enjoyed themselves.