MALACCA: In the 70s and 80s, the idea of introducing comprehensive and progressive swimming teaching courses was bandied among national and state level swimming coaches, officials and technical personnel.
Also included was the provision of systematic modules as well as promotion of prevention of drowning through safety awareness and water safety procedures.
However, the then response was far from encouraging. Recently Malacca strode to the forefront to take the lead.
Several swimming enthusiasts from Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Perak, Penang, Johor and Sabah converged at the historic city to successfully conceptualize the formation of the Malaysia Swimming Teachers’ Association (MSTA).
At a meeting late last year officiated by long time Malaaca Amateur Swimming Association secretary (1972-1989) and Foo Chee Han the president and advisor of the Singapore Swimming Teachers’ Association put together their expertise and experience to pioneer the setting up of the national association.
Presently and already affiliated to the 1932-established International Federation of Swimming Teachers’ Association (IFSTA) based in the United Kingdom, MSTA is currently on a membership drive while profoundly undertaking objectives of preservation of human lives by the teaching of swimming, life saving and survival techniques via five principal courses.
According to Wee, these courses are aimed at promoting and providing quality systematic teaching in swimming while raising the standard of teachers in Malaysia, to promote prevention of drowning through safety awareness at all times.
Also in the pipeline are courses related to the teaching of aquatics, life saving and life guarding while conforming to IFSTA certification and recognition.
Wee, the new MSTA president said “During the 70s and good part of the 80s, there was a concerted move to introduce and promote IFSTA designed programmes and courses but response was lukewarm. Now with the official formation of our national association, we are bent on serving all Malaysians keen on swimming coaching and related activities like life saving and water survival techniques for one and all in community and society..
Among the courses provided by the MSTA include the basic swimming teachers’ certification, certification in the teaching of swimming for baby and preschoolers, teaching certification for people with disabilities and certification in general aquatics As MSTA is listed as a non-profit making association, the promotion of interests and welfare of swimming instructors and members as well as the promotion of charity work and services to the general community, also comes under its portfolio.
Wee further noted that an in-house survey discovered that more than 80% of Malaysians cannot swim 25 metres. What is even more concerning is that most of these people are living in rural areas due to lack of swimming facilities or swimming lessons in children’s school curricula, he remarked.
“So to overcome these setbacks, our association is willing to go the ground to provide training and registration of professional coaches, teachers and related personnel involved in swimming, life guarding, water safety and associated disciplines. Participants of our courses will be duly certified and accordingly recognised by IFSTA” he added.
Details, call May Ang Seok Leng at 013-3029 744.