We are very lucky in that the area where I live has quite a few swimming pools within a half hour drive. I have a full olympic size one just five minutes from home and a slightly smaller one in the larger leisure centre complex about ten minutes away.
As well as use of the gym and fitness rooms my membership at the leisure centre gives me the option of a warm water exercise/recouperation pool; whereas at the local pool that’s just what you get – big long indoor pool, plus outdoor medium size and children pools – at a much cheaper cost then the leisure centre. Guess I’m greedy in that I utilise both of them.
One day last week I decided late morning to get the togs and towels out and go close to home – the early morning ‘oldies’ and the preschool swimming classes would be finished so there be plenty of parking close to the building. An absolute necessity on a day of pouring rain – nothing worse than getting wet before you have to. Of course in the summer time it’s trees we look for – nothing worse than driving home in an overcooked car lol
In I go through the revolving door and stopped dead in my tracks
Lanes sectioned off, kids everywhere, and the noise was deafening. I looked at a lifeguard standing near the door and made a face before muttering ‘ Oh that’s just not fair, I was so looking forward to a peaceful swim’
Then asked why there were no buses outside to warn me I’d have company.
Term four she said, our busiest for school swimming lessons. (For those that don’t know, that’s the spring leading up to summer term) The buses drop one grade, turn around, go back to the school to pick up the next grade by which time this lot will have had their lessons and be ready to go back to school where another grade will be ready to board – and so on. I suppose our kids were lucky in that living so close they just walked there and back each week.
Thinking about it later I felt quite guilty – swimming lessons are a very important part of our schools curriculum.
So with a bit of digging around I discovered that as early as 1916 learn to swim classes were introduced by the Victorian Education Department, then the Herald ‘learn to swim campaign’ began in 1929
I’m sure our kids still have their original 25metre and life saving certificates. As well as learning to swim learning to help others in need is also taught.
Now this handy dandy website tells me the current population of Australia is about 24 million – plus lots of other interesting facts and figures.
And in the year June 2016/ July 2017 there were 280 deaths by drowning in Australian waterways. All these statistics and more are in this really easy to read very enlightening report. (Swimming pools refer to backyard pools)
In a fit of pique I moaned about all the school kids at the pool – I still can’t believe I did that.
Guess I’ll have to leave them to it – and get to pool early morning.
Say about 8 am 🙂