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Last modified: 28 Feb 2022 5:05pm

More children than ever are learning to swim and stay safe in the water as the Council programmes expand to new pools.

A record 3000 people were signed up for the first term of the Council’s Learn to Swim programme. The lessons have been boosted by the programme expanding to Darfield for the first time, with 41 pupils signed up for the first programme in term 4 last year and a similar turnout for term 1 2022.

The Selwyn Aquatic Centre expansion has also provided additional space, allowing space for recreational swimmers, while allowing the former main pool to be a dedicated learn to swim pool during lesson times.

Council Active Selwyn Manager James Richmond says it is encouraging to see the continued growth of the programme.
“Learning to swim is a very important skill for fun, safety and staying active. Learn to Swim is one of the most popular programmes we provide and it was great to see how it has been embraced in Darfield. It’s also good to see the extra space and the enhanced
experience for all users of the Selwyn Aquatic Centre, including being able to grow learn to swim, helping keep our young people safe, active and having fun."