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This issue’s cover
Cover shows the international gold winner selected by IAKS, the
Naturbad Riehen natural pool in Switzerland. Photography by
Helene Schneider. There is more on this pool on page 62.
A skill to last
In this issue on page 65 is a story about the renewal of the Suth-
erland Leisure Centre, and it’s interesting reading to see how they
brought the aquatic facilities up to scratch.
But this story also had me thinking about a number of other things.
Because this was where I learnt to swim, back in the dim past of the
twentieth century – more decades back than I’d care to admit. As
a raucous gaggle of six and seven year olds we were bussed to the
outdoor pool on foggy weekday mornings, where we’d progress from
hanging onto the sides and kicking to actually risking the journey
across the width of the pool. I’ll never forget the smell of the sau-
sage rolls warming in the pie oven as we queued up, wrapped in our
towels; wet, cold and tired from our exertions.
I got to practice my new skills with my friend around the corner in
his pebblecrete kidney pool, starting in the shallow end until I’d built
up the confidence to tackle the bowl. Under the Christmas tree that
year was the most exciting present: blue rubber flippers, snorkel
and mask. All summer we played Sea Hunt and 20,000 Leagues under
the Sea, as well as Cowboys and Indians – when you waited in line
to be shot so you could die extravagantly, ending with a spectacular
splash in the pool. Later, we graduated to games like underwater
rugby league with a tennis ball, which sounds pretty dangerous, but
this was the old days, after all.
While those summer memories may fade, they still have a golden
glow about them. This summer, hundreds of thousands of Aussie
kids will be creating their own memories in the pool, to be remem-
bered for the rest of their lives. At the same time, they’ll be learning
skills that will make them safer, stronger and even smarter accord-
ing to the latest research (see p48).
I hope Santa leaves something wonderful under your Christmas tree
even better than a snorkel and mask – and that a sunny December
sets up a great season for everyone.
The public natural pool
That won an
How to conquer
The vanishing edge
Thrills and chills
In waterpark innovation
Water safety and
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