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A household name across Hong Kong, Harry Wright International has been teaching the SAR’s kids to swim for over 40 years. Now, there are even more opportunities for DB and Lantau’s youngsters to learn swimming the ‘Wright’ way, with the addition of classes at Discovery Bay International School’s (DBIS) impressive rooftop pool. Open to everyone, classes are offered throughout the week at DBIS and cater for kids aged three right through to teenage.

Experienced swim instructor Marvin Johnson explains more…

Tell us about the swimming lessons at the DBIS pool.

We’ve been teaching children from across Lantau at the DBIS pool for a year now. It’s a great location, because DBIS forms a big part of the community. It’s an outdoor pool, which the kids love, and it’s heated, so we can run lessons all year round.

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What classes does Harry Wright run at the DBIS pool?

We teach a wide variety of ages and cater for all ability levels, from beginners all the way up to competitive squad swimming. We also offer a Swim for Fitness training group on Mondays and Fridays for teens swimmers who don’t want to take part in competitions, but want to stay fit. Lessons take place after school hours, and there are classes throughout the week.

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How long have you been teaching swimming with Harry Wright?

I’ve been coaching and teaching swimming with Harry Wright for nine years now. I’m originally from Cape Town in South Africa. I started swimming at a young age and competed throughout school. I also got involved in surf lifesaving and took part in many interprovincial and national competitions. I started swim coaching in 2004, and over the years I’ve coached many great swimmers, a number of whom have gone on to achieve national qualifying times and receive college scholarships.

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How does the Harry Wright method differ from schools you have taught at before?

The Harry Wright coaching philosophy is to offer swimmers of all levels a structured swim programme that ensures progression. We focus on the fundamentals of each stroke and work on technique in order to provide a pathway that helps swimmers excel.

We also try to make the lessons fun and engaging for the kids. As well as the traditional laps, at the end of each session we have a period of play time, with games such as diving for toys. The children really love this part. They think they are just playing games, but in fact they are still learning valuable skills.

What’s the most rewarding part of teaching children to swim?

Personally, I love seeing swimmers I have taught improve and progress through the year. It’s wonderful to watch them show perseverance and determination to achieve their goals and master new skills.

Apart from learning swimming skills, what other benefits do children gain from swimming lessons?

Swimming lessons are great for building children’s confidence. They’re an opportunity to make new friends and learn how to interact with teachers and peers. Competitive swimmers also learn life lessons such as discipline, hard work, dedication and ownership. As a coach, that’s something really great to see.

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To find out more about swimming lessons at the DBIS pool, visit www.harrywright.com.hk, or head to the DBIS Back To School Fair on August 25, where coaches Marvin and Alex will be conducting free on-site assessments in the pool from 10.30am to 12.30pm. To secure your place for the autumn term, beginning August 18, register online at www.harrywright.com.hk/appform/application.asp.

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