50 join classes

Central and North Burnett Times - - LOCAL SPORT -

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.

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