Being Community Minded

Penrith and surrounding suburbs have certainly grown in recent years, but we think it is as important as ever to
maintain community connections and be community focused, whether locally or further afield.
Which is why we love the story of how one of our swim teachers, Hayden Bousfield, recently travelled to Wilcannia to teach local indigenous children to swim in a 2 week intensive program, working with 28 aboriginal children from 5 – 8 years old. The people of this town get relief from the sometimes 50 degree heat in the river, but the majority of residents can’t
swim. There is a local pool, but no one is offering swimming lessons. By the end of the 2 weeks with Hayden, the top 2 groups could freestyle with correct technique for 100 metres! The minimum level achieved was for the children to swim 25 meters and get themselves out of the pool – a huge improvement. Hayden said “they were all gorgeous kids, and I would do it all again in a heartbeat “. Well done Hayden for improving water safety and swimming skills in Wilcannia! (Full story on website).
Closer to home, we are also keen to work with our local community – you will often see us talking about water safety at the sporting fixtures of the local teams we sponsor, visiting pre-schools and daycare centres with our mascot Paddles the Platypus promoting water safety, or helping local causes with fundraising. If you would like us to visit your pre-school or we can help your organisation, please contact julie@nepeanswim.com.au! Stay safer!