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Free swimming lessons on offer in Manukau

Free swimming lessons on offer in Manukau

Manukau City Council is encouraging residents to swim safely this summer by offering a free introductory lesson at their pools.

The free sessions will run from 27 to 31 January at Council’s Moana-Nui-â-Kiwa Leisure Centre (Mangere), Manurewa Leisure Centre, Papatoetoe Centennial Pool, and Otara Leisure Centre. All classes use the Swimsation coaching programme.

Leisure Manager, Brett Jude says that each pool has set times on selected days with classes for pre-schoolers, school age and adults. All participants will receive a $5 leisure voucher that can be deducted from the cost of Term One swim lessons.

Statistics from Water Safety New Zealand show that around 130 people drown each year. Ten people drowned during the official holiday period, 4pm Christmas eve until 8am on 5 January 2004. Most of these drownings were avoidable. Six of the 10 victims were swimming, two were scuba diving, one was fishing and there was one immersion accident.

"Our sessions are all about providing an opportunity for the local community to become more confident and safe in the water. We want people to come and have a go, and see how much fun it can be learning to swim. Last year 200 people took advantage of the free offer,” says Mr Jude.

“Swimming is a core life skill that everyone should have. We hope that our free sessions will encourage people to move onto full swimming lessons.”

Sessions for community and work groups can be catered for also. Please contact the Centres to discuss an appropriate time for your group or organisation.

So improve your and your family’s life skills, and phone your nearest Council pool now for session and enrolment details.

ENDS Session Details
Moana-Nui-â-Kiwa Leisure Centre (Mangere) Ph 275-8979
Babies & Pre-school 27th, 28th 9.30 - 11am
School Age 28th, 29th 3.30 - 5.30pm
Adults 27th, 29th 5.30 - 7.30pm
Manurewa Leisure Centre Ph 267-7072
Babies & Pre-school 29th 10.30am - 1.30pm
School Age 29th 3.30 - 5.30pm
Adults 29th 5.30 - 6.30pm
Papatoetoe Centennial Pool Ph 278-4167
Babies & Pre-school 26th 9.30 - 11am
School Age 26th 11am - 1pm
Adults 26th 5.30 - 6.30pm
Otara Leisure Centre Ph 274-6917
Babies & Pre-school 27th 10.30am - 12.30pm
School Age 27th 3.30 - 5.30pm
Adults 27th 6 - 7pm
Community and family groups can be accommodated outside these times – please ring for an appointment

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