Penny’s Piece, February 2015

R_PennyGaylorI’m writing this month’s column on my IPad at the council’s awesome community facility, the Otaki Pool.

I’m here yet again, having had our youngest two lads do two weeks of the pool’s intensive swimming lesson programme. The progress for the 8 and 6 year old boys was spectacular, and necessary.

This great facility has been enhanced by the excellent swimming trainers; a big thumbs ups to all our pool staff who have lifted the experience for swimmers.

We’ve just re-signed for lessons in the term, because after the frightening number of tragic drownings around New Zealand this summer, I’ve been shocked into realising that the most important after-school activity my lads can do is to improve their water safety skills.

My heart goes out to all those families whose day of fun and time together has turned into a water tragedy.

Here in Otaki we have our awesome pool to play and train in, we also have a gorgeous sprawling beach, and our rivers and streams offer more cooling playground choices.

Kapiti Coast District Council has supported the Otaki (and Paekakariki) Surf Lifesaving Clubs financially for some years. And long may that continue.

Our beach surf club members train hard to make sure there is a beach area patrolled by skilled life guards. The dedication and commitment of a huge number of volunteers is greatly appreciated and a credit to the caring ethos of our Otaki community.
But first and foremost, I’m going to do all that I can to make sure my kids have fun in the water, have water safety skills, and above all respect the risks.

Footnote:

I’ll be running the 8th annual Otaki Children’s Day event at our Otaki pool on Sunday 1st March.

I hope to see you there for a free fun day with our precious children.

Kind regards, Penny