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MEDIA RELEASE - Free learn to swim classes on offer for women

11 April 2019

Women in the Glenelg Shire are invited to test the waters and learn how to swim as part of free adult swimming classes at the Portland Leisure and Aquatic Centre (PLACE).

Free Women's Multicultural Learn to Swim classes will be open to women of all ages through the support of the Glenelg Shire Council, the PLACE and VicHealth’s This Girl Can campaign.

The sessions will run for four weeks from Wednesday 17 April through to Wednesday 9 May, with a free coffee on offer for all participants post swimming.

Glenelg Shire recreation coordinator Hayley Rowe hoped the lessons would empower women of all backgrounds to get more active and feel more comfortable in the water.

“Swimming is a valuable life skill, however many women in our community have not had the opportunity to learn to swim, or don’t feel confident in their abilities,” she said.

“Thanks to funding through VicHealth’s This Girl Can campaign, council has worked with the PLACE to ensure all women can learn to swim in a safe and supportive environment and without the added financial burden.

“Throughout this four week program women will be taught breathing techniques, floatation skills and stroke development to feel more comfortable and more confident in and around the water.

“These sessions are capped, so I advise anyone interested to please register their interest ahead of time.”

Event details:
Women's Multicultural Learn to Swim classes
Portland YMCA, Bentinck Street
Starts 2pm, Wednesday 17 April through to Wednesday 9 May 2019
Free coffee afterwards
Contact Hayley Rowe recreation coordinator to book on 5522 2346 or email

This Girl Can – Victoria is a motivational campaign from VicHealth, seeking to inspire more women to get more active more often. Research reveals over half of Victorian women worry about being judged when exercising, a fear which is stopping them from getting active.

To learn more about the campaign visit

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