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Have fun and stay safe in the water

As the summer temperatures start to climb, Hutt City Council’s summer pools will be a great place to be, whether it’s for a quick dip to cool off, or a day of fun in the sun.

The Eastbourne, Wainuiomata and McKenzie Baths summer pools are all open throughout the holiday break and beyond, and already proving popular.

However you do it, you’ll have more fun, and you’ll have less chance of getting into difficulty, if you know how to swim. Swimming and water safety are essential life skills for Lower Hutt residents young and old, given we live in a city with a river, considerable coastline, and easy access to the great outdoors.

Swim City runs a holiday learn to swim programme and every lesson includes an element of water safety.

As well as helping keep you safe, there are also many health benefits from swimming including healthy hearts and lungs, improved strength and flexibility, increased stamina and better balance and posture. And of course swimming’s essential for taking part in many popular Kiwi sports, like waterpolo, canoeing, sailing, surfing and triathlon.

One of the great things about swimming is that children of any age or ability can take part and for kids with additional needs, it’s more accessible than many other sports. Remember, anyone under eight still has to be actively supervised in a pool, and for under-fives, they should be within arm’s reach.

Our indoor pools are also a good option with Huia and Stokes Valley pools fully open for business over summer, and the main pool at Naenae operating as usual. At Naenae, kids eight and older can get into the ‘Funzone’ with the Aquarun, Hydroslide, Drop Zone and Ropes Course operating weekends and school holidays from 12noon-3.30pm. With the learners’ pool at Naenae currently out of action, a section at the shallow end of the main pool has been allocated for parents, young children and non-swimmers.

To register for the Swim City Holiday Learn to Swim Programme call: 04 5670043 or register online

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