MORE than 160 swimmers gathered with their respective coaches and parents to be tested for under the Learn To Swim Brunei (LTS-Brunei) certification system.
LTS-Brunei is a free-of-charge service developed by National Head Coach Eric Landa, to teach Bruneians to learn how to swim properly for their safety, pleasure and health.
According to a press release from the Brunei Amateur Swimming Association (BASA), the LTS-Brunei certification system is based on the best programmes from around the world and compiled into a programme suitable for any age and place in Brunei.
There are seven levels of difficulty in the programme, where Level 7 is considered the closest participants can get to competitive swimming and training.
The programme is considered unique due to its simplicity, as anyone can join or practice it. It is also freely available to anyone.
The main goal of the programme is to have as many children certified with LTS-Brunei as possible.
LTS-Brunei is conducted three to four days annually and has been done twice already, with the third taking place in November in the Tutong District.
Around 600 LTS-Brunei certificates have been handed out since the programme started in 2012 with plans on expanding the programme at schools as part of their CCA lessons.
BASA has also recently introduced another programme called Learn To Train in August 2014. Learn To Train is a programme aimed at grooming the next generation of swimmers in the Sultanate and is held thrice weekly from 7pm to 8.30pm at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex Swimming Pool.
Interested parties can enquire by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or visiting their website www.bruneiswimming.com.