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Learn to swim, it's a lifesaver
Dive in: SwimMagic learn-to-swim classes are for everyone from toddlers to adults and are held at the Lido Aquatic Centre
and Freyberg Community Pool.
In a country like New Zealand that
has abundant waterways and
beaches, you could be forgiven for
thinking that all Kiwi's would be
swimming like pros, long before they
As a nation we spend a great deal of
leisure time in and around water, yet
fewer and fewer young children are able
to swim or even keep afloat and with
each passing year our water safety
statistics only get worse.
As of December 12, 114 people had
drowned this year compared to a total
of 87 drownings in 2010. Only 20 per
cent of 10-year-olds can swim 200
metres (this is the benchmark for being
able to swim well enough to save
yourself), plus New Zealand has one of
the highest drowning rates in the
developed world, double that of
Australia, and it's time we did something
Fortunately, there are programmes
being run throughout New Zealand to
introduce young kids to the water in a
controlled and safe manner, allowing
them the opportunity to learn the basics
of water safety.
SwimMagic (New Zealand's's largest
swim school provider) runs swim school
programmes in 13 aquatic centres
throughout New Zealand and provides
classes locally at both the Lido Aquatic
Centre and Freyberg Community Pool.
SwimMagic caters to all ages and
levels of ability with a graduated system,
including programmes for infants, pre-
school, primary and secondary school
students right through to adults.
The SwimMagic swim schools run
throughout the year in conjunction with
the school terms (four terms per year).
Each term is usually 10 weeks long, with
one lesson each week, at a cost of $110
with easy Direct Debit options also
School holiday intensive block
sessions between the school terms
consist of a lesson each day for 5 days.
These cost $60.
The holiday sessions will be starting
on January 9 and will go through to
January 27 with 2012's first school term
beginning on January 30. It is advisable
to book early as places fill up fast. Free
swim assessments are available.
SwimMagic provides a Tots and
Toddlers hour-long lesson for $5 once a
month at Freyberg Community Pool.
The programme is open to anyone and
is a great way to introduce both the very
young and their parents to water safety.
SwimMagic Swim School manager
Kathleen Algar and head instructor
Hollie Patete are supported by a further
30 staff who are professionally trained,
with on-going training in the form of
refresher courses each term.
This year they have been working
with Water Safety New Zealand's Darrin
Alexander, who is the regional facilitator
for the Sealord Swim For Life initiative (a
new programme sponsored by Sealord,
with additional funding from the Kiwi
Sport Fund via Sport Manawatu), which
helps provide swimming and survival
skill lessons to children for just $1 a
Darrin also liaises with transport
companies who help support the
programme by offering special deals to
get the kids to and from their lessons.
Madge Coachlines has been a major
supporter of the project.
The programme aims to provide 10
30-minute lessons each year and will
initially cater for year 3 to 6 children. It
is run in conjunction with 23 schools
throughout the Tararua, Horowhenua,
and Manawatu districts, with a further
40 schools to be included in 2012. The
programme provides instruction,
survival skill training and builds water
Water Safety New Zealand makes use
of local facilities and instructors to
deliver their Swim For Life programme.
It also involves a passport for the kids to
use throughout the programme where
they gain stamps and stickers along the
way to recognise their
While the programme has only just
started operation and has only been run
in terms 3 and 4 thus far, it has already
benefited over 2200 children and the
plan is to double that number for 2012.
For more information on Water Safety
New Zealand's Swim For Life
programme, visit swimforlife.org.nz
For information on hours and
SwimMagic lessons at the Lido Aquatic
Centre, visit clmnz.co.nz or call 350 0847
and Freyberg SwimMagic, freyberg.co.nz
or call 356 7317.
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