The Josef-Wund-Foundation presents a fully equipped, far and wide unique learning pool in a converted container in the courtyard of the Stuttgart Opera House.
Wundine on Wheels is the name of the latest project of the Stuttgart Josef-Wund-Foundation. Learn to swim on wheels. “What is it now?” was the question she initially asked herself when she first heard about the project, Theresa Schoeper said Wednesday afternoon in the courtyard of the Stuttgart Opera House. The Minister of Education is the sponsor of “Wundin on Wheels”.
In future, children aged five to eight will be offered swimming lessons in the portable pool, a fully equipped learning pool on six wheels. First in the district of Karlsruhe, later in many corners of the country and possibly also in other federal states. The foundation wants more rolling pools built at a cost of around a quarter of a million euros. Additional sponsors are being sought.
Located in a nearly 14-meter-long discarded, completely reconstructed container, the pool is six meters long and one meter deep. The mobile bathroom is equipped with a dressing room, showers and a toilet. The water is heated to 31 degrees within 24 hours using a state-of-the-art, very economical heat pump, says Jürgen Laub, head of Industry and Metal Processing Laub in Sachsenheim, Ludwigsburg, which designed and built the facility. the toilet on wheels.
Up to 60 children per day are possible
One of the most important project partners of the Wund Foundation in this project is the German Children’s Sports Academy. Matthias Nagel, head of the German Children’s Swimming Academy, which is part of the sports academy, said during the official presentation of Wundine on Wednesday that the small pool is ideal for teaching and teaching up to six children at the same time. their first movements to learn to swim. About sliding and turning over in the water. The swimming lesson lasts 45 minutes and it is possible to reach up to 60 children per day. After getting used to the water for the first time, of course, more swimming lessons are necessary, if possible in a larger pool.
The first practical use is expected to start in early October in Karlsruhe-Wettersbach. By the end of this year, kindergarten and elementary school children should have their first experiences in water. Girls and boys are taught by swimming teachers of local educational institutions and employees of the Children’s Sports Academy. The foundation has already received a number of requests for next year from cities and communities, including the Rams-Moore district.
The executive director of the Josef-Wund-Foundation, the former mayor of Fellbach, Christoph Palm says: “We want to fill the gap,” that is, bring the training pool to places that don’t have their own pool. In no way does the Foundation wish to compete with swimming clubs or DLRG. The partners of the project include the swimming associations of Baden and Württemberg. Referring to Wundine, Palm explains with a wink that the foundation and its partners have “shrunk the pool to the size of a bonsai,” but it still meets all the requirements.
2,002 people drowned in five years
The background of the Wund Foundation’s commitment to swimming (learning) is sad. Many people still drown in Germany because they can’t swim. The DLRG found that about 60 percent of all elementary school students can’t swim or swim well enough after the fourth grade, even though the curriculum says students should learn to swim in the classroom. According to the statement of the general director of the fund, Günter Geier, in the last five years, 2,002 people have drowned in the whole country. About 25 percent of all elementary schools do not have a pool nearby, making regular swimming lessons impossible. One solution: the “nationally unique” portable Wundine bath in a truck trailer.
By the way, the Wundine mascot is an otter, because this famous diver and swimmer is born a non-swimmer, like all human children. Both otters and humans must first learn to swim. Otters begin to do this at two months of age. According to swimming experts, people should start at the age of five at the latest, in an outdoor pool, an indoor pool or a Bonsai-Wundin pool.