UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES RESERVE OFFICERS' TRAINING CORPS

Just keep swimming with UP ROTC
21 May 2014 at 1325H

Cadet Officers and Sponsors shared the fun of summer by having basic swimming training conducted by the Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary at the Makati Aquatic Sports Complex last 17 May 2014.

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The session covered the basic buoyancy test to gliding, drownproofing techniques, the proper swimming strokes like freestyle, elementary backstroke, and  breaststroke. The session went longer with the breaststroke because it requires good coordination.

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The participants’ last challenge was to stay in water without their feet touching the pool’s bottom for fifteen (15) minutes. This made the participants utilize the different treading techniques taught like fetal position, dead man’s position and floating position. These techniques require little energy and with that, a swimmer may be able to rest whenever they’re tired from swimming.

As LTCDR del Ponso PCGA, Vanguard ’92 reiterated during the session: To be able to save others, you must learn how to save yourself first. How will you rescue someone in water if you can’t survive the waters yourself?

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