Monday 8 October, 2012
Making learn-to-swim lessons available at more Tamworth Regional Council swimming pools will be one of the highlights of the 2012-2013 swimming season which starts today.
The Swim and Survive program will be run at Barraba, Kootingal and Manilla pools for the first time this season after being held at Tamworth Olympic Pool and Tamworth South and West Memorial Pool (Scully Park) last year.
Tamworth Regional Council Technical Officer Pools, Gary Johnson, said the program was developed by the Royal Life Saving and has traditionally been delivered in Tamworth by the Department of Sport and Recreation.
'Last season Council took over running of the program and with the help of the department, it was successful in Tamworth last season and will now be extended to other pools in the region,' he said.
Nine-day programs in five different ability groups for pre-school and school-age children will be offered from November to January at the various pools in the region. More courses will be made available if there is demand.
Costs vary from $98 to $113 for children without a valid season ticket and $67 to $87 for children with a valid season ticket.
'The great news about Council delivering the Swim and Survive program is that season ticket holders will be eligible for a discount for each course,' said Mr Johnson.
Tamworth Regional Council pools at Barraba, Manilla, Kootingal, Nundle and Tamworth Olympic Pool will open for the new swim season today.
Tamworth South and West Memorial Pool, equipped with a gas heating system keeping the water at comfortable 25 degrees Celcius, opened two weeks earlier on September 24.
Council has 36 specially-trained and qualified lifeguards working at its six pools for the season.
For more information about Swim and Survive or opening times for any Council pool, visit www.tamworth.nsw.gov.au/pools