Aquatics is a component part of the Physical Education Strand of the Primary School Curriculum. Irish Water Safety has developed a course that incorporates all aspects of the Aquatics Strand – called PAWS (Primary Aquatics Water Safety). This programme was specially tailored for primary school pupils and is exclusive to schools.
Pupils in Milford N.S. have the opportunity to be part of Irish Water Safety’s fastest growing programme. This aquatic programme is taught to our pupils in the University Of Limerick, where we have weekly access to the Olympic-sized pool in the University Arena. Children in the classes from Senior Infants to Sixth Class have the opportunity to get swimming lessons for 16 weeks of the school year. We are very fortunate to have the services of a highly qualified team of instructors to teach our pupils in a wonderful facility located on our doorstep.
Through PAWS pupils not only learn how to swim they also learn to understand and appreciate the water. They also have fun through the water-based games that are involved in the programme. After completing the PAWS Programme pupils will have the ability to swim, interact with others, and most importantly be responsible around water. As with normal Swimming Lessons children learn how to swim with PAWS but they gain so much more with this programme. Aspects covered in the PAWS Programme range from Water Safety Knowledge to Survival Skills to basic Rescue Skills.
National PAWS Certificates are issued from Irish Water Safety, the statutory voluntary body established to promote water safety in Ireland, to our pupils who participate in the programme. The main aim of PAWS is to significantly reduce the number of our young people lost to drowning each year.
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