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11 October, 2020

Splashing into Summer

With summer fast approaching and COVID restrictions easing, local parents are being encouraged to enrol their infants and children in swimming lessons to give them a lifelong advantage in and around water.

By Tanya Murphy

PHOTO: Brenton Popp and 18 month-old Ava

Local swimming teacher Janet Evans said public swimming pools closed for months during COVID restrictions and many parents had stopped taking their children to swimming lessons. 

“Since we reopened in term three, many parents still have not returned with their children to swimming lessons,” she said. “That is a concern because if children don’t learn to be comfortable in the water at a young age, they risk falling behind and it can be very hard for them to catch up when they are older. 

“Outdoor activities are a massive part of Australian culture so children who don’t learn swimming can be disadvantaged later in life. “Baby swimming lessons are held in the early morning and are directed towards helping you, the parent, confidently teach your child to enjoy the water. 

Having fun is essential as children learn through play.” Half-hour swimming lessons are held at the Janet Evans swim school from Monday to Saturday. Sessions are held for babies, kindy kids and pre-school kids in the morning, with older kids in the afternoon and private sessions for adults are available upon request. 

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