Srinagar, June 21: After successfully organizing swimming camp during the month of Ramadan, the department of tourism Kashmir organized a swimming competition among the participants on Wednesday.
Fifty students of different schools who successfully learnt swimming participated in the 200 meter free-style event at Water Sports Center, Nigeen Club.
Director Tourism Kashmir Mahmood A Shah flagged off the race and also gave away certificates and prizes among the participants at the concluding ceremony.
Speaking on the occasion, Director Tourism Kashmir said they organized swimming camp during month of Ramadhan to train youth in this important sport who can later become rescuers also.
A total of 250 students participated in the swimming camp of which best 50 students were shortlisted for the swimming competition. They were also provided recue skills during the camp.
Director Tourism Kashmir said only few schools have swimming pools where students learn swimming but most of the students are deprived of this sports who should be taught at the young age.
“Swimming is not only a healthy sports but it is a life saving skill. A swimmer not only saves himself during any eventuality but also helps in rescuing others,” said Mahmood Shah.
Last year also the department organized swimming camp in which 350 students learnt swimming.
Director Tourism Kashmir urged schools to send their students to the Nigeen Water Sports Center where all facilities are available to learn swimming who are taught by certified trainers.
“We are holding such camps regularly and accommodate maximum number of students.”
Deputy Director Registration Wasim Raja, VC Jammu Development Authority Rajesh Shrawan and Additional Secretary Finance Mohammad Shahid Saleem were also present on the occasion.