We sat down with our new Learn To Swim Co-ordinator, Julie Granger and chatted all things swimming as she gets to work on our new Aquatic Centre programs.
Tell us about your new position and when you started?
I am the new Learn to Swim Co-ordinator and started just last week!
Tell us about your family and pets?
I’m a mum to 3 children - Joshua who is 11, Bella is 9 and Leo is 7. My husband’s name is Jono and we have a black lab called Bob.
What’s the bravest thing you’ve ever done?
Going on the Superman ride at Movie World while it was raining. FYI, I’ll never go on it again.
What has been the work journey that led you to our fabulous new Wellbeing Precinct Aquatic Centre?
I’ve always been a swimmer, representing my school and lifesaving clubs in my junior years. I started swim teaching about 10 years ago and loved it from day one.
What’s the best part of being involved in the launch of a new Aquatic Centre at a School?
The best part is bringing my philosophy about swimming and survival to all the girls here at Mentone Girls’ Grammar. It is a huge honour to be involved in a project like this which is focussed on a girls only swimming environment.
What’s the secret to learning to swim?
The secret is to take it step by step. It’s a gradual but fun process and my best advice is to never give up. Everyone deserves to know how to swim.
What’s the difference between being able to swim and being able to swim competitively?
Swimming to survive is essential given the country we live in. We all love to holiday near the water so to be able to have the skills to survive in the water is invaluable.
To make a strong competitive swimmer you have to love swimming and spend the time needed to perfect your craft. It’s about bettering yourself through training, times and loving what you do.
Once a child is able to swim – what role does stroke development play?
Stroke development starts very early on, it may not look like a stroke yet but it is the beginning of stroke development. The fundamental priority for swimming is your body’s position in the water. Teaching this begins for babies right through.
Tell us about two thing things families will be thrilled to know about the Aquatic Centre?
Families are going to love that we are now able to offer the Mentone Girls' community a state of the art swimming and diving centre. Also, we are introducing a brand new Learn To Swim program that will cater for all of our students no matter what level they are. It’s going to be amazing!
How early is too early to learn to swim?
It’s never too early to learn how to swim, the sooner the better. I had all 3 of my children swimming from 6 months old.
What role will the swimming program play in our curriculum?
The new Learn To Swim program will also feature heavily in the PE curriculum with additional benefits to our students who swim after school as well as we will be able to track and support their progress more efficiently.
Do you have a favourite quote?
“Never give up”