Time to dive into Monto pool
Fitness and swim classes this summer
SWIMMING: Monto pool is open for business and manager Toni-Anne Ward is already making waves with a jam-packed schedule of swim and fitness classes.
Ward, a qualified swim coach and fitness instructor, has presided over the pool for 12 years and remains as enthusiastic as ever about the town’s sole fitness facility.
She remembers the devastation when, in 2011, routine maintenance and the floods closed the pool for the entire season.
Seven years on and the pool’s only challenge is competing for the attention of the younger generation, who she says are preoccupied with video games and smartphones.
Ward said she hopes to see more people making the most of the pool on weekends.
“I love seeing families come in and play to escape the heat,” she said.
“It’s also a nice place to catch up for a lot of people who come in from out of town.”
The 2018-19 program starts on Monday, October 15 and includes learn-to-swim classes, squad training, aquafit for kids, active seniors classes, low-impact classes, aqua aerobics and fitness sessions.
The low-impact classes are perfect for people new to exercise, or those with injuries and health issues.
Seniors don’t have to be able to swim to take part – the classes are run in the waist-deep shallow end of the pool.
“Swimming is low-impact on the joints and you don’t have to break a sweat,” Ward said.
“It’s a fantastic workout for people of all ages and fitness levels.
“You can work as hard as you choose.
“Because of the resistance of the water it can be up to 12 times as effective as exercising on land.”
Bookings are required for all classes.
The swim club desperately needs new members and a new committee.
Its AGM and information night is at 5.30pm, Thursday, October 4.
For membership inquiries or bookings, get in touch on Facebook or contact the pool on 4166 1787.
KEEP COOL: Toni-Anne Ward is diving into the new season with a comprehensive range of swimming and fitness programs.