Summer ready with the Y

CONFIDENT: The Y and the Royal Lifesaving Society urge families to act and ensure children have the skills to survive in the water. Photo: Supplied
CONFIDENT: The Y and the Royal Lifesaving Society urge families to act and ensure children have the skills to survive in the water. Photo: Supplied

The countdown to summer is on and the Y is encouraging the community to jump into the Hawkesbury Oasis Aquatic and Leisure Centre to brush-up their strokes.

The Y is joining experts from Royal Lifesaving Society in urging families to act now and ensure children have the lifesaving skills to survive in the water.

According to Royal Life Saving Society Australia, swim school enrollments dropped 25 per cent in September compared to last year.

With many families pausing swimming lessons due to pool closures and the pandemic, Y NSW centre manager Stacey Kenny said it's vital Hawkesbury locals get back on track with their learn-to-swim journeys.

"With the support of our incredible partner Hawkesbury City Council our 25 metre indoor and 50 metre outdoor pools are both open with COVIDSafe measures in place," Stacey said.

"Swimming lessons may have dropped off the radar for some families but it's so important as the weather warms up that children and adults have the skills to survive in a pool, river or beach environment.

"We have recreational swimming, swimming lessons and squads and our incredible aquatics team are ready to cater a program to your child's needs."

For those who prefer to splash around, the pool has had a major face-lift boasting some new and exciting features.

The indoor lagoon pool has been resurfaced and brand-new water features installed for the little ones to enjoy including a fountain, dumping buckets, a curvy cane and a whale tail.

"The facility is looking better than ever and is the perfect place to exercise and practice vital swimming skills or relax and enjoy a sense of connection to the community," Stacey added.

To comply with NSW government COVID-19 capacity limits, non-members are required to book in for pool entry.

You can visit the website ymcansw.org.au/centres/hawkesbury-oasis/ for more information on booking and other details.

The Hawkesbury Oasis is open Mondays to Fridays from 5.30am to 9pm, Saturdays and Sundays from 8am to 6pm and on public holidays from 10am until 4pm.

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