We know how kids learn
Understanding how we physically develop as we age guides our teaching. This helps learning to swim to be as simple as possible. This developmental approach is exceedingly important when teaching the very young.
Our staff are trained to always reward the effort of each performance.
"Wow you tried so hard. You tried to do all the things I asked. And look, see how far you swam. Great effort!"
Understanding Growth Mindset Principles we continually praise the learner's efforts (You tried so hard) rather than their innate abilities (Oh, you are so clever).
The Growth Mindset by Carol Dweck
Our teachers focus on the individual learning needs of each child. There are up to four children per class for learners but each child is assessed individually. Then the focus of the teaching will target each child's learning needs. Assessment will continue throughout the lesson and determine the practice required individually.
Water safety is a prime teaching focus both in and out of the water. There is far more to water safety than just being able to swim. As well as teaching safer habits during normal lessons regular SwimSafer weeks are held throughout the year teaching water safety in the pool, around the pool, at home, at the beach, near a lake or river - Anywhere near water, for all ages.
Make up lessons
Those who attend lessons most regularly will have the best learning outcome. There will be occasions when your child is sick and you just cannot attend. "Make up" lessons are available for those classes and you are encouraged to use them.
There are a few conditions - the school must be notified well before the absence so others have the opportunity to use their "make ups" in your absence - You must be a financial member of the Swim School to be covered by our insurance.
See the Moonee Ponds or Greensborough pages for specifics.
Commitment to regular swimming for learning
Those who attend the most regularly achieve the best learning. Irregular attendance will lead to slower learning and frustration and lessened interest by the learner as they know they are not achieving any learning.
To achieve the best return of your financial investment in having your child learn to swim you must attend regularly and for those occasions when you cannot attend, notify the school beforehand and use your 'Make ups'.