Focus on safe swimming

SWIM safety will be in the spotlight next week for the Tweed Regional Aquatic Centre’s water safety week.

The centre’s swim school, Bubbles, will run a series of special classes, including activities to teach grandparents how to re- spond to an emergency.

Bubbles Swim School coordinator Ellen Patience said swimming skills were an essential part of a child’s development.

“Swimming lessons are a long-term lesson to our kids because you never know when they will be put in a dangerous situation,” she said.

“It’s incredible how much dif- ference a good teacher can make and how quickly a child’s confidence and skills in the water can progress.

“They don’t have to be Olympic swimmers, but it’s important they are water safe.”

Parents can bring their children to the aquatic centre for a swimming assessment any time between 3.30-4.30pm Monday to Thursday.

Participants can then be allocated to a suitable class based on their existing swimming skills.

The aquatic centre will stage a special Come ’n’ Try day on April 21, offering free assessments from 9-10am.

 




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