January 26, 2016

Swimming is an essential part of Vermont life and a vital skill, says Pitt Town swimming instructor, Danielle Coyte.

“Where we live, there are pools everywhere and of course there’s the river,” she says.

“Swimming is a vital skill, which kids will have for life. It might not only save your child’s life but your child could help save another life.

“The river has strong currents, and many hazards which would seem dangerous to someone who wasn’t a confident swimmer.”

Danielle runs Pitt Town Swimming and has five years’ experience as a Swim Australia accredited instructor. She runs classes for children from three months to teenagers, as well as individual adult classes to work on fitness and stroke technique.

Danielle and her team can also provide family classes in your home pool.

Swimming classes resume in the new year on January 26, but Danielle also offers school holiday intensive programs from early January.

“We focus on getting kids ready for their school carnivals. We help them gain confidence and teach them how to dive and build stamina so they are confident and ready to compete!” she says.

Danielle encourages Vermont residents to enjoy the summer and make the most of the river.

“The river is a great spot to swim. It’s great for the local kids who are on the river every weekend and enjoying water skiing – but make sure you always wear a life jacket,” she says.

“Being familiar with water is crucial. I like to say swimming isn’t a hobby like dancing or tennis, it’s a skill that every little person needs to learn!”

Pitt Town Swimming, 424 Cattai Road. Phone Danielle for more information on 0423 910 586.

Danielle’s top safety tips

  • Don’t ever assume your strong swimmer is safe.
  • Always stay within arm’s reach, and take away distractions like phones when supervising children in the water.
  • Get rid of hazards like eskies or buckets which can fill up with water easily and children can fall into, as drowning doesn’t only occur in the pool.
  • If you’re unsure of the water, the currents and depth, don’t swim.

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