Kirrawee learn-to-swim centre reopens

Back in the swim: Josh Crowther with his sons Levi and Beau, and with Leanne Oakley at the reopend Southern Swim School at Kirrawee. Picture: Chris Lane
Back in the swim: Josh Crowther with his sons Levi and Beau, and with Leanne Oakley at the reopend Southern Swim School at Kirrawee. Picture: Chris Lane

A popular learn-to-swim centre at Kirrawee, which closed suddenly a year ago, has been reopened by new owners who have carried out a major upgrade and introduced a new teaching program.

The opening of Southern Swim School in Yalgar Road comes at the peak time of the year for parents organising swimming lessons for their children.

Sutherland Shire couples, Josh and Brigette Crowther and Neisha and John Pitt, bought the property after Shire Swim School closed in February, 2019.

They are also partners in Stepping Stones Early Learning Centre at Kirrawee.

Mr Crowther said the purpose-built pool, which is 1.2 metres deep and with an entry ramp, was one of the best you would find for teaching swimming.

"We have put in a new heating system, giving a consistent 32 degree water temperature, which is great for babies and older kids summer or winter," he said.

"At the same time, we have upgraded the pool deck and added a play area, providing comfort for parents and children in tow.

"Neisha and John won Season 3 of the Nine Network's The Block, andtheir flair for design and renovation shines through.

"We now have a modern learn-to-swim centre that not only has a fantastic pool, but is bright, fresh, comfortable and family-friendly.

"The open plan includes an at-level viewing room for parents, an adjoining playroom for toddlers and on-deck showers.

"The facilities are designed to be open and transparent, where everyone can see everything from every angle."

Mr Crowther said the swim program combined expert teaching with a challenging, modern and progressive curriculum and small teacher to student ratios to ensure children get the most out of every lesson.

An intensive school holiday program is also being offered.

Head of swimming, Leanne Oakley, has managed several large programs, including eight years at Pymble Ladies' College, where she established her own program in a new $38 million aquatic facility.

Before that, Ms Oakley was aquatics coordinator at a large shire-based swim school.

"We believe that kids are capable of doing amazing things in the water at a young age," she said.

"We advise parents to start their children early, trust the process while we stay consistent in our teaching and constantly provide them with challenges so that they stay motivated to achieve."

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