At what age can I start my child?

Why start so young?

What can babies learn?

Do I need to be in the water with my child??

Does swimming put my child at greater risk of infectious diseases?

Will the chlorine affect my baby’s skin?

When will my child be safe around water?

How often should my child swim?

How long does it take to learn to swim?

How far should I be able to swim to consider myself safer in the water?

What qualifications do our teaching staff have?





AT WHAT AGE CAN I START MY CHILD?


Although we are never too old to learn, beginning learn to swim classes earlier rather than later will ensure a better learning outcome. Healthy babies can begin swimming lessons at 3 months of age. Our teaching programs will cater for beginners of any age



WHY START SO YOUNG?


Introducing babies to water awareness classes at a young age prevents them from developing a fear of water.


We are not born with fear. Fear is a learned response. It is a emotion developed through unpleasant experience, the threat of danger, pain or harm or transferred from others.


Introducing babies to water in a confident, loving and caring manner on a regular basis lowers the chance  of a fear of water developing.


We believe the first swimming lesson should start with a baby’s first immersion in water: their first bath.


WHAT CAN BABIES LEARN?


Swimming facilitates development of:

  1. 1.•balance and coordination

  2. 2.•strength and endurance

  3. 3.•independence

  4. 4.•an acceptance of challenges and learning as fun and exciting

  5. 5.•socialising skills through group lessons.


Babies and children learn best through playing, doing, imitating, communicating, repeating and interacting.


Our activity based games allow babies and young children to learn important water safety and swimming skills: floating, submerging and understanding depth and most importantly a “feel” for the water. These skills form the basis of swimming.


University research shows that babies who swim regularly from a very young age are more school ready when beginning school than the normal population. In many skills up to 18 months more advanced than the general population (http://www.griffith.edu.au/education/early-years-swimming/publications).


DO I NEED TO BE IN THE WATER WITH MY CHILD?


Yes a care giver must be in the water with their child for baby classes.


At around three years old, depending on your child’s abilities, it may no longer be necessary to accompany your child into the water.


DOES SWIMMING PUT MY CHILD AT GREATER RISK OF INFECTIOUS DISEASE?


Our pool is always presented in a crystal clear and clean condition.


Our pool is a private swimming school catering for far fewer swimmers than a public pool. We adhere to strict industry guidelines for cleanliness of our pool.


Swimming lessons will present similar risks of infection as your local preschool and play groups. To avoid infecting others with the common cold, gastro and other infectious diseases keep your child home until they are well again. “Make up” lessons for missed lessons are available if the available times are convenient for you.


Also, the health and fitness benefits of swimming will give your child a greater resistance to infection.


WILL THE CHLORINE AFFECT MY BABY’S SKIN?


Our pool’s chemical balance is monitored regularly to ensure this should not happen.


Our pool’s heated water will certainly exacerbate any allergy and possibly irritate a swimmer’s eczema, causing extra itching. In some situations a light covering of baby oil over the skin before entering the water can help. Making a habit of showering after swimming will limit any skin reaction.


Our pool water is also regularly tested by Aquascience for chemical balance and any microbiological infections. This is not a Government Regulation but gives us even greater confidence in our water purity. Not many Swim  Schools go to this expense to monitor their water.


WHEN WILL MY CHILD BE SAFE AROUND WATER?


The best protection  against drowning is for care givers to CONSTANTLY SUPERVISE children in, on and around water at all times.


Swimming lessons will teach children to be SAFER near water, but even the most experienced swimmer may still accidentally drown.


HOW OFTEN SHOULD MY CHILD SWIM?


The simple answer is the more often the child swims the greater they learn.


In today’s time poor society most parents choose to have lessons once a week. We will cater for and encourage lessons more often. Those parents who regularly swim with their child outside of lessons help their children learn water skills.


Whether lessons are taken once a week or more often, a consistent attendance is a vital aspect of learning success for your child.


Repeated breaks in the learning process (such as stopping for a term or two) can delay the learning time frame considerably. When the child returns to swimming it is not unusual for many weeks to be spent relearning skills that have been lost during the break, not to mention the financial cost of these lessons.


Absences due to illness are unavoidable but “make up” lessons are available and encouraged.


HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO LEARN TO SWIM?


Learning is an individual skill. The time taken to learn to swim is affected by age, health, attitude to water, attitude to learning, consistency of learning, ability to learn and encouragement.


Being able to swim safely and competently requires a long term, consistent approach.


There is also a vast difference between knowing how to swim and being able to swim. Being able to swim is not like being able to ride a bike. The breathing skills required to swim require regular practice to maintain ability. Otherwise the distance that can be swum competently reduces rapidly.


HOW FAR SHOULD I BE ABLE TO SWIM TO CONSIDER MYSELF SAFER IN WATER?


The Royal Life Saving Society’s statistics show:

  1. 1.• most drownings occur within 20m of safety

  2. 2.• after unexpectedly entering water, swimmers are only able to swim 10% of the distance they can comfortably cover in the pool.


Therefore the minimum distance necessary is 200m.


We recommend a minimum of 400m continuous, comfortable freestyle is necessary to be considered safer in and around water.


WHAT QUALIFICATIONS DO OUR TEACHING STAFF HAVE?


Austswim (Australian Teacher of Swimming Certificate) is the minimal qualification required of our staff.


From  July 2008 the Swim Australia Teacher of Swimming Certificate will become our standard. This is a new Nationally accredited qualification which encompasses the Austswim standard and more; also offering more ongoing professional development. The Swim Australia standard is more accessible and flexible to meet  the standards required by our Swim School.