Ku-ring-gai Fitness & Aquatic Centre is offering swimming lessons to residents from Asia, the Middle East and Africa.
Weekly YMCA swimming lessons will be hosted at the centre in Bicentennial Park West Pymble from 20 April to 26 June and can cater for up to 100 adults aged over 18.
The free classes have come courtesy of a grant from Royal Life Saving NSW, which has conducted research suggesting that adults of Middle Eastern, African and South-East Asian backgrounds are less likely to know how to swim and consequently more prone to drowning.
According to the Society, the inability to swim also negatively affects parents’ decision-making on swimming lessons for their children.
The free program includes nine lessons plus tuition on CPR and will be hosted at the Ku-ring-gai Fitness and Aquatic Centre.
Mayor Jennifer Anderson said the learn-to-swim program was one of several the Centre was introducing.
“The YMCA also hosts swimming lessons for children with a disability through their SwimAbility program.”
Click here for more information about the free YMCA swimming lessons and membership options at the Ku-ring-gai Fitness and Aquatic Centre or call 9499 2005.