Until recently, celebrated actor, writer and director Oscar Kightley couldn’t swim to save himself. A non-swimmer all his life, Oscar (who nearly drowned in his 20s after being swept out to sea), had never learnt the skills to have fun safely in the water.
But that changed in November 2012, when the then 43-year-old Oscar teamed up with Water Safety New Zealand to learn to swim in the hope that he would not only get to enjoy the water himself – but also inspire other New Zealanders to do the same.
As a WSNZ ambassador, Oscar is sharing his learn to swim journey with the nation through his blog and media stories, and was filmed by Campbell Live swimming his biggest distance (25metres) in late February 2014. He continues to swim a little further every day.
A recipient of the New Zealand Order of Merit as well as an Arts Foundation Laureate Award, Oscar is well known for creating some of the country’s best comedy on both the small and silver screens, including Sione’s Wedding and Bro’ Town.