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Summer fun for everyone
Wellington is set to sizzle with the
start of the Summer City festival.
The festival swings into action this
weekend with the Out in the Square
gay and lesbian fair, Capital E s
Great Scavenger Hunt, the Birdman
competition and the Positively
The festival runs until the end of
March and includes a range of
Movies Kaikohi Demolition, Bill
Cunningham New York and Labyr-
inth will screen as part of the
Starlight Films series at Botanic
Music fans can look forward to the
popular Magic Gardens concerts,
also at Botanic Gardens, and the
Sunset Sessions at Shorland Park,
This year s line-up includes
performances by The Shenanigans,
The Roseneath Centennial Ragtime
Band and Justin Firefly.
See wellington.govt.nz for more
Swim coach's plan to
beat drowning stats
Swimming expert: Philip Waggott,
who wants more children being
taught to swim.
Photo: KATIE MCALISTER
By KATIE MCALISTER
A Wellington swimming expert
has set up a website he hopes
will improve New Zealand s
Philip Waggott, 27, said that
for an island nation with a
strong summer beach culture, it
was appalling that New
Zealand s drowning statistics
were so bad.
Mr Waggott, who competed
nationally as a swimmer in Brit-
ain, is a pool manager for Hutt
City Council and has taught
swimming for 13 years.
He said that with the cost of
swimming lessons too much for
many, parents needed to learn
how to teach their children basic
water survival skills.
He has just set up Splash
Save, a Wellington-based
website that sells water safety
When I moved to New Zea-
land about three years ago as a
swimming teacher, one of the
things that struck me was the
shocking drowning rate, so I
started to think up ways to com-
bat that, Mr Waggott said.
He said there was nothing
available at the moment that did
what Splash Save does.
It s a low cost, user-friendly
way to help parents teach their
kids how to swim to survive.
Watersafety New Zealand
manager Matt Claridge said
children were less able
swimmers than they were 10
years ago. There were 123
drownings last year compared to
87 in 2010, he said.
Sparc KiwiSport manager
Peter Woodman-Aldridge said
the education sector had
reduced funding in water safety,
so KiwiSport had invested more
than $500,000 in swimming and
water safety programmes
He said Learn to Swim was
the main programme and that
49 Hutt Valley and Porirua
schools were involved.
Mr Waggott said what Kiw-
iSport did was fantastic, but
that children didn t get enough
time in the water.
Also parents have that level
of trust with their child and are
150 times more invested in their
own child surviving than any
swimming teacher could be.
The Splash Save website out-
lines four steps that parents can
take to teach their children: sub-
mersion, floating, kicking and
Survival skills teaches
techniques such as fitting
lifejackets properly and forming
Mr Waggott said that
although a lot of parents took
their children to the pool, many
had no idea how to teach them
basic survival skills.
They re just kind of hoping
that by taking them in the water
every week or twice a week
something will magically hap-
pen and they ll be able to swim.
Mr Waggott said his friends
and family had used the lesson
plans, and he had received posi-
tive feedback. He has also
started teaching his nine-month
old son, Matthew, how to swim.
He said the website was in its
Funding from Water Safety
New Zealand was unavailable
because it did not support
The lesson plans and cheat
sheets and everything that
Splash Save provides is enough
to get them [the children] to a
level where they could float on
their back and kick, which is a
basic survival skill.
Each of the four sections costs
$10 each or the whole package
can be bought for $20.
For information, visit
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