SINGAPORE – More than a year ago, Madam Lin Kim Ming (60) went swimming after having severe back pain.
And since then, the discomfort that she felt that sometimes made her unable to get out of bed did not come back.
On Sunday (August 26) she joined about 2000 others during a mass swimming event as part of North West SwimSafer Day 2018, to show her support and encourage others to participate in the sport.
The event took place at three locations: Woodlands Swimming Complex, Yishun Swimming Complex and Choa Chu Kang Swimming Complex.
The aim was to encourage residents in the area to live a healthy lifestyle and learn water safety, and gave lifesaving demonstrations.
Madam Lin, who is retired, had no knowledge of swimming before she signed up for lessons at the North West SwimSafer Club about a year ago.
"At first I was scared because I was afraid nobody would know if I had sunk to the bottom of the pool, but my classmates and I were looking for each other," said the former kitchen assistant.
Not only is her health improved, she also feels more energetic and swims at least three times a week at the Woodlands Swimming Complex.
"Now I have something to look forward to, I sometimes joke with my family and tell them I'm too busy because I have to go swimming."
The North West SwimSafer day, which commences its fifth year, is an annual event for community bonding and healthy living, organized by the North West Community Development Council (CDC) and the National University of Singapore University Lifeguard Corps.
As part of the festivities on Sunday, host of the event Dr Teo Ho Pin, mayor of the North West District, and guest of honor Amrin Amin, Senior Secretary of State for Home Affairs and Health and advisor to the Woodlands Grassroots Organizations, were also present to support them. to express.
Said Dr Teo: "Since its launch in 2014, the North West SwimSafer Club has provided a safe platform for learning, practicing and binding for at least 1,300 residents."
Last year, the club lowered the minimum age of 50 to 21 years to encourage more adults to learn water survival skills.
The Northwest CDC actively encourages residents to lead an active and healthy lifestyle and learn about water safety and water survival through the North West SwimSafer Club and North West SwimSafer Day.
In addition to basic swimming and water survival skills, residents can also pick up life-saving skills through another initiative, the North West Life Saving Club.