Parents and swim teachers in St George and Sutherland Shire have applauded the state government’s decision to provide $ 100 swimming learning vouchers to preschoolers.
The program, which applies to children aged three to six, is similar to the successful Active Kids program.
Ashlie Olson said having three children, aged two to seven, taught to swim as young as six months old had “not come cheap, but it is a necessary expense.”
“I think everyone should have access to swimming lessons and the $ 100 vouchers will be of incredible help,” she said.
Nicole Maddick said, “Swimming for kids is a very important life skill and anything that helps families financially is wonderful”.
Paul Rigg, owner of Starting Blocks Swim School in Miranda, said the vouchers were “a great opportunity for parents of 3-6 year olds to participate in swimming lessons, which is not just a sport, but also an important life skill “.
“I believe the benefit to parents is important,” he said.
“Parents who are already attending classes will be able to divert extra money to meet other needs within their budget, and of course, this will be of great help for those who have had to choose between classes and others. expenses because their budget may not have allowed for both.
“What excites me most is that families in NSW who simply cannot afford to pay for lessons now have the option to participate and not wait for ‘school swimming’.
“Learning to swim is a process that requires a lot of training both formal and informal so I am sure all NSW swimming teachers and their students will appreciate the extra time students can devote to learning this skill. vital. “
Juliet Sharpe, owner of Peakhurst Swim School, said it was “great for families” and timely help for businesses, which have been hit again by COVID.
“We opened four weeks before COVID hit last year, then we had to close, but since then we’ve grown and grown.”
Leanne Oakley, Swimming Manager at Southern Swim School, Kirrawee, said: “This is great news, but I would like the age range to be wider.”
“Starting regular swimming lessons before the age of one should create a completely independent swimmer by the age of three,” Ms. Oakley said.
“I’m concerned that some families may start classes until they are three years old, which means they will learn to swim safely years later than they could have.”
Oatley MP Mark Coure said every child would now have the chance to learn to swim and that this would be of particular benefit to St George’s multicultural communities.