VicSwim program returns to pool

Local mums Rowena Butler and Caroline Thoroughgood have worked together to see the return of the VicSwim program at the Maryborough outdoor pool next year. Set to take part in the sessions, where they will learn to swim and stay safe around the water, are Freya, Caitlin, Harriet, Penny and Eloise Thoroughgood and Fred Butler-Bates.

Local kids will be able to learn essential water survival skills while learning how to swim at the Maryborough outdoor pool this January as the VicSwim Summer Kidz program splashes into town.

Ran at the Maryborough Municipal Outdoor Swimming Pool from January 13 to 24, the program teaches children aged four to 12 years how to swim and to stay safe in and around water.

A driver of getting the program up and running locally, local mother Rowena Butler said she put the call out in Facebook group Maryborough Mighty Mothers Group and received a huge response.

“More than 100 comments came through our post in a couple of hours. The first two weeks are already full and then we have asked VicSwim to put on a higher aged group which they have and more classes in the younger age category,” she said.

“The pool is under-utilised during the summer and although there is an intensive swim program offered at the indoor pool, because this is a government subsidised program it is more affordable — sessions are $30 per week, they focus on water safety and swimming and encourages social connectedness.

“This program is really important for those survival skills, you don’t fall out of a boat into warm water with your swimming costume and goggles on, you fall out when you’re fully clothed and it’s cold and you don’t know what to do.”

For the month of December the Maryborough Sports and Leisure Centre’s after school swimming lessons are also being conducted at the outdoor pool. The centre is a Swim and Survive partner and offers programs for children aged from six months to 14 years.

For more information on the VicSwim program, visit www.vicswim.com.au.

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