Life saving lessons

Life saving lessons

Circular Head Amateur Swim Club is back. 

The club was last in the pool on October 8, 2015 – the night before the closure of the Circular Head War Memorial Swimming Pool. 

Back in the fast lane at the Smithton Wellbeing Indoor Recreation and Leisure centre, the club is keen to get back to routine. 

The winter season started last week and will run until the end of term three. 

Open to locals aged from eight to 18, swimmers must be able to swim one 25 metre lap to join. 

Coach Graeme Williams leads the group alongside assistant coach Melinda Dwyer where locals will learn stroke progression and technique. 

“We break the stroke down and focus on smaller elements and techniques, then put it all back together,” says Melinda. 

“We encourage anyone to join because it’s a fun environment to gain an essential life saving skill.”

While it has been a long time away from the pool for many new and returning members, progress is already showing. 

“It’s a lot of hardwork getting that fitness back,” says Melinda. 

“But they’re sticking with it and we’re seeing the improvement.” 

Knowing the lifelong benefits of joining the club as a former member, Paul Hugo is the incoming president alongside secretary Amanda Poke and treasurer Melaynie Spinks. 

The club has all new equipment including kickboards, flippers and buoys, and has goggles and swimming caps on the way, purchased with funding from the state government’s Sport and Recreation Minor Grants Program.  

Circular Head Amateur Swim Club meets every Tuesday and Thursday at Smithton Wellbeing Indoor Recreation and Leisure from 5.30 to 7pm. To find out more, check out the Facebook page or chat to Melinda Dwyer on 0408 005 433. 

Circular Head Amateur Swim Club welcomes new and returning members as it dives back in. Pictured with coach Graeme Williams is (back from left) Faith Hursey, Saxon Hursey, Sophie Lee, Alexander Cackett, Hunter Dwyer, (centre) Jamahlea Horton, Toby Mullins, Pearl Poke, Emily Coates, (front) Charlotte Thompson, Layla McLaren and Matilda Bellinger. Picture: Ashleigh Force.