The Ararat Fitness Centre has developed a plan to relaunch the swim school program after COVID-19 restrictions ease in Victoria.
The new program will focus on teaching kids how to behave safely and help others who may be in trouble.
"One of our main teaching focuses is the Royal Life Saving Swim and Survive program because it has a high focus on staying safe around water," said Ararat Fitness Centre coordinator Kim Bush.
The centre will also teach students freestyle stroke, backstroke and provide options to continue through to advanced or elite levels.
Ararat Rural City Council chief executive Dr Tim Harrison said he had confidence in the fitness centre staff to teach the children of the community about swimming safety.
"The swim teachers at the Ararat Fitness Centre are passionate, qualified and experienced," he said.
"Our swim teachers understand the importance of swim safety and will help to save lives before risks are even present.
"To make the most of our beautiful regional areas it's important that we teach our community how to be safe in them."
Ararat Fitness Centre will be training more swim teachers, with the current teachers being important mentors for the new staff.
This will help them increase classes and ensure that all people have access to programs and students get the attention they need to properly learn techniques and safety.
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