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MEDIA RELEASE - Get ready to cool off at your local outdoor pool

24 October 2019

With the weather warming up, council’s outdoor pools are preparing to open their gates for the summer swimming season.

Outdoor facilities at the Portland Leisure and Aquatic Centre (PLACE), Heywood Swimming Pool, Casterton Swimming Pool and Merino Swimming Pool are due to open on schedule for 1 December 2019.

PLACE Manager Kerri Jennings said staff had been busy during the cooler months ensuring the pools were in pristine condition for opening day.

"The outdoor pool season will be better than ever this summer with all of our pools freshly painted, cleaned and ready for use, with refilling to occur in the coming weeks," she said.

“We have also been busy planning a range of activities as part of our school holiday schedule, which includes inflatables, pool parties and VICSWIM, a fun and educational aquatic program.

“VICSWIM is a low cost, intensive five day program that focuses on learn to swim and water safety skills for children from four years of age. Each program consists of five x 30 minute lessons at the same time throughout the week.

“As an incentive to participants, those who enrol in VICSWIM will also receive free pool entry for students and their families. The offer is part of a commitment between the YMCA and Aquatics and Recreation Victoria to increase the number of children who have access to swimming lessons.

“I encourage all families to make the most of this valuable opportunity to teach their little ones a valuable life skill at the convenient location of their local outdoor pool facility. It will also be a great way to cool off during the warmer summer weather.”

VICSWIM will be offered at the following locations:
• PLACE: 6-10th and 13th-17th January
• Heywood Swimming Pool: 6-10th and 13th-17th January
• Casterton Swimming Pool: 6-10th, 13th-17th and 20th – 24th January
• Merino Swimming Pool: 6th – 10th January

Pools will remain open until the end of March, with the final day of the summer season on Tuesday 31 March 2020. For further information please on the outdoor pool season, including the VICSWIM program, please visit the Grampians YMCA website.


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