By TALEI TORA
Outrigger Fiji staff have had a chance of a lifetime learning swimming techniques from three-time Olympic swim gold medalist Shane Gould and her husband, expert swim coach Milton Nelms.
The duo conducted a week long swim clinic with the staff at the resorts main swimming pool.
The lessons which focused on proper swimming techniques as well as breathing under water has been very helpful with these staff that look after and interact with children at the resort.
“I learnt how to swim as a child at Veiuto Primary school, but the lessons from Milt and Shane has really taught me how to control my breathing whilst swimming, to use the dormant part of my brain to allow me to breathe better under water”, Activities attendant Sepesa Leweniqila said.
“As a Meimei Nanny, I am responsible for children and knowing how to swim properly is so important for our work. These lessons have taught me how to control my breathing, as well as a more relaxed method of swimming, so that I take control of my environment,” Meimei Nanny Maca Kabakoro stated.
Outrigger on the Lagoon · Fiji General Manager Peter Hopgood said the resort employs 75% of its staff from the nearby villages which are surrounded by the sea.
“Shane and Milt’s swim program was a perfect opportunity to improve on the swimming techniques of our staff, who have adapted really well to the lessons”, Mr. Hopgood added.
“This has been a great experience for our staff and we are very proud to have been able to co-sponsor these swim clinics at the Coral Coast”, he stated.
Outrigger on the Lagoon · Fiji in collaboration with the Australian High Commission and Pacific Trade and Invest are sponsoring the Community drowning prevention program which is working with villages and schools along the Coral Coast.
Outrigger on the Lagoon · Fiji was recognised as the Best Deluxe Accommodation in Fiji at the 2012 AON Excellence in Tourism awards, as well as the Best Fine Dining Restaurant for it’s Ivi Restaurant.
The resort prides itself on delivering all the luxury of a five star property with the unforgettable warmth only found in a traditional Fijian village.
Visit the Outrigger on the Lagoon ∙ Fiji website (www.outriggerfiji.com) to find out more about our premium services.