Wednesday, January 30, 2008


A Secondary 1 boy drowned while learning to swim at the Clementi Swimming Complex during the inaugural swimming lessons conducted by his secondary school. Ironically, these swimming lessons are started to teach the students basic swimming and water survival skills.

This incident flashed back my memories many years ago when I was similarly in Secondary 1, attending a swimming lesson conducted by my secondary school.

As the swimming lessons were conducted some 2 hours after school ended at noon, my friends and I decided to go to the pool early for practices.

Developing leg cramps while swimming inside the pool after half an hour, I waved frantically at my other friends who had ventured far away from me. My mouth kept gulfing the chlorinated water as my head went deeper and deeper down the waters…..

It was a close shave as my friends swum back to me and pulled me to safety.

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