Aquanots Swimming Club goes further

Residents of Greenbury in Phoenix and surrounding areas are encouraged to involve their children in extracurricular activities, such as swimming from an early age.

That’s the belief of retired lifeguard Siva Padaychee, who has since started training people to swim, empowering them, especially in the water.

“Teaching and training are two different things. You have to love the sport of swimming, but having the passion and patience, especially with children, is critically important,” Padayachee said.

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The Rainham Pool, opened in 1982, in Phoenix was home to children and other members of society, who regularly took advantage of the recreational facility. Unfortunately, since the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic and poor housekeeping practices, the establishment is now temporarily closed.

Padayachee has taken it upon himself to build a swimming pool in his backyard, which he uses to train and teach children and adults, who have a talent for swimming but also want to learn the necessary skills when in a body of water, to avoid drowning.

Padayachee trains 12 children under the age of 13 in one-hour sessions, three times a week.

He said: “Some of the kids have been with us since toddlerhood and they are now academy and club graduates. We want and should inculcate the importance of swimming in children as it teaches them many lessons for future life. Our parent organization, KZN Aquatics, gives us the opportunity to wrestle and compete provincially, nationally and internationally, which is truly fantastic. The Midmar Mile is one such competition, which featured many kids from the Aquanots swimming club, who excelled and completed the grueling swim. For more information on the swimming program, contact Siva Padayachee at 082-499-2722.