Swimming for Less Privileged Children


The world are surrounded by sea and rivers, knowing how to properly swim become an essential skill for every individual. Majority of the children from welfare home don’t get the privilege to learn how to swim. In order to overcome this limitation, IMU Cares collaborated with Swim-in12 swimming school to provide opportunity for the less privileged children to take up swimming skills.

In cooperation with IMU Psychology department, a research study on water phobic among the beginners during swimming lesson will be conducted. The outcome of this study will benefit the community and IMU partner in improving future swimming lessons to overcome water phobia among beginners.



  • To provide swimming lessons for the less privileged children.
  • To improve fitness level and promote healthy lifestyle among the less privileged children.
  • To improve self-confident with the individual ability to overcome water-phobia.
  • To allow IMU students to learn mentoring skills and to be involved in community-based research.

Target Audience

  • Underprivileged children at Children’s homes and mixed welfare homes


IMU Cares Integration with MPU (U4) Module

Many student groups have been conducting community service projects at existing IMU Cares Community Partners as part of their MPU (U4) project. Find below the list of activities that students can undertake as part of their MPU (U4) project. Each student group may select one of the following:

  1. Make arrangement on lesson schedule between swimming school and community partner.
  2. Prepare a pre-swimming presentation, distribution of swimsuit, and collection of risk management and declaration form during home visit.
  3. Undergo basic life support training before the actual swimming lesson begin.
  4. During the swimming lesson, assist swimming instructors in conducting the swimming class as well as provide snack and beverage to children after the swimming lesson.
  5. Assist psychology faculty member to conduct a water phobia survey during the swimming lesson.
  6. Assist in analysing the survey results.


Project Details

If you are interested to know more or have any enquiries on this project, kindly drop an email to the project leader below.

Key Project: Swimming for Less Privileged Children
Project Leader: Dr Tan Boon Keat
Email: boonkeat_tan@imu.edu.my