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Records tumble at Swim School A record number of children took to the water at Canterbury-Bankstown’s Leisure and
Aquatic Centres, in Term 1 of Council’s Learn to Swim program. No  

A record number of children took to the water at Canterbury-Bankstown’s Leisure and Aquatic Centres, in Term 1 of Council’s Learn to Swim program.

Mayor Khal Asfour said more than 6,100 children were enrolled across the five Leisure and Aquatic Centres, with Birrong also setting a record with 2,017 enrolments last term.

"It’s great to see how many parents see the value in having their children taught water safety skills,” Mayor Asfour said.

“Parents have listened to our message. Just like schooling, swimming is something every child needs to learn – it’s a life skill. It could, in fact, save a life.

“With winter just around the corner, it’s important to maintain and develop swimming skills all year round. Winter is often a missed opportunity for children to maintain and develop the skills they learnt during the warmer months of the year.

“Consistency in learning is the key to improving so it’s important to make sure children stay active and healthy in the cooler months.”

The Learn to Swim program is delivered in a safe and fun environment by qualified AUSTSWIM instructors and is now even more accessible to residents, as a registered provider of the Active Kids program. The program enables parents, guardians and carers to apply for a $100 voucher per calendar year, for each of their school-aged children. The voucher can then be used on eligible sporting programs such as Council’s Learn to Swim.

Families will have the following three chances to use their vouchers for Learn to Swim enrollments this year:

  • Term 3 – enrolments open Monday 4 June;
  • Term 4 – enrolments open in September; and
  • 2019 Term 1 – enrolments open in November.

For more information on the Active Kids program, or to apply for a voucher, visit

For more information about the Canterbury-Bankstown Swim Schools, contact the Swim School Team Leader on 9707 9296, or visit

 17/04/2018 11:23 AM