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Swimming lessons can save lives

Swimming lessons can save lives All too often, a split second can turn into a life-threatening situation and this could not be closer to the truth for one Canterbury-Bankstown boy. No  

​All too often, a split second can turn into a life-threatening situation and this could not be closer to the truth for one Canterbury-Bankstown boy.

Three-year-old Austin Minter was excitedly awaiting to enjoy an afternoon in the pool with his family, when he was accidentally knocked into the water.

According to his mother, Kirsty Minter, Austin was able to turn himself around, paddle to the side of the pool and climb out.

“Honestly, I didn’t even get a chance to react because it happened so suddenly,” Mrs Minter said.

“My sister had a near drowning experience when she was just two, so both of my children have been through Council’s Swim School program from the age of six months.

“I had seen Austin do this sort of thing during class but I wasn’t sure if it ever was to really happen, he would know to do that.

“If he had never done those lessons, I’m sure he would have panicked and attempted to swim to the steps, which were at the other end of the pool and I just don’t think he would have made it across.”

Mayor, Khal Asfour, said more than 700,000 people visited Council’s Leisure and Aquatic Centres last year, while more than 26,000 people are enrolled in the Swim School program.

“Council will launch its all new Swim School criteria in early January, encompassing the latest water safety strategies,” Mayor Asfour said.

“Our program is comprehensive in its approach to learning how to swim, and water safety, and is delivered by a team of more than 100 instructors and supervisors, who are fully accredited by AUSTSWIM.”

The new Swim School program will be available from Term 1 next year, with enrolments for new customers opening on Monday 27 November.

For more information, or to enrol, visit

 30/11/2017 3:34 PM