New swim school will teach adults alongside kids!

Jump Swim School Lilydale

JUMP! Swim School Lilydale opens next week 

 Babies as young as three months will learn to swim next to adults at a special new swim school opening on October 17. 

  As part of the $3 million upgrade to the old Lilydale Squash and Fitness Centre site, the community will see a new swim school open, which will run learn-to-swim classes for both children and adults. 

 The reasons why many adults don’t have basic swimming skills are varied but the danger is certainly there, with Royal Life Saving Australia research showing one in four adults are unable to swim well. The most recent Royal Life Saving Australia Drowning Report data also showed the top age group for drownings as 25 – 34 years.

 Much like lessons for children, the adult program aims to introduce adults to the water in a safe and gradual way with small class sizes.  

 The owner of JUMP! Swim Schools Lilydale, Sonam Saby, who is also a qualified swim teacher said offering classes to adults made sense and she was very excited about bringing this special service to the local community. 

 “I am particularly excited about offering adult swim lessons alongside our kids’ lessons,” said Sonam, who also runs a swim school at South Morang. 

 “Coming from a migrant family, I know it is always daunting for adults who have not learned swimming lessons in their own country.  

 “We aim to provide a comfortable, safe and promising environment to adults where they will not feel scared or shy. Learning to swim shouldn’t have an age barrier. Age is just a number. 

 “It made sense to extend our program to adults – we have the boutique facilities and the highly skilled teachers to be able to help – and so we are.” 

 Approximately one-third of enrolments at the Lilydale swim school are children under the age of two, reflecting the shift observed nationally towards starting children earlier with the goal of swimming independently by age 2 – 3.   

 “I’ve seen first-hand the importance of learning to swim – it’s truly a life-saving skill. One of my students was on her holiday when she slipped into the deep end of the pool. She rescued herself with the skills that she learned with us. This is why we do what we do,” said Sonam.  


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