‘Learn to Swim’ programme heads to Essequibo


Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport (MCYS) and the National Sports Commission (NSC) announced the launch of a free Learn to Swim programme in Essequibo County.

The initiative begins on Saturday, July 6th, 2024, at the Imam Bacchus Swimming Pool in Affiance.

This program marks a significant moment for the region, aligning with the government’s “One Guyana” initiative to bridge development gaps nationwide.

Director of Sport Steve Ninvalle highlighted this connection, stating the program’s importance in promoting water safety and inclusivity.

Dignitaries, including Minister of Sport Charles Ramson Jr., Ninvalle, and Regional Chairman Vilma De Silva, will participate in the opening ceremony starting at 14:00h.

The programme has garnered significant interest, with over 350 registrants from coastal villages and Pomeroon. Sessions will cater to both children and adults, with separate timings:

  • Children: Fridays & Saturdays, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM or 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM (July 7, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28)
  • Adults: Sundays, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM (July 7, 14, 21, 28)

A team of experienced coaches led by Head Swimming Coach Paul Mahaica will ensure a smooth and successful program and foster a safe and comfortable learning environment for all participants.

Individuals interested in registering can contact Regional Sports Officer Ms. Wazeeda Bacchus (667-0207) or Head Coach Paul Mahaica (615-5714).

Information is also available on the Ministry’s or Guyana Learn to Swim Facebook pages.

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