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Swimming Australia and Belgravia Leisure present new swim program to 40,000 children

Swimming Australia and Belgravia Leisure present new swim program to 40,000 children
August 23, 2018

Swimming Australia and Belgravia Leisure have partnered and engaged broader industry expertise to develop and deliver an exciting new learn-to-swim curriculum with an emphasis on fun, experiential and activity-based learning.

The new curriculum, introduced into all swim classes from the 18th August, offers a modern product suite to the swimming community of over 40,000 children Australia-wide.

Linked with the Optus Junior Dolphins program and the Optus Splash app, the advance in the swim curriculum sees, according to Belgravia Leisure National Aquatics Manager, Michelle Young “(a) focus on experiential and activity-based learning curriculum, instead of traditional command-based learning.

“It’s a contemporary approach to teaching the next generation of kids to swim and includes three infant levels, three preschool levels and six primary school levels. With Optus Junior Dolphins Levels 1 and 2 forming the final two stages of this fun and engaging swimming experience.”

The new curriculum is powered by the Optus Splash app and platform and is custom designed to enhance the swimmer’s experience, increase retention and communication to swimmers and their parents. It has also been developed with industry expertise and aligns to plans and guides prepared by the Federal Government, the World Health Organization, the Australian Water Safety Council, and AUSTSWIM.

Swimming Australia is celebrating the partnership with Belgravia Leisure in a series of events, the first of which was held during the recent Para Pan Pacs at Tobruk Memorial Pool in Cairns on Saturday 11th August.

Other events have been, or are being held at the Aquarena Aquatics and Leisure Centre in Lower Templestowe in Victoria, Sydney’s Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre Ultimo, the Belmont Oasis Leisure Centre in Perth, Noarlunga Leisure Centre in South Australia and at and Splash Devonport in Tasmania.

Over 250 children participated in these free events and had the unique opportunity to train with Australian Dolphin athletes, including Jessica Hansen, Bronte Campbell, James McKechnie, Josh Beaver and Blair Evans to name a few.

Paul Malcolm, Swimming Australia’s General Manager of Participation and Sport Development, added “together we hope to put the fun back into learning to swim and keep more swimmers loving our sport for longer.

“Increasing our chances of uncovering future Olympic champions.”

Image courtesy of Belgravia Leisure.

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