SWIM MY WAY funding for Ballina Swim School

Ballina Swim School has a vision to provide subsidised swim lessons at various times of the year. We made a few phone calls and then spoke to Royal Life Saving Australia who applied for funding through their joint initiative with Uncle Toby’s.

SWIM MY WAY granted Ballina Swim School $1725 to provide 5 complimentary swim lessons to swimmers for the July School holidays at Ballina Memorial Pool. This funding covered pool entry. Ballina Swim School provided the instructors time to enable the program to be facilitated to more children.

Children who participated were aged between 3 and 14 years in the holiday program. There were children who were beginners to more advanced swimmers. We had beginners aged 3 with the oldest non swimmers 9 and 11 years old. The oldest swimmer was 14 and he scooted his way to the pool each day to be able to attend.

The program inspired the 2 older boys to continue with their lessons. Their confidence and ability has improved each day they get in the pool, and they are enjoying their swimming. Their parents have shown so much appreciation for the turn around in their swimming.

Vorgee provided four swim caps and goggles sets as prizes for some of our swimmers. We did a random draw to choose our winners as everyone improved immensely during the week. This is one of our lucky winners of our Vorgee pack.

Ballina Swim School provided 2 poncho towels as prizes for the younger swimmers. Here is one of our other young swimmers with her poncho towel and her Royal Life Saving participation certificate.

We also had the wonderful Elysha and Brad from BandE Productions come down 2 days and video some of our swimmer’s in their classes and put together an amazing video of our special week of lessons. We have so much gratitude to you for coming down and supporting our funded program. The video was shared to Royal Life Saving Australia who then distribute to Uncle Toby’s and through their media channels.

Ballina Swim School SWIM MY WAY July 2019

We hope by sharing the video it highlights the importance of children learning to swim. Funding removes the financial barrier of swimming lessons for so many swimmers. If we can get more swimmers participating in lessons that in turn prevents drowning fatalities, and we see more children and adults enjoy their time in and around water. Everyone who participated appreciated the opportunity to complete the swim lessons and some parents have given some written feedback below.

Feedback from parents

We really appreciate your expertise in teaching my two children to swim in the intensive swim program sponsored by Royal Life Saving and Uncle Toby’s. They both showed great improvement and confidence in their swimming and water safety. Thank you!

Love it! honestly you have worked wonders with my two especially with how easily distracted they are. -Kara

Just wanted to say a big thank you for providing the children with swimming lessons over the holidays. It was such a great experience for them and I am so thankful to you for your time, great instruction and insights in to their swimming.  – Rachael
We have all had so much fun swimming this week. I enrolled my two boys into the lessons to improve their overall ability and confidence in the water, as well as improve their stroke technique. They have both improved so much and now have skills they will have for the rest of their lives. We are so proud of how far they have come in just a few days. The boys have also made some nice friends. Thank you, we really appreciate your time and expertise. 
She’s loved her lessons with you and you have really helped her along this week. So I’d like to Thankyou very much! I don’t know how you do it! -Vikki

Ballina Swim School our vision

Ballina Swim School want to be able to provide affordable swimming and water safety lessons to infants, kids, youth, adults and swimmers with special abilities.

We want to facilitate a program that incorporates water safety, survival strokes, survival swimming, teaching rescues in a safe way, and learning about different water environments.

We live in a beautiful part of the world and have rivers, ocean, surf, dams etc all within close proximity.

Swimming lessons are vital to everyone in the community and we need to ensure everyone has access to these programs.

Ballina Swim School will be facilitating swimming lessons at Ballina Memorial Pool every school holidays. You can view the dates of future programs on our website : important dates 2019

All enquires can be sent to swim@ballinaswimschool.com.au

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Ballina Swim School would love to say THANK YOU to everyone who made our SWIM MY WAY program a success.

We appreciate all the work from the wonderful people at Royal Life Saving, grateful for the funding from Uncle Toby’s, the prizes from Quentin from Vorgee, Vicki and Lee at Ballina Memorial Pool, and the amazing parents & their swimmers. Without you this amazing opportunity would not have been possible.

– Briana Heinz, Ballina Swim School

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