SANTA arrived in style when he dropped into the Orange Aquatic Centre on Friday afternoon to hand out ice-blocks to a group of keen young swimmers who have been improving their skills.
NSW Fire and Rescue crews delivered Santa to the door of the centre for the end-of-year gathering for participants in the learn-to-swim classes.
Swimmers and their families enjoyed a free barbecue and ice-blocks from Santa.
“It’s a way of thanking them for being involved and encouraging [the swimmers] to keep coming,” council spokesman Allan Reeder said.
“The pattern that’s emerging shows that many kids will enjoy the experience and the quality of teaching so much that they will continue on with the next level of classes.”
More than 400 children aged from babies through to young teenagers who were involved in the latest round of learn-to-swim classes were invited to the end-of-year gathering.
“They start out with basic water confidence and learn-to-swim and then move through into stroke correction and more advanced classes,” Mr Reeder said.
Enrolments for future learn-to-swim classes close one month before they start.
The next intake is for five-day intensive classes starting January 20 and the 10-weekly term one classes starting February 3.