A campaign to get Cheshire’s children swimming has launched a new synchronised swimming programme to boost interest in the sport.
Brio Leisure, the community interest company that runs the Northgate Arena, says the new classes allow swimmers to develop extra skills in the water.
Gemma Roberts, a swimming teacher with Brio, said synchronised swimming was a superb way of keeping fit and a fun way to build water skills: “It’s often known as water ballet, so it appeals to anyone who enjoys swimming, but also dance or graceful gymnastic movement.
“And because it’s all water based it’s great for people of every age and different fitness levels.”
Brio launched a new campaign to get children swimming after research by swimming’s governing body, the Amateur Swimming Association, revealed only one in three seven- to 11-year-olds could swim by the time they left primary school.
The figures have prompted Brio to launch a series of easy to access swimming courses designed to encourage more take up of swimming lessons.
Training will be available at Brio’s other centres including The Epic Leisure Centre in Ellesmere Port and Christleton Sports Centre.
Jane Wedgwood, Brio’s aquatics officer, said: “Swimming is a vital life skill and one all parents need to take seriously. Learning how to swim is something that’s simply too important to ignore. We want to add as much variety as possible to lessons to maintain interest in swimming and developing water skills.”
The synchro swimming classes will initially be held at Northgate Arena on Thursday evenings, Christleton Sports Centre on Wednesday evenings and EPIC Leisure Centre on Sunday mornings.
To get maximum enjoyment from sessions swimmers should be confident in deep water.
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