The programme, sponsored by Unite BVI, Nanny Cay Resort & Marina and other corporate partners, allows for anyone in the territory to register and join the beginner’s classes.
“What I do is I teach anyone who wants to learn how to swim, to swim safely and that kind of stuff… I personally don’t charge, if people want to pay you can pay for the service but if you can’t afford to I would still teach,” Mr Igwe told Virgin Islands News Online (VINO).
“It’s been going for years, it’s just a swimming programme… not really an initiative, I’m a swimming instructor,” Igwe further said while revealing that he has taught thousands of people to swim in the VI over a 24-year period.
For the beginners Level 1 course, the basics are being taught in just seven lessons and, according to Mr Igwe, children as young as 1-year-old can be a part of the programme once accompanied by a parent.
After Level 1, persons can progress to level 2 and 3 certification and eventually become a lifeguard as certified by the American Red Cross Society.
“With my programme… once you finish training the American Red cross will certify you as a lifeguard, but obviously you have to pass a little test,” he said.
Mr Igwe reminded that COVID-19 guidelines are in place for both adult and child who are interested in signing up for the programme.
Currently, registration is ongoing and forms can be uplifted from 5:00 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays from the Nanny Cay Resort and Marina during the swimming meet.
For registration and for more details, persons can also contact Mr Igwe on 284-344-9399 or 284-341-3525.