Swim on the spot

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The in­creas­ing num­ber of school pools be­ing closed was the im­pe­tus for re­fur­bish­ing the Dis­cov­ery School pool for learn to swim classes, says swim coach Ally Todd.

‘‘ With­out school pools the op­por­tu­nity to learn to swim for many school chil­dren is just not there,’’ she says. ‘‘Swim­ming is a ba­sic life skill for New Zealan­ders.

‘‘ With a pro­fes­sional swim school on-board, schools can en­joy the lux­ury of up-to-date fa­cil­i­ties and ex­perts in aquatic ed­u­ca­tion on site.’’

She says Ally Todd Swim­ming has de­vel­oped a strong, longterm pub­lic-pri­vate part­ner­ship with the Whitby school which has been en­dorsed by the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion.

Swim classes are now avail­able for all ages and stages – from six-month-old ba­bies in the spe­cial­ist Early Child­hood Aquat­ics pro­gramme through to pri­mary school chil­dren and adults.

Dis­cov­ery School prin­ci­pal Con­rad Kelly says the pool had been closed since 1991 – when it was likely to have been shut down be­cause of run­ning costs.

The lease ar­range­ment is def­i­nitely a ‘‘win-win’’, he says, with stu­dents be­ing able to at­tend swim­ming classes on-site in­stead of trav­el­ling to pools in Can­nons Creek and Nae­nae. How­ever, he said, some se­nior stu­dents would prob­a­bly con­tinue to use the Nae­nae pool as its swim­ming pro­gramme bet­ter suited their needs.

Ms Todd is a trained teacher, for­mer na­tional ed­u­ca­tion man­ager at Swim­ming New Zealand and has coached swim­mers to many na­tional teams, records and ti­tles.

She says her ap­proach to swim­ming teach­ing is a nat­u­ral sci­ence ap­proach which al­lows the laws of na­ture to as­sist and sup­port ‘‘easy speed’’ through the wa­ter, while en­sur­ing in­di­vid­u­als max­imise their own anatomy and ca­pac­i­ties.

‘‘De­vel­op­ing an un­der­stand­ing of the wa­ter not only de­vel­ops safe habits but en­hances aware­ness and self-con­fi­dence,’’ she says. ‘‘It is never too early or too late to make a start to­wards the en­joy­ment of swim­ming.’’

See al­ly­toddswim­ming.co.nz.

Wa­ter work: Ally Todd of­fer­ing some swim tips in the newly re­fur­bished Dis­cov­ery School pool.

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