23/08/18

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

PHOTO: Aquarena Aquatic and Leisure Centre, Optus Junior Dolphins - Come & Try Day with Australian Dolphin Jess Hansen.

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

The new curriculum has been introduced into all swim classes from the 18th of August. It offers a modern product suite to the swimming community of over 40,000 children Australia-wide.  This new program also includes the Optus Junior Dolphins program and the Optus Splash app.

The advance in the swim curriculum is the way students learn to swim. “We focus on experiential and activity-based learning curriculum, instead of traditional command-based learning,” said Michelle Young, National Aquatics Manager.

“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 Organisation, the Australian Water Safety Council, and AUSTSWIM.

Swimming Australia has celebrated the partnership with Belgravia Leisure in a series of events. Events commenced at the Para Pan Pacs Tobruk Memorial Pool in Cairns on Saturday the 11th Saturday of August. 

The events proceeded across the country to Aquarena Aquatics and Leisure Centre in Lower Templestowe VIC, Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre Ultimo NSW, Belmont Oasis Leisure Centre WA, Noarlunga Leisure Centre SA and Splash Devonport TAS. 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.

“Together we hope to put the fun back into learning to swim and keep more swimmers loving our sport for longer,” expressed Paul Malcolm, Swimming Australia’s General Manager of Participation and Sport Development.  “Increasing our chances of uncovering future Olympic champions.”

To find out more about Belgravia Leisure and Swimming Australia’s new swim program, contact a Belgravia Leisure managed Aquatics Centre.  To find a centre go to www.belgravialeisure.com.au/our-centres