CAN’T CATCH ME: Oscar Pope, 8, of Grafton enjoys his school holidays with a bit of a slide on his dad Steve’s legs at the Grafton Aquatic Centre. PHOTO: ADAM HOURIGAN
CAN’T CATCH ME: Oscar Pope, 8, of Grafton enjoys his school holidays with a bit of a slide on his dad Steve’s legs at the Grafton Aquatic Centre. PHOTO: ADAM HOURIGAN

Stinking hot days will make a splash

HEATWAVE conditions forecast for later in the week should have holidaymakers frolicking in the aquatic attractions on offer in the Clarence Valley.

Beaches and outdoor swimming pools in the region opened for business at the weekend, in line with the beginning of the school holidays.

While crowds flocked to the beaches at Yamba and other seaside attractions, Grafton Aquatic Centre management said its business was steady.

Pool manager Aleura Paterson said the pool was open a week or two earlier and had done so since the advent of the four-term school year.

"Temperatures were a bit cool, so we didn't get big crowds in," she said.

That is likely to change tomorrow and Thursday, when temperatures are predicted to top 35 degrees.

Ms Paterson said the centre was already getting bookings from groups coming to use the water slide and diving pool.

"We've got a booking from Coffs Harbour later this week," she said.

Yamba Surf Life Saving Club publicity officer Mike Harvey said Main Beach was a picture at the weekend.

"The crowds were good and it was really good to see how the sand has come back on the beach," Mr Harvey said. "The rocks at the northern end of the beach near the clubhouse that were sticking up three or four feet are now nearly buried in the sand again."

Mr Harvey said club personnel had been training and preparing for the swimming season throughout the year.

Next weekend the club is expecting more than 200 competitors for the annual Jacob Lollback Memorial Board Race Day, commemorating the life of representative paddler Jacob Lollback, who died in a diving accident in 2009.



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