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Free swimming lessons on offer in Manukau

Media Release
15 January 2003

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 3 to 8 February at Council’s Moana-Nui-â-Kiwa Leisure Centre (Mangere), Manurewa Swimming Pool, Papatoetoe Centennial Pool, and Norman Kirk Memorial Pool (Otara).

Leisure Manager, Brett Jude says that each pool has ‘time zones’ on selected days with classes for pre-schoolers, adults and family groups. All participants will receive a $5 leisure voucher that can be deducted of the cost of Term One swim lessons.

“Statistics from Water Safety New Zealand show that 122 people drowned in 2002. 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,” says Mr Jude.

Of the 122 drownings last year, 59 per cent were Pakeha, 20 per cent Maori, 10 per cent Asian, 7 per cent Pacific Islanders and 1 per cent Indian.

The most at-risk group were the 25- to 30-year-olds, with 11 per cent of drownings. This was followed by pre-schoolers, 20- to 25-year-olds and 50- to 55-year-olds, all with 9 per cent of drownings.

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.

Session Details

Moana-Nui-â-Kiwa Leisure Centre

Ph 275-8979
Adults Mon 3, Tue 4, Wed 5, Fri 7 6.30 – 7.30am
5.30 – 7.30pm
Adults/Pre-school Mon3, Tue 4, Fri 7 10.30 – 11.30am

Manurewa Swimming Pool

Ph 267-7072
Pre-school Tue 4, Fri 7 12.00 – 2.00pm
Adults Tue 4, Fri 7 6.00 – 7.00pm
Family groups Sat 8 9.00am – 12.00pm

SWIMSATION Papatoetoe Centennial Pool

Ph 278-4167
Pre-school Fri 7 10.00 – 11.30 am
School age Fri 7 3.30 – 4.30pm

Norman Kirk Memorial Pool (Otara)

Ph 274-6917
Pre-school Tue 4, Fri 7 12.00 – 1.00pm
Adults Tue 4, Wed 5 6.00 – 7.00pm
Family Groups Sat 8 9.00 – 11.00am

* Family Sessions (2 adults and up to 3 children)
Community Groups can be accommodated outside these times – please ring for an appointment


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