WHEN Kiama Swimming Club members hit the water this Friday night, it will mark a special milestone - the beginning of the club's 60th anniversary.
According to club publicity officer John Klepczarek, members are excited about getting back into their home pool after Kiama Leisure Centre was closed for six months due to February's tornadoes.
"It's been tough, but the prospect of a milestone year is sure to translate into a great one for the club," Klepczarek said.
"We had 66 members last year and the increase in numbers can be translated, in a large part, to our new coach, Nicola Sleight, and her assistant, Corina Walker.
"Nicola . . . shows the kids that, if you are willing to put in the hard work, it can be fun."
He said they wanted to encourage new swimmers to come along and test their ability on Friday nights.
"This will give swimmers a new purpose and allow them to test their skills," he said.
"The club is designed to be fun for the whole family; we are very friendly."
Sleight was an Australian age champion in 2003 and, along with other sporting personalities like ASP World Surfing Tour member Sally Fitzgibbons, ironman Ali Day and cyclist Aaron Donnelly, has benefited from being a member of the club.
"We have also had people like Nicola, Sarah and Siobhan Paton, Rachel Coffee and Matt Young, who have done great things in the pool as well," Klepczarek said.
"There is no reason some of our members can't do the same."
Anyone interested in joining the club is welcome to go along on Friday nights from 6.45-8pm at the Kiama Leisure Centre.