Swim Academy closes doors
The Lismore Swim Academy closed its doors last Saturday.
Gregg Sneesby opened Lismore Swim Academy three-and-a-half years ago, using the former Splash Factory site in South Lismore, and said it took two years to begin making a profit.
He said that the opening of the Goonellabah Sports & Aquatic Centre, coupled with parents feeling financial pressure and giving up ‘extras’ like swim lessons, was to blame.
“Since the GSAC opened and with the economic downturn the turnover for this summer dropped 40% and we just couldn’t cover our overheads,” Gregg said. “I would keep the business running if I could – it’s been the best three-and-a-half years of my life.”
Summit Sports and Fitness Centre has announced they will provide lessons for anyone left out of pocket by the closure.
“It’s just a goodwill thing basically,” Summit manager Annie Petty said. “We know how hard it is for people with children to find money for learn-to-swim lessons and they didn’t get any warning about this – they turned up on Saturday and the doors were locked. We want to give them the opportunity to get what they paid for.
“We will provide free swimming lessons or aqua aerobics sessions for any Lismore Swim Academy clients who are out of pocket.”