50 join classes
KIRSTY Fawckner says it is rewarding teaching young children about water safety.
Teaching learn-to-swim classes at the Biggenden Aquatic Centre during the past two weeks, Fawckner said she had around 50 children, from as young as 10 months through to 12-year-olds.
“With the babies we develop a sense of water, and teach the parents how to communicate with their kids in thewater before progressing to turning around in the pool,” she said.
“This learn-to-swim group gains confidence and water safety and the early development of strokes.
“In the mini squad I look at stroke correction and fitness.
“This group is the link betweenmyself and Biggenden Swimming Club’s Ron Birch. If they wish they can follow on with him to master the drills.”
She said chocolate frogs or Mars bars were a great incentive for doing a good job.
“I love teaching my little kids and really miss them when they move on,” she said.
After completing her Teacher of Competitive Swimming course last September, Fawckner is studying for her bronze level coaching with Birch.
LEARN TO SWIM: Kirsty Fawckner takes Iain Houton, Thomas Randall, Rhys Jensen and Jacob Aberdein for swimming classes at Biggenden Aquatic Centre.