Kids Swimming Lessons Byron Shire

Kids swimming lessons are essential to build your child’s confidence in the water.

We provide kids swimming lessons all year round from our pool located in Bilinudgel. We are just off the Pacific Highway North of Byron Bay,Brunswick Heads and Mullumbimby. Our swim classes accommodate all skill levels. Your child will be allocated a class after assessment by our qualified swimming teachers.

Our kids swimming lessons take 15 minutes or half an hour depending on where you child is at. We advise you to enroll for the term, to make sure your child gets the best possible opportunity to gain confidence in the water.

All our swim teachers are SWIM Australia accredited. Ruth Smith the proprietor is an Austswim swim Teacher. Ruth has qualifications in Swimming and Water Safety and is also a Bronze level Swim Coach.

Our team love to see your child progress and are passionate about swimming. We have testimonials on our website which show happy kids and parents after a kids swimming lesson.

Our swim Facility has been updated and improved in 2016 with new waterproof grass a heater. The kids warm themselves happily after a swim lesson. We provide modern renovated bathrooms and change rooms.

One of the many benefits of swim lessons is better preparedness for school. A Griffith University study has shown kids swimming lessons for under 5’s develop’s better numeracy literacy and language skills.

Join us today at Swim For Your Life Billinudgel and quick start your child’s confidence in the water.

You will find our accredited swim teachers encouraging, friendly and progressive.

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Kids Swimming Lessons at Swim For Your Life

Swimming Efficiently Byron Bay

Swimming Efficiently

 

Swimming is superb aerobic exercise (vigorous exercise that really pumps your heart and lungs) and very tiring. The two things are of course connected. You can swim further for longer by swimming more efficiently, which in turn means using as little energy as possible for each stroke by getting as much forward propulsion as possible.

 

With freestyle, for example, the object is to extend your hand as much as you can and bring it back as far as possible, dragging as much water back (with a cupped hand and bent forearm) as you possibly can. If you make a long, complete stroke with a proper follow-through, you are applying your pulling force for longer and each stroke will count for more.

 

To put it another way, if you want to produce the biggest possible change of momentum, you need to apply your force (pulling back on the water) far as long as possible…..with as long a stroke as possible and a good, complete follow-through. It is also worth remembering that the human body is a machine. Our limbs work like levers, pivoted at our joints and this multiplies force or speed. When you are doing freestyle, it is important to reach forward and pull your arm backward as much as you can. You get more leverage on the water that way and the force you create pulling backward will give you more force to go forward. A good follow-through also decelerates your limbs more slowly, and reducing the acceleration reduces the force they feel, reducing the likelihood of pulled muscles and other injuries.

 

It takes energy to push your body through water – and your body loses the same amount of energy in the process. The rate at which something uses energy is called power. According to an interesting article from Physicist Rhett Allain, champion swimmers can briefly achieve a power of 12oo watts (the maximum power of a clothes washing machine or a very powerful vacuum cleaner), which is about 3 times what a champion cyclist achieves. It’s not surprising that a swimmer uses more energy that a cyclist given that all 4 limbs of a swimmer are moving all the time (compared with just a cyclist’s legs), and in a more dense fluid. But it is surprising to me that the difference is so great! There seems to me no obvious reason why a human body working at full tilt should be able to produce so much more power in one fluid (water) that another (air).

Is your Child Afraid of the Water at Swimming Lessons?

What Should I Do If My Child Cries and Is Afraid at the Pool.

It can be hard to know what to do when your child cries during lessons. A certain amount of crying is ok from time to time and is to be expected from most beginners. The crying can be a natural expression of a new experience in the water and/or separation from you. We actively work with your child to reassure him or her and ease your child’s discomfort.

What Can You Do As A Parent To Help Deter The Crying?

Try to be proactive and prepare your child for this new experience. Explain to your child that he/she will be working with a teacher and meeting new friends while learning how to swim. Explain to your child he/she will learn how to play new games, blow bubbles and float in the water. Assure your child that the teacher will NEVER force him/her to go under water or let go until he/she is fully ready.

If your child is fussing prior to swim lessons, acknowledge that you understand that he/she is afraid. Then tell your child that you know that he/she can do the things that the teacher will be asking him/her to try. Next walk your child out onto the pool deck and hand him/her over to the teacher. Then calmly walk away from the pool side, with a confident expression. (If you look terrified so will your child). Try to avoid having a teacher chase your child or physically pull them off you as this may cause your child to want to protest more. By handing your child over to the teacher you are telling your child that you and they can trust the teacher. That vote of confidence will greatly help the teacher as well.

If your crying child continually looks at you and calls to you, break eye contact or move out of their line of sight. This can easily be accomplished by looking at a magazine or book every time he/she looks at you. By breaking eye contact with your child during lessons, your child will become involved in his/her lesson and the instructor will have his/her full attention. The teacher will address the issue of crying and come up with a positive solution, so your child can conquer his/her fears. Feel free to take a peek at your child without him/her noticing. Keeping a pleasant expression assures your child there is no reason for alarm.

Be sure to share with the instructor if your child has had previous negative experiences in an aquatic environment.

Be persistent and don’t give up! Crying is usually the toughest on the parent. After the first few lessons children usually become comfortable in the class. Delaying or avoiding swimming lessons can make an imagined problem only bigger. Think of learning to swim like wearing a seat belt or a bike helmet. Until you can swim its simple not negotiable. Children don’t have the maturity to understand they are at risk around water. As a parent you need to have the courage and confidence to make learning to swim an important priority.

How long is too long for your child to cry in swim lessons

On average, most children have stopped crying after the third or fourth lesson. At the very least you should notice that the crying is less with each lesson. If not chat with the manager to arrange other options.

What causes fear of the water?

Some of the most common causes of early fear of the water have to do with the way parents relate to their children in and around water. These causes can include:

  • Being forced into water activities before being properly prepared.
  • Being reared by parents who are afraid of the water and have either knowingly or unknowingly communicated this fear to their children.
  • Being involved in or witnessing a traumatic water accident.

Fear of the water is acquired over time. The older a child is when first beginning a learn-to-swim program, the more challenging his or her fear will likely be to overcome.

Remember, learning to swim is a life-saving skill – the best day to start lessons, was yesterday!

 

Agents of Change and Coaching Courage – Swim Teacher

 

 

As a swim teacher and coach it always amazes me the courage that some of our new and young swimmers have when learning to swim. Teachers are continually asking the students to do things they have perhaps never done before and new things as we know, can be scary.

Courage is for me, feeling this fear, having doubts, trusting and doing it anyway. Swim teachers/coaches can be seen as agents of change. And change demands that swimmers are always trying new things. More often that not,trying something new means that failure is part of the deal. There’s a first time for everything. No one gets it right first time every time. But 2 things are for certain: Change is our only constant and our attitude to change makes a big difference.

When a swim teacher introduces a new drill or skill, the swimmers brain processes that new thought. The swimmer at this point can think “I can’t do this” or “I can do this”. The time and energy it takes to think or say either is the same.

Thoughts lead to words and words lead to actions. Therefore, if the process of learning commences with an “I can’t” the chances of failure on one’s first attempt at anything new, are high.

 

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Swim Teacher Tamara, in the pool coaching kids at swim for your life Billinudgel

Teaching/coaching courage is our ability to teach swimmers how to adopt an “I can” attitude to every new piece of learning.

Why Learning to Swim in Winter is Important.

Why Learning to Swim in Winter is Important

Parents and carers are being warned by Royal Life Saving not to opt out of swimming lessons for children during Autumn and Winter as the weather gets cooler. Royal Life Saving CEO Justin Scarr points out figures showing drowning deaths happen all year round, including Autumn and Winter. Justin says it is a common misconception that drowning deaths only occur in Summer. He goes on to state that Winter is in fact the best time of the year to participate. Children are more likely to improve skills and endurance by building on skills already learn’t and may progress quickly to the next stage. Swimming, as regular exercise, strengthens the immune system so children may be less likely to fall ill over the cooler months. Having breaks over winter often results in children’s skills experiencing a plateau or even going backwards.

Maintenance and Reinforcement

Children need to maintain and reinforce existing skills to advance and develop their swimming ability in the water. Months of summer lessons end up “going to waste” as swimmers loose their “feel for the water” both physically and psychologically. Such maintenance and reinforcement is particularly important for infant, toddler and pre-school aged children when long-term skill retention and muscle memory are starting to develop. Swimming has been proven to assist in brain development and, for school-aged children, is regarded as vital for the development of academic performance, as well as co-ordination, motor skills, balance and concentration.

Regression in Confidence and Performance

Six months out of the water across winter’s break can lead to problems such as fear of the water and a decline in performance.Continued participation in swimming lessons across winter is the best way to prevent otherwise unwanted outcomes that may include being scared of the water, worried about the depth of the water, or just feeling uncomfortable in and around water. A failure to attend lessons invariably leads to children being unable to perform at the level they were previously able to and, in turn, to a decline in confidence and performance.
It may be economically more advantageous to swim all-year round than to pay for additional lessons during summer or for extra lessons within a term to compensate for the decline in the child’s swimming development that has occurred over the winter break.

Health Benefits

Higher fitness levels gained through year-round swimming may build stronger immune systems that make a child more resilient to stress and illness. Some parents withdraw their children from swimming lessons when the temperature drops believing it will help avoid illness – it is an old wives’ tale that children who have “wet hair” or who “go out in the cold” get sick. From my observations and experience, children who swim throughout the winter and who may get sick, seem to get over their ailment in a short period of time. Swimming, along with good nutrition, can help your little ones stay fit and healthy during winter. Wearing a swimming cap during the lessons, warm clothing and footwear for after lessons are also good habits for healthy kids during winter.

 

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Swimming Classes Result in Mental Strength

Swimming classes provide  your child the ability to relax as soon as they enter the pool here at swim For Your life.  As  your child begins to learn good consistent technique,  swimming becomes  very meditative, similar to running or other forms of exercise.   Breathing rhythm and mental strength are all a part of what we teach. Having a happy and relaxed kid can be very beneficial for a busy Mum, Dad, Carer or Grandparent. Swimming results in mental strength, fitness and relaxation. Swimming Lessons can provide a  great combination of benefits for a growing child.  Immerse  yourself in the bath in a pool or at the beach, no gravity and a sense of relaxation comes over you, you can let go of your thoughts and free your mind of the daily grind and clutter life can bring.

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New Look at Swim For Your Life

The Swim For Your Life swimming center has had some improvements and it is looking good. The unseen improvements include replacing the cartridge filters with bigger sand filters and automating the salt chlorination system for both pools. We have 2 car spaces for the sole use of Swim For Your Life parents close to the office and we also have a tumble turn wall. The improvements I am most excited about however is the marine carpet which has been laid and the coat of paint the outside of the center received lately. The place is looking great! Of course this does not change the way we teach and encourage our students and business is back to normal Monday 25th January with our first classes recommencing. Don’t forget Tuesday is a public holiday and that means the center is closed.

Coco, Tamara and myself have just completed 3 weeks of week-long intensive swim programs. We saw some great results and “fast-tracking” for all students. I enjoyed the week of stroke development Swim For Your Life ran at Mullumbimby pool. The students are all preparing for their school carnivals and improved each stroke with starts, turns and finishes.

Another NEW LOOK item is swimming caps with the Swim For Your Life logo on them now for sale at the center. It will become a policy that all children learning to swim at the center will wear a swimming cap. This will align us will the Workplace Health and Safety policy and Duty of Care policy for staff and participants.

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Why Swim Intensives Benefit Your Child

Why Swim Intensives Benefit Your child

As your child develops his or her swimming technique they have the opportunity to “fast track” by participating in a Swim Intensive at Swim For Your Life.

Swim Intensives Benefits.

Your child’s swimming technique is monitored, assessed and put under the microscope.

They will receive a structured lesson each day.

Their skills are enhanced.

Your child is given swim safety awareness.

They will have the opportunity to practice on a daily basis all the skills they are learning.

Their swimming skills are improved and maintained throughout the week.

Your child gets the advantage of working on the little things that in a normal class rarely get dedicated attention.

The progress they have made in the previous term is built upon.

Your child gets the “correction” that is needed in a gentle and reassuring way

Swim Intensive are fun and  provide those extra results with qualified praise and feedback

 

Swim Intensives at Billinudgel

Swim Intensives at Billinudgel

 

 

 

Floaties and Flippers

So Christmas is upon us! And I say…….YAAAAHHHOOO!. With the holidays here there will be lots of swimming. I hope those children who have been religiously attending their swim lessons will be practicing their swimming in the public pools, the lakes, the ocean, their paddle pools, their bathtubs and even in their dreams.

Sometimes when we want to relax ourselves around water which our children are in, we put a floatation device on their arms, around their waist or on their chest. If you want to give them a floatation device, grab a noodle only. However you will of course still need to supervise your floating child.

Swimming Instructors work so hard to encourage your child to swim. You would be doing your child and us a disservice by putting a floatation device on them. They may end up with a false sense of security or worse still, a loss of confidence when they do return to their lessons. The Instructor will have to potentially start again in the quest to build confidence and swimming ability.

Flippers are a great Christmas present for children who have a certain competence in the water. Flippers encourage momentum which in term gives the child an awareness of how freestyle, backstroke and butterfly should feel with a bit of speed. Flippers are not recommended for breastroke. Flippers also encourage a strong kick in the same 3 strokes. Childrens legs will gain some strength by using flippers and they are great when snorkeling!

Enjoy the holidays, floating with noodles and watching your children continue to love the water.

Floaties and Flippers at Swim For Your life Bilinudgel

Floaties and Flippers at Swim For Your life Billinudgel

 

 

Why Caps and Goggles?

When I was a competitive swimmer, we had no such luxuries such as caps and goggles.  We got use to blood shot eyes stinging with the chlorine and no amount of Murine would ease the pain. And our hair which went a greenish color was a badge of honor. A true testament to the hours spent in a heavily chlorinated pool. Thankfully those days are no longer with us. Pool water is not heavily chlorinated and is more often than not, salt water. So, are caps and goggles a fashion statement now or tools of the swimming trade?

As a swimming instructor and coach I suggest they are necessary tools of the trade. When children are taught to use them properly they allow the child to concentrate on the task at hand….learning to swim. No longer is their hair in their eyes, nor do they complain they cannot see the submerged toy. More importantly, caps and goggles assist the child to roll their head to breath and remain in a streamlined position. There are minimal heads being lifted rather than rolled to the side to breath. Also there is reduced ‘head tossing’ when breathing to the side. ‘Head tossing’ comes from those children with longer hair who are flicking the hair out of their face when trying to breath. Nervous children can see under the water which can at times distract them from their nervousness. The younger ones realise that with goggles on they can ‘take their eyes for a swim’ which can lead to blowing bubbles and submerging the head.

However, caps and goggles must be worn correctly. If a child places the goggles over the cap line, the goggles can leak. If hair is caught in the goggles they can leak. Caps can fall off or be uncomfortable if put on incorrectly.

At Swim For Your Life, we spend time throughout the term ensuring the children have part of their swimming lessons without goggles on. We believe they need to get use to not wearing goggles as well. Let’s face it, most children who get into trouble around water, are not wearing goggles!

We would be more than happy to show you a relatively pain-free way to put your child’s swimming cap on. Next lesson, please ask!

 

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