Funds now available for YMCA disability swimming lessons
Saturday, 5th October, 2013
Dylan Evers was once fearful of the water, now he gets excited even before going to the pool.
His mum Stacey says the nine-year-old, who has Autism, has improved in his water confidence as well as his social skills since attending the YMCA’s SwimAbility program at Broken Hill Regional Aquatic Centre.
“Since Dylan started coming to the Y for swimming lessons he has learnt not only valuable water safety skills, but his confidence and social skills have also improved, all the while remaining physically and mentally fit,” she said.
While Dylan is not likely to become the next Olympic swimmer, Ms Evers said she is confident that if her son fell into a pool, he would have the confidence and ability to save himself.
“He just loves the environment and I encourage any parent thinking about joining the Y’s SwimAbility program to do so,” she said.
The program is specially designed for those with a physical or intellectual disability and offers one-on-one or group swimming lessons to suit individual needs.
Financial assistance is now available for adults and children to take part in the program thanks to funds raised during the annual YMCA Swimathon held earlier this year.
The YMCA Swimathon is an annual national fundraising event held at over 30 aquatic centres across NSW.
In 2013, the Broken Hill community raised over $4,400 at the centre.
Applications for the program can be made in person or in writing to Shane Simmons, Centre Manager of Broken Hill Regional Aquatic Centre.
For more information call the centre on 08 8080 3510 or visit ymcansw.org.au/bhrac.