13 July 2022
YMCA snares three AUSTSWIM awards
YMCA South Australia (The Y) has been recognised for the outstanding quality of its swimming lessons program, winning in three major categories at the annual AUSTSWIM South Australia awards, with Port Lincoln Leisure Centre aquatics teacher, Chloe Howe, taking out the prestigious Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety award.
AUSTSWIM is nationally recognised as the peak organisation for the teaching of swimming and water safety. Since its inception in 1979, over 360,000 teachers of swimming and water safety have been trained with about 13,000 candidates trained annually. The AUSTSWIM Licence is the industry-standard for swimming and water safety teachers.
Chloe’s success in the blue riband teaching category underlined her dedication to the Y’s continual commitment to ensuring its swimming and water safety program is delivered at the highest standard possible. Chloe has been an instructor at the centre for the last four years, is AUSTSWIM Access and Inclusion and Infant Aquatics qualified and teaches across all ages.
Chloe is regarded as an incredibly hard worker, reliable, enthusiastic and passionate about her students and the delivery of her classes. She also works as a SSO at Navigator College and combines her aquatics work at Port Lincoln Leisure Centre with time as a Customer Service Officer and Duty Manager, while pursuing study to become a teacher. She is a highly valued staff member and is someone who definitely has the Y factor.
Other YMCA winners of AUSTSWIM awards included The Parks Recreation and Sports Centre in the Small Swim Centre category and Effie Carey – Best New Teacher (The Parks).
YMCA Regional Development Manager, Craig Hortin, said that the AUSTWIM awards were great acknowledgement for the recipients’ dedication and effort.
“AUSTSWIM is recognised as one of the industry’s leading qualifications for those wishing to enter the aquatics industry, so it is extremely pleasing to be judged as the best in these important categories,” he said. “The Y invests a great deal in our swimming and water safety programs to ensure it is at the very top in quality, while also focusing on accessibility to all. We are thrilled with these awards and congratulate Chloe, Effie and the entire team at The Parks.”
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