Swimming instructor Deborah Dingemanse helps Chloe Streets, 4, gain confidence in the water.TEACHING your child to swim could be one of the most important things you do, according to AUSTSWIM instructor Deb Dingemanse.

From January 30 to February 10, the Education Department’s swimming and water safety program instructor will be running a weekday swimming program for parents and infants to four-year-olds, learn to swim for four-year-olds to year 9s, and children wanting to learn carnival and fitness techniques.

The lessons will be run by qualified swim instructors, including 20-year veteran Shirley Jordan, at the Glen Dhu swimming pool in Pottery Court, South Launceston.

As a multi-age AUSTSWIM qualified swim instructor Mrs Dingemanse said parents were the key to teaching their child safety around water from a young age.

“I’m hoping to teach parents how to teach their kids,” Mrs Dingemanse said.

“I think teaching parents the basics is important so they can regularly go to the pool and continue teaching their child and hopefully their children become water wise.”

Mrs Dingemanse said all the instructors were passionate about teaching students to swim and are advocates of former Australian swim coach Laurie Lawrences’ endeavour to achieve zero drownings in children aged under five.

She said it is recommended children attend each day of the holiday program to build on the skills they learn.

Parent-infant and learn to swim lessons run for 30 minutes and carnival and fitness techniques for 45 minutes.

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