For many years, the Sans Souci Leisure Centre has been an integral great part of the St George community, providing the perfect setting for a range of healthy and enjoyable family pursuits.
With the warmer weather now upon us and some recent upgrades to facilities, general manager Sheryl Fenn said families will find time spent at the leisure centre even more enjoyable.
“It has been rewarding to see the centre go from strength to strength,” Ms Fenn said.
“It becomes more than running a business, it becomes a community and the team of staff we have going into this summer is strong and customer focused.”
Georges River Council has recently upgraded the outdoor pools and incorporated an amenities block, complete with parents rooms.
“The new amenities block with outdoor showers and the Olympic pool is an incredible addition for swimmers,” Ms Fenn said.
The centre has three pools which are heated throughout the year: an indoor 25-metre pool, an outdoor toddler pool, and a refurbished outdoor, seven-lane 50m Olympic pool.
Leading the way in fitness, the centre also has a great gym. And for when you’ve finished your workout or swim, there’s the aptly named Lane 8 onsite café for a coffee and breakfast.
In the swim of things
Swimming is a valuable life skill like no other which all children can learn and enjoy and the centre provides opportunities for children of all abilities to become involved, offering the Learn to Swim program and squad swimming.
The Sans Souci Swim Academy runs throughout the year, which means your child does not stop and then have to restart swim lessons each term.
The academy focuses on progression, where infants from as young as six-months-old can work their way through levels, chasing the ultimate goal of training in the Gold Squad.
Former swimming Olympian Craig Stevens oversees the squads which perform very competitively at state and national competitions.
The long-standing Sans Souci Sea Devils Club is another great way for children to get involved in the sport.
Run by volunteers, the club is family friendly and provides a safe and supportive environment where all swimmers, regardless of ability, are encouraged to reach their potential.
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A focus on fitness
For those looking to improve health and increase fitness, the leisure centre also has a cardio room and weights area which, inspirationally, overlooks the bay.
The highly successful F45 Training Program is run within this gym area under a separate membership and patrons can also use the service of a qualified personal trainer or private swim coach for even better results.
On your mark
Home to many school carnivals, the swim academy can also help prepare children for their school carnival, particularly if they do not swim regularly and want to get some tips on technique before the big (and sometimes daunting) day!
Help for parents
A direct debit payment system continues to help parents budget with regular payments (rather than commit to an up-front lump sum), and is particularly useful for families with several children.
Always striving to provide quality of program, the centre’s use of Swim Desk software allows parents to monitor their child’s performance.
Logging into a parent portal, they can view regular assessment results which help determine areas of strength and identify where to focus future learning efforts.