Byron’s Rainbow Club up and swimming for children with disabilities

FUN, frolicking and safety in the water were the order of the day when Byron's first Rainbow Club was launched last Saturday at Byron Pool on Main Beach.

Rainbow Club is a non-profit organisation that provides subsidised one-on-one swimming lessons for children with a disability.

"We have 15 local children from 13 families enrolled in the club, ranging from 10 months to 11 years old," manager of the Rainbow Club Byron Bay, Lorissa Barrett, said.

There will be three permanent instructors at lessons each Saturday, with the program financed by Rainbow Head Office, parent fees and donations.

Byron Shire Council and Fishheads are supporting the club by offering the use of the pool at no charge.

"Byron Bay Coffee Company, Byron Bay Beachfront Apartments and Byron Bay Chilli Company have all made generous donations," Lorissa said.

"But we are still actively looking for support from the community and local businesses. The Rainbow Club believes that learning to swim is a right for all children, including those with a disability.

"We recognise that concentrated and individual focus helps those with a disability acquire the skills needed to stay safe in an aquatic environment."

Ms Barrett's daughter Trilby, 6, has Down syndrome and was a member of a Rainbow Club in Sydney.