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Get your kids summer-ready with NSW Government’s $100 swim lesson vouchers

Young families in the Clarence and Richmond Valleys will soon have yet another claimable $100 voucher with the NSW Government sinking $54 million into a new swimming lesson incentive scheme, Clarence Nationals MP Chris Gulaptis has announced.

“Our new First Lap vouchers provide children from age 3 to those in kindergarten this year or next with $100 to spend on lessons with participating swimming schools,” Mr Gulaptis said.

Mr Gulaptis said businesses will be able to register for the scheme from 1 November, with the program formally getting under way one month later.

He said the scheme had initially been narrowly targeted at preschoolers but had been expanded to kindy-age kids, as many had missed out on lessons due to COVID restrictions.

“Water safety is the number one summer priority for many parents, so subsidising swimming lessons for the little ones makes a lot of sense right now,” Mr Gulaptis said.

Premier Dominic Perrottet, who has six young children of his own, agreed it was crucial for Aussie kids to develop the skills they need to stay safe in the water

“It’s really important they don’t miss out, so we’re making sure they can  access the First Lap voucher program now that our pools are back open for lessons,” Mr Perrottet said.

Parents will be able to claim one $100 coupon for each eligible child from 1 December via Service NSW, either online at service.nsw.gov.au (where more info is available) or by calling the organisation on 13 77 88.

Mr Gulaptis said the procedure was similar to the one in use for the Nationals in Government’s Dine & Discover, Active Kids and Creative Kids vouchers, all of which were set to be replenished.

“Adults will be offered an extra $25 Dine voucher and an extra $25 Discover voucher in time for Christmas, and a new round of $300 total-per-child Active and Creative Kids vouchers kicks in at the beginning of next school year, along with a  brand new $250 “Mum and Dad” voucher,” Mr Gulaptis concluded.