Pool open for kids’ swim­ming lessons

Free swim­ming lessons and club sign-on in Childers

Isis Town and Country - - Front Page - Jodie Dixon Jodie.Dixon@isistc­news.com.au

WITH the warmer weather upon us and in time for the school hol­i­days, the Isis Memo­rial Swim­ming Pool has once again opened the gates to swim­ming lessons.

Trag­i­cally, in the past 12 months, 280 peo­ple have drowned in Aus­tralian water­ways, 66 be­ing from Queens­land.

Sadly, 16% of drown­ings in the past 12 months oc­curred in swim­ming pools.

The Royal Life Sav­ing Na­tional Drown­ing Re­port stated they would con­tinue to com­mit to the no­tion that all Aus­tralian chil­dren had the right to a com­pre­hen­sive swim­ming and water safety ed­u­ca­tion.

The skills of swim­ming, sur­vival swim­ming, and ba­sic res­cue are all life­savers and they would con­tinue pro­vid­ing qual­ity pro­grams for chil­dren.

Isis Memo­rial pool man­ager Mike Roberts said the free lessons were avail­able un­til Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 2.

“I en­cour­age fam­i­lies to bring their young chil­dren along and get them ac­cus­tomed to the water,” Mr Roberts said.

Fear pre­vents many peo­ple from get­ting into the water and Mr Roberts wants to re­as­sure lo­cals there were lessons for all ages and skill level.

Mr Roberts said Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 1 was sign-on day and he was look­ing for­ward to get­ting back to train­ing.

If you are a lit­tle un­sure of lessons and what level you may be at, call into the pool and Mr Roberts would be happy to ease any con­cerns you may have around the pool.

“I am see­ing plenty of new faces at the pool and look­ing for­ward to sign-on day,” he said.

Childers Swim­ming Club has pro­duced many great ath­letes over the years, in­clud­ing school­girl Jaylee McMa­hon.

Jaylee’s medal tally and record-break­ing times could in­spire oth­ers in the com­mu­nity to join.

Mr Roberts said the Bund­aberg Re­gional Coun­cil had done a fan­tas­tic job of main­te­nance and up­grades to the fa­cil­i­ties and he was very pleased with the out­come.

Reg­u­lars to the pool will be sur­prised with the re­fur­bish­ment that had taken place dur­ing win­ter, in­clud­ing ex­tra shade over the pool.

The Childers Swim­ming Pool staff and man­age­ment have been busy up­dat­ing skills and train­ing ready for the sea­son.

“This team rep­re­sents a group of peo­ple com­mit­ted to pa­tron safety with three life­guards and all six qual­i­fied first-aiders,” he said.

Chil­dren as young as nine months can learn to swim, with all group lev­els be­gin­ning with all-im­por­tant ba­sic water safety skills through to learn­ing cor­rect and ef­fi­cient strokes.

“Who knows where our next na­tional cham­pi­ons will come from, per­haps right here in Childers,” Mr Roberts said.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion on lessons, club sign-on or other pool ac­tiv­i­ties will be posted at the pool as they come up or you can con­tact the pool di­rectly on 4126 1437 or 0433 735 796 and email 1lane4swim­ming@gmail.com.

This team rep­re­sents a group of peo­ple com­mit­ted to pa­tron safety...

PHOTO: JODIE DIXON

SWIM­MING CLUB: A re­fresh­ing dip at the Isis pool dur­ing the school hol­i­days.

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