Fast track to pool con­fi­dence

Par­ents praise swim lessons for safety

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT - Jack Lawrie Jack.Lawrie@cnbtimes.com.au

FAST-TRACK swim­ming lessons over the school hol­i­days have proven pop­u­lar with par­ents keen to get their youngest kids swim­ming.

The Learn to Swim lessons, which first took place over the week of De­cem­ber 12-16, are daily half-hour ses­sions at Monto Swim­ming Pool.

The lessons, held by To­ni­anne Ward, He­lene McCracken and Sum­mer Roth, work with par­ents to help in­stil young swim­mers with the con­fi­dence to swim.

Kylie Grubb came with her son Jake, 5, with hopes of get­ting him ready for a trip to Ca­nia over the hol­i­days.

“We’ve been com­ing to the pool for three years, we’re try­ing to boost his con­fi­dence and make him less afraid,” Mrs Grubb said.

Fast-track swim­ming in­volves tak­ing chil­dren to half-hour ses­sions ev­ery day for a week, to help them re­tain the lessons through rep­e­ti­tion.

Be­tween Ca­nia Dam, Three Moon Creek, Mulgildie Weir and many smaller dams on prop­er­ties, there are plenty of places in the area a child might need to learn how to swim con­fi­dently.

In­struc­tor Sum­mer Roth, who vol­un­teers at the club over school hol­i­days, said she en­joyed help­ing chil­dren learn to over­come their dif­fi­cul­ties.

“I’ve been swim­ming for all my life, so been around the pool a lot and I like to help the kids out,” Miss Roth said.

“There’s wa­ter ev­ery­where, so it’s im­por­tant for them to know what to do when they come around wa­ter.”

Scott Brady’s daugh­ter Ruby, age 4, had never gone swim­ming out­side the pool, but he hoped the ex­pe­ri­ence would be a jump start for swim­ming in a wider range of places once she was old enough.

“I want them to be able to come to the wa­ter and to be safe,” Mr Brady said.

While some par­ents watched from the side­lines, oth­ers dived in with their kids for group ac­tiv­i­ties.

The half-hour pro­grams will con­tinue this January, with ses­sions run­ning from January 9-13 and 16-20.

To book, contact Ac­tive Aquat­ics on 4166 1787.

I want them to be able to come to the wa­ter and to be safe — Scott Brady

PHO­TOS: JACK LAWRIE

FAST-TRACK LESSONS: Group ex­er­cises with par­ents and kids.

Charlee and Danielle Sin­clair get ready to swim.

Sum­mer Roth help­ing Jake Grubb, 5, across the pool.

He­lene McCracken with Ruby Brady, 4.

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