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Kings Swim Calwell student Darcy Burnett, 2, teacher Jordana Jenkinson, centre manager Steve Clarke,
and Laura Burnett enjoy the swimming class.
Photo: Daniel Spellman
The newly-opened Kings Swim
Calwell centre specialises in teaching
children how to swim, with a strong
focus on skill development and
"We work towards developing
children's technique before we focus
on swimming long distances, so
when they do learn to swim long
distance they are doing it correctly
and efficiently," manager Steve
The company's motto is safer
faster'', reflecting Kings' aim for
developing kids as quickly as
possible and ensuring they are skilled
"Ninety-nine per cent of the
parents come to us not for an
Olympic champion, they just want
their children to be safe," he said.
"We have children in our parent-
child program younger than two that
are confident in knowing how to turn
around, paddle to the side and climb
out if they fall into the pool.
Kings offers an independent
swimming curriculum, and a parent-
child curriculum, which includes
lesson plans developed by Mr Clarke
and Kings Swim founder Phil King.
"We discovered there's a massive
variety in swim education but lack of
So we decided to develop a
program that focused on absolute
consistency in the way that
swimming lessons are delivered," Mr
Clarke said. The Calwell centre has
only been open four weeks, but Mr
Clarke said the passionate teachers
were already trained to the highest
"We have employed mostly local
people. All of the swimming teachers
are nationally accredited and we train
them ourselves," he said.
The Calwell pool is designed to
accommodate very young children to
ensure they can learn independently.
Mr Clarke said children as young as
three can stand up and separate from
their parents in the water.
"One little boy, Darcy, he's two-
and-a-half and what we call a
transition student. We are
transitioning him from being with his
parent to being independent in the
water," he said.
Darcy's mother Laura Burnett said
that although he was new to the
program, Darcy was learning fast.
"I am really impressed at how
quickly Darcy has progressed since
he started at Kings Calwell," she said.
Darcy's teacher Jordana Jenkinson
said he was becoming more
confident in the water with each
"I have developed a real bond with
Darcy, which has helped with his
confidence and skill development,"
she said. For more information,
6292 0073, email calwell@
kingswim.com.au or visit
ACTIVITY CENTRE PLAN
TOP CHALLENGE ENTRY
A proposal for a world-class activity
centre on the shores of Lake Burley
Griffin has won the Chief Minister's
The challenge was to develop
ideas in just six weeks to increase
interaction with the lake.
Fifty-five professionals formed 11
teams from more than 30
organisations to take part.
The ACTivate (Australian Centre
to Inspire Vitality, Activity,
Teamwork and Exercise) proposal
was the winning idea although the
public and panel vote was split.
Ideas ranged from a floating
village and stadium to a casino and
land walkways across Parkes Way.
A garden of Australian daisies has
been opened at the Australian
National Botanic Gardens.
The garden contains about 18,000
plants, including 8000 trees, shrubs
and herbs and 10,000 annual plants,
and contains more than 80 species of
Lynne, Lady Cosgrove, opened the
She said the garden was the result
of a collaborative effort between the
Australian National Botanic Gardens
and its Friends.
The design and construction of the
garden was done by gardens staff
with 90 per cent of the plants on
display propagated in the nursery.
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