Saturday, 21 December 2013

Term Break 2013

Dear Parents,

Please kindly be reminded that we are having our term break from this week till 1/1/2014. Lessons will resume from 2/1/2014.

Fees for December will be pro rate to $30/student. We would kindly appreciate parents with outstanding payments to transfer the fees to my POSB savings account at 109-08497-2.

Students who requires make up lessons may go online to to choose theslots from 2/1/2014.

We will revise our fees to $70/month (For public pool group classes) starting from 2014.

The next test dates for 2014 will be in January & March. Exact details will be published on our website. Kindly refer for more information.

Students may submit the forms in January.
If you need a change in schedule for 2014, kindly let us know by 31/12/2013.

Wishing everyone a happy holidays and Happy New Year.

Best Regards
The Water Family Enrichment Centre

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

SSPA (Singapore Swimming Proficiency Award)

The Singapore Swimming Proficiency Award(SSPA) is an award structure based on a swimmer’s ability to swim any of the four recognised strokes in compliance with FINA rules for competitive swimming. This is the latest swimming syllabus in Singapore.

All strokes are to be swum in compliance with FINA rules for competitive swimming.

Below are the qualifying timings for each level.

Tests and Certificates are conducted/ issued by Singapore Swimming Association.

Level 1
Level 2
Level 4
Level 5
Level 6
Sea Lion
Front crawl
Individual Medley
All events will include Starts, Turns and Finishes except for 50m events which will not incorporate a turn.
All strokes are to be swum in compliance with FINA rules for competitive swimming.

Test dates of SSPA in Year 2014

1 March
12 July
12 September
28 November

Note: Dateline for registration closes 1 month prior to test dates.

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

TWFEC Swim Carnival 2013

We held our Swim Carnival 2013 on 10 November/
 For the past 11 years, 
whenever the family organized an event, it rained.

This year without fail, the rain came upon us. 
Thankfully, everyone prayed hard enough. 
Lightning risk alert went off minutes just before the start of our event. 
Once the rain left, the wonderful and cooling weather accompanied us throughout our event.

It's never easy to organize a big event like ours. 
A lot of planning, co-ordination, and information dissemination. 
Most importantly, a lot of safety planning. 
A lot. 
My ex-MOE-teacher wife said that an event like this 
is usually planned by the whole PE department and
carried out by the whole school.

We have 3 of us and the support of each and every parent. 
For that, we are very thankful.

Nothing matters more than the safety of our swimmers and the safety of all the supporters. 
Medics & Ambulance on standby.

The registration queue.

Getting the swimmers ready for their individual events.

After the safety briefing, the 1st event - 50m Freestyle.

"Sports is not about winning or losing. It's about your effort, your participation 
and your determination" -  Teacher Jerry, 10 November 2013

It was  heartening to hear the crowd clap for all the swimmers. 
The applause were especially loud for the concluding swimmer. 
We could see everybody put in their best effort.

I am sure it was a very valuable learning experience for our swimmers who took part in the carnival. 
An experience that will last them a lifetime. 
For us teachers, nothing is more fulfilling than watching our children plunge into the water. 

Memories of their first swimming lesson flooded back to us. 
Some were so afraid of the water. 
Some were screaming. 
Some were running all over the pool. 
Some had their strokes all mixed up. 
Some simply love the water. 
Many were eagerly waiting for us to teach them how to blow bubbles.

Today, everyone is a champion. 
I know, we are going to produce more champions. 
More achievers.
In the pool and outside the pool. 

Kerstin, from a young girl, 
to a Singapore Sports School student 
to a 100m hurdler champion. 
It was not been easy for her. 
I witnessed her journey. 

 It was especially touching when she sent me a message volunteering to help us with our event. 
Together with Desmond & Carol, my very first pioneer swimmer children 
who have all grown up were back for "A mini gathering" to volunteer.

There might be some blunders and slight delay.
 However life is about learning & not make the same mistake again. 
That is  how we learn. 
With your feedback,  next year's meet  will be an even better one.  

The Water Family Enrichment Centre Swim Carnival 2013 
is definitely a milestone and 
an event where we experienced the support and love of everyone 
like a big family -The Water Family.

Once again, thanks to all volunteers and photographers! 
Individual photo credits to photographers are stated on our FaceBook.

More photos are available at  
Results & timings are available at

Thursday, 7 November 2013

3 more days!


Startlist is now available for download at

Do check with your respective teachers on the userid & password.

Wishing all participants a safe and enjoyable race!

Thursday, 24 October 2013

Teacher Summer's Group Tuition (2014/SG)

Click on Image/s to Enlarge.

Dear Parents and Children, 

  1. Please note that the schedule is subject to changes.
  2. All fees are indicated clearly as I believe transparency is very important.
  3. Places are limited, please do inform me if you are interested.
  4. All one-to-one lessons are taken up, please do inform me if you would like to be on the waiting list.

Thank you for your support and for always believing in me.


SG: +65 9796 4130
JB: +60 18280 3778

Monday, 14 October 2013

The Straits Times & 新明日报

Thursday, 3 October 2013

All Singapore Sports Council Facilities Will Be Closed At 5pm On 5 October 2013

Dear parents & students,

Please kindly be reminded that all Singapore Sports Council facilities will be closed at 5pm on 5/10/2013 to celebrate their 40th Birthday. As such, swimming lessons will end at 4pm on that day.

There will be no swimming lessons from 4pm onwards. Students affected will have their lessons rescheduled. Kindly check with your respective teachers on the arrangement.

Monday, 30 September 2013

The Straits Times, 23/09/2013

Monday, 23 September 2013

Super Typhoon Usagi

Children swim in a flooded walkway as rough waves crash on concrete banks along the coast of Manila Bay brought by Super Typhoon Usagi in Navotas City, metro Manila September 21, 2013. (REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco)

Saw this photo on yahoo and felt a lot of emotions. Be thankful for what you have.

Monday, 16 September 2013


Thais make 1 of the best commercials in the world. A touching ad by TrueMoveH

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Teacher's Day

We appreciate the thought of giving your teachers at The Water Family Enrichment Centre a gift on this special day. However, we would like you to help others who may need it more instead. Please do not buy your teachers any gift this year.

Thursday, 15 August 2013

Foundation for Children

The kiddos & parents knew it. We were going to Thailand to visit our adopted Charity. Foundation for Children.

Our collection of old clothes and soft toys started as early as May. Due to the overwhelming responses, we had no choice but to stop taking in donation in July. Thank you everyone for your spontaneous donation!

Look who we saw before our flight! It's Ian Wright! Yeah! I was like a small kid calling out his name when I saw him! "Ian Wright! Ian Wright! May I take a picture with you please?" And he said "Yes!" What a great start to our holiday! =D

Teacher Summer's birthday was on 12 August, same day as Thailand Queen Sirikit. Blessed. She told me, she wanted to celebrate her birthday at the Foundation by treating the children to a meal over there. Initially, we planned to buy them MacDonald meals. However due to health and nutrition concerns, we decided that it was best to let the Foundation cook for the children.

I, on the other hand, asked our Thai friend to prepare a cake to surprise her. =) It was tough trying to hide this secret from Summer. Well, I'm glad the surprise turned out pretty nicely. Thank you Nuch for preparing the cake for X!

Teacher Summer with the 1st group of children.

After the birthday song, it was lunch time for the kiddos! They really enjoyed their meals!

2nd group of children from the foundation. They thanking us in Thai for preparing lunch for them. I felt touched hearing them say Thanks and patiently waited for us to serve them lunch 1 by 1.

The awesome group of parents and students who helped us bring the donations over, Thank you! From the bottom of our hearts, we thank each and everyone of you for volunteering to help us out with our luggage. Thank you for supporting us in this cause.

Words can't express our gratitude enough. Really.

After lunch, it was time to bring the children to see what we had brought for them. They were patiently awaiting for their soft toys...

Look at their smiles and how appreciative they are. These children taught me something. "Things that we don't treasure, there will always be someone out there who will appreciate."

A simple soft toy like Angry Bird & a teddy bear will make them very happy.

Teacher Summer & the in-charge

This trip back home to Thailand has been awesome. Great company. Great group. Great people. Alot of people think that the children are blessed because we cared for them. No. I think we are the ones who are being blessed.

It's always nice to meet great parents who are willing to take out time to travel on such trips with us. Thank you. Really Thank you to you all for taking time off to go on this trip with us. Thank you.

It took us 1hr30mins to travel from our hotel to the Foundation. No one complained about the distance. Not even my 2 lovely students. They were enjoying the trip. I really hope they learn something out of this "Learning Journey".

For myself, I learnt alot. I learnt that we are the lucky ones, fortunate ones, blessed ones. One can live happily and simply. No need for latest gadgets, latest toys. Appreciate all the little things around in your life. Because life is short.

While you complain of not knowing what you want to eat during your lunch break at the food court, Remember, there is someone out there starving without food.

While you complain that your parents do not want to buy you the latest Ipad, Iphone,
Remember, there is someone out there without parents.

While you start comparing with your friends where you went for your holidays,
Remember, there is someone out there wishing they had someone they can hug.

While you complain that your shirt is old and you want to buy a new one,
Remember, there is someone out there wishing that the shirt you are wearing belongs to them.

While you are thinking that you do not have enough shoes,
Remember, there is someone out there who walks without shoes.

While you complain that you have too much homework to do,
Remember there is someone out there who wishes that he has a pencil and a notebook he can write.

Lastly, While you complain that life is unfair to you,
Remember, there is someone out there who only has 1 wish - To let him live another day.

Thursday, 8 August 2013

Please take note

Dear parents,

Please kindly take note that there will be no swimming & tuition lessons this week for Teacher Jerry & Teacher Summer students. We will be visiting our adopted Orphanage home in Thailand and bring all the donations to them.

For students who have passed us the donations, on behalf of the children, we thank you.

For Teacher Rae students, all lessons will resume this week from 10 August 2013.

We wish everyone a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri & Happy National Day Singapore!

Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Important dates to take note

Dear parents,

Please kindly be reminded that there will no lessons on the following dates.

For Teacher Rae students:

29 /07/2013 (Monday) to 07/08/2013 (Wednesday)

For Teacher Jerry & Teacher Summer students:

No lessons from 29/07/2013 (Monday) to 31/07/2013 (Wednesday) &
No lessons from 07/08/2013 (Wednesday) to 12/08/2013 (Monday)

No lessons on 30/08/2013 (Friday) - 5th Week

Lessons will be as usual on 31/08/2013 (Saturday) & 29/09/2013 (Sunday)

Friday, 19 July 2013

Pico Iyer: Where is home?

An inspiring talk by Pico Lyer

Thursday, 4 July 2013

54th National Primary Schools Swimming Championship 2013

Congratulations to all our swimmers who took part in the 54th National Primary Schools Swimming Championship 2013!

You've all done well during your heats and all of you have broken your personal best records! Well Done & Keep it up! Like we always say, "We can only get better!"

Here's what Teacher Jerry have to say,

"Since Year 2010, I've been sending my students for the National Primary School Championship every year. In 2010, I had only 2 students who qualified. 4 years later, I've 10 students who qualified.

I always tell my kids on the very day of their competition. "Today, all Teacher Jerry want you to do is to break your personal best timing. Don't look left, don't look right. Don't go and see who is overtaking you. Just swim your best."

Looking back, The Water Family Enrichment Centre have come a long way. Today we have such an achievement because of the support of parents and those who believed in us.

There are bigger groups out there. There are famous coaches out there. There are ex-national swimmers, ex-national coaches out there. However, all of you believed in my training method and gave me all your support. For that, I thank everyone of you.

There are many swimmers who trained at least 3 times a week or even everyday. For most of my students, I only get to see them once a week. Maybe a bit more during the holidays. So, if you ask me, I'm super delighted with my students performance today. Our timings are not just average. It's above average!

As I stood at the coaching deck this afternoon conducting my warm up session for the children, I told myself - this is success.

We are like a small kampung. I bring these kampung kids out of the village to see what the world outside is really like. How the big boys swim, how the giants train. Win or lose doesn't really matter. Getting top 3 in their heats, that's a bonus. Breaking their personal best record is what I expected.

I'm grateful that I've the chance to grow up together with them, train with them, motivate them and bring out the very best in them. This is only the beginning of our chapter.

Because, we are going to produce even more World Class athletes. Well done to all our swimmers who participated in the championship. You've accomplished something in your life that many children of your age will never get to experience."

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Lessons in Malaysia

With the clearing up of the haze, all lessons in Malaysia will resume as per usual staring from today.

Friday, 28 June 2013

5th Week Break

Dear Parents & Students, please kindly be reminded that there will be no swimming & tuition lessons from 29/06/2013 - 01/07/2013 (5th week.)

Have a great semester 2!

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Congratulations Natania!


Received good news from Stephanie.
Natania has been chosen to receive the Swimming Award presented by
BSN Junior School Vlaskamp in Netherland!
We are very proud of you here in Singapore, Natania! You go, Girl!

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Goodbye Haze!

Dear all,

Following the slow and hopefully departure of the Haze and the drop in PSI to the "Moderate" level, all swimming lessons in Singapore will resume with immediate effect.

Lessons in Malaysia will still be placed on hold until further notice.

Friday, 21 June 2013

Urgent & Important

Dear parents,

In view of the worsening haze and in consideration of all our students health. We have decided that all lessons will be cancelled this week.

Swimming lessons from 21 June 2013 (Friday) to 23 June 2013 (Sunday) will all be cancelled.

Parents are strongly advised to choose a replacement class for your children on our website under Replacement class

We thank you for your understanding and in the meantime, stay indoor, drink lots of water & stay strong!

Thursday, 20 June 2013

All sports facilities are closed

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Haze Alert

Dear all, stay indoors and drink lots of water! 

Thank you, Sunplay!

Friday, 31 May 2013

Congratulations to our winners!

Congratulations to our swimmers for winning 2 Silver & 2 Bronze during Anderson Primary School Swimming Competition. Well done Children!

Saturday, 25 May 2013

Lessons with Teacher Summer

Dear Parents and Students,

All my one-to-one tuition slots are taken up.
Primary 5, Primary 6 and All Secondary 
Group Lessons are also fully subscribed.
There are still vacancies for Primary 3 and 4 Group Lessons.

My most sincere apologies for not being able 
to accommodate to your needs at the moment.

Thank you for your support and faith in me.

Should there be any available place, 
students on the waiting list will be informed immediately.

Do not despair if your SA1's results are not 
up to your expectations.
Do not be complacent if your SA1's results exceeded
your expectations.
Let's continue working hard!