Teach your children to swim at your local aquatic centre this summer
  • Thursday 19 October 2017

With another summer almost here, now is the time to think about water safety and enrolling young children in a learn-to-swim program delivered region-wide across council’s aquatic centres.

Community Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said she was saddened to learn drowning was the number one cause of accidental death in children under the age of five in Queensland.

“The Sunshine Coast offers an idyllic lifestyle and we want to make sure all children are safe while enjoying our beautiful beaches, pools, rivers or while they’re boating and fishing,” Cr McKay said.

“Learning to swim is the best prevention to ultimately reducing the number of drownings in Australia and I can personally recommend the wide range of programs on offer at our aquatic centres located across the region.”

One facility which lives by its philosophy of providing friendly and welcoming complexes with a variety of programs for all ages and all walks of life is Nambour Aquatic Centre, run by new managers Shannon Harben and Barry Kime from Life Swim.

Division 10 Councillor Greg Rogerson today officially welcomed the new managers on behalf of council and the community.

“Life Swim were successful in being awarded the contract for Nambour Aquatic Centre and I’m sure their experience and knowledge will be a real benefit for our local swimming community,” Cr Rogerson said.

“With more than 20 years combined coaching and learn to swim experience, I encourage the Nambour and surrounding community to head to Nambour Aquatic Centre to meet and welcome Shannon and Barry.

The aquatic centre has aqua classes, squad sessions, learn to swim or alternatively kids can make their own fun on the giant inflatables during the school holidays.

Barry and Shannon said at Life Swim they love everything about swimming and being active in the water.

“Our programs are built with a strong focus on delivering best practice skills and drills to provide correct technique to have our clientele swimming with ease.

“Our learn to swim program commences with a strong focus on water awareness, water familiarisation, water confidence and independence.

“Our program provides parents with the knowledge and tools to encourage a strong, positive water association with their child.

“Whether residents and visitors want to improve their athletic performance, get in shape, or have some fun with their friends, we encourage them to drop by to visit us at Nambour Aquatic Centre.”

To find your nearest aquatic centre and book into a learn-to-swim program, visit council’s website.

Get to know the Nambour Aquatic Centre managers

Barry Kime
Barry has been involved in swimming from a young age and commenced his coaching career in Mackay. Barry has been coaching for more than 10 years and has worked at various centres across the Coast, including pool lifeguard, learn to swim teaching and swim coaching.

Barry has been at Mountain Creek Aquatic Centre as the head coach since 2008. Barry received his accolade as an Australian Swim Team Coach in 2014 and has been involved with Swimming Australia and the Queensland Academy of Sport for the past four years. Barry has also coached numerous State and National Level swimmers and has been the recipient of Junior Coach of the Year in 2015. Currently Barry works closely with a team of young swim coaches whilst focusing his attention on a National Open Water and Pool swimming squad.

Shannon Harben
Shannon has always been a swimmer, competing as a junior athlete. She first started working in the aquatic industry in 2005 at the Nhulunbuy Pool in the Northern Territory as a Pool Lifeguard/Attendant. Continuing to swim as an adult, she became involved with learn to swim in 2006 obtaining her Austswim Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety and Infant Aquatics qualifications.

Shannon was able to bring learn to swim lessons to the community and the local primary schools delivering water safety and swimming programs through Northern Territory Royal Life Saving. Shannon continued to develop her passion for swimming by volunteering to the Gove Swim Club where she became an accredited ACSTA Bronze Licence Coach. Shannon moved to Gladstone in 2008 where she continued to teach at two centres with learn to swim, school swimming programs and stroke development. Since moving to the Sunshine Coast, she has managed the Mountain Creek Aquatic Centre. Shannon continues to coach, teach learn to swim and work closely with the local swimming club and school communities.

Image caption: Pictured left to right Division 10 Councillor Greg Rogerson with new Life Swim managers Shannon Harben and Sandra Kime with school children participating in a learn-to-swim program at Nambour Aquatic Centre.