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1 October, 2021

Gazza’s Goss: Come on kids, time to take the plunge

The only thing to put anyone off swimming in this beautiful part of the world is the potential to get a nasty nip from a rather large, angry reptile or possibly an equally unpleasant sting from something much smaller.


My two descriptions are probably a slight understatement!

Fortunately, the Douglas Shire boasts one of the best facilities in FNQ, with Mossman’s recently revamped 50 metre Olympic size swimming pool.

If you’ve not been there recently, it’s a must do, as the recent upgrades are amazing.

It’s a far cry from my local swimming baths where I grew up, just south of London.

Not only was the water permanently freezing, whatever time of the year, you visited. 

Just for extra pain and misery, the initial two inches of disinfectant that they made you walk through to remove any nasty toe jam and the dingy verruca infested changing rooms, were somehow even colder.

Taking the splash in paradise is, of course, a very different story.

Apart from the sheer pleasure of swimming in the Tropics, it is also great exercise.

More importantly, there is the safety factor of ensuring our kids can swim. It can save lives!

Both the fun and safety factors are catered for with the ‘Learn-to-Swim’ program set to return to the Mossman Pool next Tuesday October 5, and Douglas Shire Council is now taking bookings for this popular nine-week program.

The classes will be held every Tuesday and Thursday, with various morning and afternoon sessions available for children aged five months and older.

Each class costs only $25, if you would like to pay week to week, or you can pay $180 upfront for the full program.

If this all seems like a swimmingly good idea, you can register your interest online at the Douglas Shire Council’s website or call the Mossman Pool and Caravan Park on 0417 768 266.

Once you have registered, a staff member will be in touch to organise a suitable class for your child to attend. It’s that easy!

I’m off for a few lengths of backstroke myself, so for now it’s Gazza signing out.

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You can catch up with Gazza each weekday afternoon between 4 – 7 pm on 90.9 FAB FM in Port Douglas!

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