Dir tourism gives away certificates to swimmers, extends coaching camp for one more week
Srinagar, Aug 25: Department of tourism Kashmir Friday gave away certificates to the around 200 swimmers who had learnt swimming successfully at Nigeen Water Sports Center during the two month coaching camp.
The department started swimming coaching camp at Nigeen Water Sports Center in the month of June for non-swimmers which received overwhelming response from the locals.
Hundreds of the people of different age groups attended the camp out of which 200 were trained successfully.
Director Tourism Kashmir Mahmood A Shah distributed the certificates to the swimmers today at 6 am at the coaching camp.
Speaking on the occasion, Director Tourism said the need for imparting swimming skills to the locals was felt after the floods struck Valley in September 2014.
“During the floods, we realized how important the swimming is. Those who were good at swimming were at the forefront in rescue operations. Locals also felt that they should learn swimming. As we possess necessary infrastructure here, we decided to organize swimming classes for locals,” said Director Tourism.
While addressing the trainees in the camp, he said the department started coaching camp last year for short period “but this year we extended the camp for two months due to large response from the locals”.
Director Tourism Kashmir expressed happiness over the response for the camp from all age groups.
“I am happy to see the both father and his child in the same swimming classes here. This shows how much swimming is valued now. Kashmir besides have natural beauty is prone to disasters for which everybody needs to be ready. At least those who learn swimming here can save themselves from any flood like situation. They won’t be scared of water now,” he said.
Children were imparted training in the swimming pool at the center while as the boys and elderly persons were trained in the Nigeen Waters.
The camp was scheduled to conclude today with the certificate distribution to the participants, however, the locals and participants on the occasion insisted the Director to extend the camp for more days.
The Director agreed to keep the camp open till the end of this month.
The department has kept necessary manpower and equipments ready at the water sports center for any exigency.
The participants were given life saving jackets initially till they learnt to float on the water.
Expert swimmers besides boats, canoes, kayaks were available for the camp.
President Adventure Tour Operators Association of Kashmir (ATOAOK) who was also present at the function today appreciated the efforts of the tourism department in conducting such camps.
Riyaz Wani supervised the camp during the two months. (KNS)