A group of swim teachers in front of the pool posing for a photo
Release Date: 
Wednesday, 7 February 2024

The Armadale Fitness and Aquatic Centre (AFAC) has surpassed last season’s swim school enrolments, hitting 3,700 at the start of February 2024. Last March, the Swim School set a WA all time high of 3,607, putting us a month ahead of numbers from 2023.

This is likely a new WA record, but as reporting of numbers from other facilities won’t be available until season end, this is currently only an estimate. AFAC are on target to hit 4000 enrolments sometime around March, based on currents trends. This is a significant achievement for the Swim School, showcasing the dedication and passion that the AFAC team deliver every single day. Last year, AFAC was awarded the ‘Swim Coaches and Teachers Australia, SwimSafer Award of Excellence’.

Mayor Ruth Butterfield said: “Safety in and around the water is a critical skill and can often mean the difference between life and death. The swim school program is a crucial element to developing the water skills and awareness that give everyone the confidence to be in and around water, regardless of that being a pool, the beach, or by a river.

“Congratulations to the AFAC team for these outstanding numbers in the Swim School.”

AFAC Swim School Team Leader Danielle Lysle said: “This achievement speaks volumes to the unwavering commitment and dedication of our exceptional Swim School Instructors and Swim School Supervisors. It is amazing to see such high numbers of our community visit AFAC to learn a lifelong and lifesaving skill.”

As semester one of Swim School continues, Safety Week will be held from Monday 26 February 2024 -Sunday 3 March 2024.

National Learn to Swim Day is on Saturday 18 May 2024.

In the beginning weeks of semester two, World Drowning Day will be a key theme with this important day falling on Thursday 25 July 2024.

For more information, please visit the Swim School Information Page and use the Swim School Enrolment page to sign up and take part. The Swim School takes year-round enrolments.

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Phone: (08) 9394 5000
Email: info@armadale.wa.gov.au

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