When the weather heats up, most will head to the nearest pool for a splash to cool down, but not everyone knows how to swim.
The Wagga Multicultural Council is running a program to make sure all community members, young and old, know how to swim.
Chantal Nkunzimana, originally from Burundi, said her four children are loving the lessons.
“Every morning they wake me up and say ‘mum hurry up we need to go’,” she said. “It’s important that they know how to swim.”
Clodine Niyiragira, also from Burundi, said two of her children were enrolled.
“They are loving it and it is good for them,” she said. “It’s great they learn to swim and make new friends.”
Thom Paton, community development officer, said the program is funded by the NSW Department of Justice, Office of Emergency Management.
“They learn a skill that we take for granted,” he said. “With temperatures over 40 degrees, we are encouraging safe ways of swimming.”