Strong start to after-school swim

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT - Jack Lawrie

RE­TURN of the school year also means a re­turn to after-school swim­ming lessons at Monto swim­ming pool.

These learn-to-swim ses­sions are aimed pri­mar­ily at youngsters to get them ca­pa­ble and con­fi­dent enough for squad swim­ming.

This year, thanks in part to the fast-track lessons held dur­ing the hol­i­days, a num­ber of kids have come back to the pool rar­ing and ready to go.

Ac­tive Aquat­ics in­struc­tor To­ni­an­neWard said about 40–50 kids had turned out for the hol­i­day ses­sions.

“A few of the kids had al­ready done fast-track over the hol­i­days but those that haven’t been in the pool over the hol­i­days have been go­ing great as well,” MsWard said.

“Be­cause fast-track was repet­i­tive, we were able to de­velop skills and fix up any prob­lem ar­eas.”

As a re­sult, some of the kids have al­ready been moved up to higher lev­els after only one les­son.

For the after-school ses­sions, which run from 3.15–3.45pm, kids are di­vided by lane into dif­fer­ent skill lev­els.

Age does not de­ter­mine which one goes in which lane, only abil­ity.

“The ones that are a bit more ad­vanced we can con­tinue with those, while the ones that need spe­cific work we can work with,” Ms Ward said.

“To­day, there were six dif­fer­ent lev­els.”

Swim in­struc­tor Jen­nifer Roth was pleased with the per­for­mance of swim­mers in her level.

“I moved my kids up to a mini mini-squad and they did about 400 me­tres to­day,” Mrs Roth said.

“They’re the younger kids that are still learn­ing some of their tech­nique but are start­ing to put some dis­tance into their swim­ming.”

With that level of pro­gres­sion on the first week back, Mrs Roth hopes many of her kids will soon be ready to move up to swim squad level.

“First day back after the hol­i­days, most of them haven’t done any squad or length train­ing, but they did re­ally well,” Mrs Roth said.

“I’d like my groups to be ready to move up to mini-squad, which would be lane one.”

This year, it is ex­pected some of the kids might move up to do­ing swim­ming car­ni­vals, or po­ten­tially tri­als forWide Bay.

The after-school ses­sions run Mon­day to Thurs­day, one les­son a week for $95.

For more in­for­ma­tion, phone Ac­tive Aquat­ics on 4166 1787. PHOTO: JACK LAWRIE

First day back after the hol­i­days, most of them haven’t done any squad or length train­ing, but they did re­ally well — Jen­nifer Roth

BACK IN THE POOL: After-school swim­ming re­turns to the Monto pool.

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