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Learning to swim, free style

Daniel Bouwmeester    October 7, 2022    2 min read   

Adults of Springfield who have never learned how to swim – or who simply need a refresher – can head down to the public swimming pools at Orion Lagoon in late November or early December to get up to speed.

Ipswich City Council is partnering with Royal Life Saving Society Queensland to offer two free five-day adult learn-to-swim courses – one running daily from 21 to 25 November and the other 5 to 9 December – with each lesson lasting 45 minutes.

Class times and online registration information is yet to be released and we will update readers ASAP.

However, for those with children aged 6 months to 5 years – and willing to travel a little further – you can also head to the Bundamba Swim & Gym Centre (at JUST Sports N Fitness) for four free 30-minute lessons, each Monday morning in October, beginning October 10.

For class times and online registration, visit: https://www.ipswich.qld.gov.au/live/healthy_lifestyle/seal-pool-safety-programs

For people of all ages and backgrounds, swimming is not just a fun and healthy activity, it is an important life-saving skill, especially in a country awash with bodies of water and backyard pools.

“We are a water orientated nation. It’s part of who we are,” according to Royal Life Saving, on its Facebook page.

“We want everyone to enjoy the water safely by brushing up on safety precautions, especially if travelling and swimming in unfamiliar locations.”

Royal Life Saving Society Queensland is an incorporated public benevolent institution (PBI) and registered training organisation (RTO). It was founded in 1905, and is responsible for the delivery of a range of swimming and lifesaving programs delivered world-wide.

It is focused on reducing drowning and promoting healthy, active, and skilled communities through innovative, reliable, and evidence-based advocacy, quality programs, products, and services, and strong and effective partnerships with stakeholder organisations like the Council.

It advises three ways to safely enjoy the water for the summer:

  • Always supervise children around water
  • Avoid alcohol around water
  • Wear a lifejacket when boating and fishing

Orion Lagoon is located at Robelle Domain Parklands, just south of Orion Springfield Central shopping centre, along Southern Cross Circuit.

For more information and for all related enquiries please visit the Council website at ipswich.qld.gov.au or call 3810 6666.

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Daniel Bouwmeester

Daniel was born in a mining town in New South Wales to Dutch and Welsh immigrants, before relocating to Logan City, where he attended Canterbury College for twelve years. He pursued his passion for music by completing a first-class honours degree at the University of Queensland (UQ), and later signed with a local record label. He has travelled the world from a young age, including a student exchange in rural France, a job working the ski lifts in Colorado, and visits to the islands of the South Pacific. After a six-year career in market research, Daniel returned to UQ to complete a Bachelor of Journalism and Arts dual degree, majoring in political science. His varied experiences at home and abroad have contributed to a passion for spreading good news while defending the truth buried inside complex societal paradigms.