Summer swimming lessons have been popular at Aquamoves during the holiday period.RHIANNON GAVALAKIS January 9, 2014 6:12am
A swarm of children have inundated Aquamoves for the annual holiday summer Splash swimming program.
Aquatics co-ordinator Shelley Heggart said the first week of the two-week program had reached full capacity, with about 120 children participating.
‘‘In the warmer months, I think parents start to realise their children will start swimming recreationally,’’ she said.
‘‘This gives kids the opportunity to learn about stroke and safety — it is important.’’
Mrs Heggart said swimming was part of Australian culture and many families who attended the facility had outdoor pools at home as well.
Mother of four Nicholise Garner said she had recently moved to Shepparton to a house with a pool.
‘‘My boys are aged from 19 months to eight years old, and they are all enrolled in the program,’’ she said.
‘‘It is so worth it to improve their confidence and for them to be able to help themselves if they do happen to fall into a pool.’’
Marley Garner-Griffiths, 8, said swimming in the deep end was his favourite part of the lessons.
Mrs Heggart said there were spaces available for the second week of the program next week.
VicSwim are also hosting a holiday swimming program at Aquamoves until January 24.
Co-ordinator Kellie Ellingworth said the government-funded program had about 100 participants at the Shepparton facility, and another 50 across Tatura and Merrigum.
‘‘It is such a life skill, learning to swim could (potentially) save your life one day,’’ Ms Ellingworth said. ‘‘Especially being so close to the river in the Goulburn Valley, it’s all the more important.’’
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