Local Rainbow Clubs celebrate water safety and connection at disability swim school open day

Newcastle City and Valentine Rainbow Clubs will make a splash today celebrating with local children with disability while they to learn water safety skills and gain connection to the community.

Tuesday 21 June

Rainbow Club provides hundreds of Hunter children a chance to participate in personalised swimming lessons and social activities catering to their individual needs.

Northern NSW Development Manager, Jarrod Anthony, acknowledged the support the community offers Rainbow Clubs to provide its invaluable service.

"The Rainbow Club creates a friendly atmosphere for children with a disability to participate in a social and recreational activity while building their water confidence and safety skills," Mr Anthony said.

"Rainbow Club employs qualified swim teachers and gives each child individual attention to help them overcome their personal difficulty in learning to swim.

"Not only does this make them safer in the water but it gives children and their families a wonderful social experience and connection with the community.

"It supports self-confidence and a sense of personal achievement, plus all the health benefits of exercise.

"Without the ongoing support of our sponsors, supporters and friends we would not be able to offer our services which make an enormous difference to countless families throughout the region.

"With guidance of the Newcastle Regional Board, we opened Newcastle City in January this year, following three clubs last year in Kurri Kurri, Valentine and Toronto, together more than 100 members are thrilled with the experience Rainbow Club has to offer.

"Enrolments are open to participate in our programs so we encourage people to get in contact if they would like to join a Rainbow Club."

Mr Anthony said Newcastle City's partnership with Port Waratah Coal Services allows the Club to operate on a weekly basis during the school term and assists in covering basic costs such as equipment, pool hire and wages.

"Swimming is more than a good skill to have, it can save lives," Hennie du Plooy, CEO of Port Waratah said.

"Rainbow Club offers a unique swim school service for families of children with a disability, and we are proud to partner with them to bring this program to Newcastle."

Families can find out more and register now at http://www.myrainbowclub.org.au/newcastle-hunter-region/