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Will your child be safe this summer?

FRIENDS Health & Fitness encourage participation in swimming lessons from three years of age, throughout primary and secondary school, and beyond as a life-long activity.

Everyone should have the opportunity to experience a swimming and water safety education, and be safe in and around the water.

Friends Health & Fitness centre manager Belinda Lewis said being safe in and around water was an important life-saving skill for every child.

“Beaches and pools are part of the Australian lifestyle, so being a confident and capable swimmer is essential.,” she said.

Friends Health & Fitness offers a warm and caring environment for children to explore the joy of water.

Friends Health & Fitness will offer two October holiday programs – 28 September to 2 October and 5 to 9 October.

Holiday programs are an excellent introduction for new swimmers, but also offer children who have commenced their swimming journey an opportunity to practice skills each day.

Continual practice provides reinforcement and confi dence, and often results in children attaining skills more quickly.

Children may enroll in one or both programs.

Classes during the school term are offered Monday to Friday after school and also Saturday mornings.

During the school holidays, lessons run during the morning.

Friends Health & Fitness offers children from three years the opportunity to participate in the Royal Life Saving Society Swim and Survive learn to swim program.

The program offers a range of levels which children can progress through as they develop swimming technique and basic survival skills

Swim and Survive

is a national swimming and water safety initiative of Royal Life Saving that seeks to increase swimming and water safety skills of Australian children in order to prevent drowning and increase participation in safe aquatic activity.

“It is more than just water awareness and swimming lessons, the program also focuses on personal survival in and around water, in addition to developing a strong and effective swimming technique,” Mrs Lewis said.

Children who have not previously swum at Friends Health & Fitness will require a free 10 minute assessment prior to enrolment to assess their level.

For more information, phone 6210 2241 or email swim@friends.tas. edu.au.

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