Adult non-swimmers required to learn with Worthing Swimming Club
Why Swimming? For health and safety, fitness and fun. Worthing Swimming club has been running successful adult swimming classes at the Aquarena since its opening in January 1968.
My former colleague Peter Rodemark had been teaching adults to swim at Worthing Swimming Club from 1975 till 2008. Following the closure of the Aquarena in 1977 and the re-opening in 1982 Peter Rodemark and Josie Bush were left to the running of the adult class. I myself was taken on by "Barney" in 1983 for a trial period, yet to be confirmed!
Worthing Swimming Club has approximately 100 adult members of which one third are "active" members of the adult class. The object of the class is to take in Non-swimmers and to give them the confidence to become good recreational swimmers. The majority of members, we find, come along at all ages from 18 to 80 having had a frightening experience in their youth with regard to learning to swim. Once in the class they find themselves in a friendly and sympathetic, unhurried atmosphere where the members have shared the same experiences. Suddenly they gain water confidence, the water becomes twice as buoyant, they take off and wonder what all the fuss was about! There is an excellent feeling of social and recreational purpose within the class, some of the members having learnt to swim have continued in the class for 10 to 15 years.
If you know of anyone who is wanting to learn but is lacking in confidence we meet every Thursday evening in the learner pool from 9 pm to 10.00 pm and at £4.00 per lesson giving qualified one to one tuition it has to be the best value around.
Worthing Aquarena finally closed its doors in May 2013. Worthing Swimming Club now begins a new era at the Splashpoint Leisure Centre, Brighton Road, Worthing BN11 2EN.
John Dommen, A.I.S.T.
Adult Swimming Co-ordinator
Tel: 01903 244470
With effect from February 2008, Life member Peter Rodemark retired after nearly 40 years with the Club's Adult section but is still an active member of the Club.