4H Swim Camp

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Eleven Bertie County campers graduated from Swim Camp this summer. The week of July 10th, these campers headed to Ahoskie to ECU Wellness Center to learn how to swim.

During the first day of camp, Miss Marti, Miss Lisa, and Miss Regan instructed the children on the rules of swimming, the significance of proper breathing techniques, the art of floating on their backs, and how to execute the deadman’s float. The hour was filled with valuable knowledge and the campers were attentive and enthusiastic about learning.

The campers were enthusiastic about learning to swim. On the second day, they continued to practice the skills they learned the previous day. Additionally, they introduced the “tiger crawl” (also known as the “doggy paddle”).

On day three, we moved into deeper waters to put our tiger crawl skills to the test. The campers were taught to combine all the skills they had learned so far. They began with the deadman’s float and then practiced adding the tiger crawl.

The fourth day, was spent practicing treading water. They learned to incorporate everything that they learned up until this point. They practiced what they would do if they were in trouble in the water and needed help. The first thing and maybe the most important was “think, don’t sink”. They were reminded that they could tread water and yell for help while waving their arms. Miss Marti reminded them that when they got tired they could float on their back to rest and still be able to yell and wave their arms.

On day five, the campers were in a classroom where they received a brief CPR course. Miss Lisa reminded them that when they got the opportunity to apply the skills they learned, they should be confident. After the course, the campers took a test based on their knowledge from the week. At the end of the test, all the campers were awarded with a certificate.

Collage of swimming students posing with certificates