Swimming lessons in progress – The Hindu

For the brothers, J Nabeel Jamaludeen from class 7 and J Tharique Jamaludeen from class 3 from Kanpur, swimming is more fun than playing video games online after joining the summer swimming camp at the unit Madurai of the Tamil Nadu Sports Development Authority at the MGR Sports Stadium on Race Course Road here.

The boys’ father said he signed them up for the morning and evening sessions as he felt their time was useful during their vacation in their hometown of Madurai. “It keeps them physically active and moving. Well, they would also have interesting things to share at school to have something newly learned during their holidays.

“I feel happy when I’m in the pool and the lessons are fun. I love the experience,” Nabeel said.

Interested applicants from seven years old (over 125cm in height) to 60 years old can register for the Summer Swim Camp, which has not been held due to COVID-19 induced closures.

Currently, more than 103 children are trained in beginner level classes in four groups in a day that runs from 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 a.m., 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m.

About 25 people for each batch are trained for 12 days at a cost of ₹1,770.

Parents of class 5 student from Kendriya Vidyalaya from Nari Medu said: “I am afraid of water so I didn’t want the same for my daughter. But to my happiness, she really enjoys her swimming lessons and has learned the sport very well.

“Swimming is a life skill and it’s the only sport in which every part of the body is in action,” said one of the coaches.

It helps increase breath control and rectify breathing difficulties and is one of the best exercises, he added.

According to R. Arputhakumar, a staff member, students wishing to continue learning after the camp can also enroll and undergo professional training under the guidance of a coach.

He added that three of their students who enrolled in similar summer camps before went on to compete nationally and internationally winning many accolades.

The current batch ends on June 14. A new batch will take place between June 15 and June 28.