Aquatic Centre ready to make a splash
Published on 24 September 2021
As the State battens down the hatches for a late blast of wintry weather, staff at the Launceston Leisure and Aquatic Centre have their eyes set firmly on the summer season ahead.
Final preparation works are underway this week ahead of the opening of the facility's popular outdoor pools, waterslide and barbecue areas from next week.
Launceston Mayor Albert van Zetten said the opening of the facility's outdoor areas traditionally heralded the start of warmer weather.
"The opening of the Launceston Leisure and Aquatic Centre's 65m waterslide and outdoor pools is always exciting and is always popular with Launceston's children, particularly when it coincides with school holidays," Mayor van Zetten said.
"Once this weekend's predicted wintry weather is behind us, we're looking forward to seeing the temperatures climbing again as we head towards the summer months.
"No matter if it's the indoor pools or the outdoor pools, the Launceston Leisure and Aquatic Centre will be the place to be these school holidays."
Launceston Leisure and Aquatic Centre Learn to Swim Instructor Jacqueline Summers said the facility was expecting a bumper swimming season ahead.
"Even though summer is still a couple of months away, we are already geared up and ready for action," Ms Summers said.
"For those who like to make a splash our diving boards will be open from next week, and for those with a thirst for adventure you can't go past the 65-m waterslide which is always popular with the kids.
"In fact, these school holidays until October 10 if you purchase an Unlimited Waterslide Pass for $10, you'll get another one free to give to a friend.
"Our outdoor barbecue area has been given a makeover in readiness for summer so the facility is a great place to come and cool off on a hot day with a swim and a snag."
Ms Summers encouraged Northern Tasmanians to be water safe this summer, and to take advantage of the Launceston Leisure and Aquatic Centre's Learn to Swim programs.
"One unfortunate statistic we've seen on the rise during COVID is drowning deaths, which are up 20 per cent according to recent figures from the Royal Life Saving Society and Surf Life Saving Australia," Ms Summers said.
"That's a very sobering statistic and we really want to ensure people have water safety front of mind heading into summer. That means things like supervising children, remembering that alcohol and water don't mix, following directions from lifeguards and be aware of your limitations.
"Even though many Northern Tasmanians have grown up around the water, there are people who — for a variety of reasons — may not have learned to swim, or who may need a refresher course.
"It doesn't matter what your age is, or what your experience level is, we have a Learn to Swim program that can meet your needs.
"We have a new adult Learn to Swim program intake starting in October and another intake early next year, so if you missed out on learning to swim as a child and want to have a go at it now, get in contact with us and we'll find a program suitable for you."