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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Term 4 and There’s So Much More!

What a successful term 3 we have just had!! It never ceases to amaze me what our children can to be taught. The students have been engaging, listening to every instruction, watching and learning and we are so proud of them.
Term 4 is about to kick off and with the weather warming up, learning to swim is becoming a priority for some people. Bookings at Swim For Your Life are still being accepted and we would be honored to teach your child/ren a most valuable skill. Learning to swim need not be daunting with us, nor stressful or difficult. We have fun along the way but never forget the seriousness of what we do and want to achieve for our students.
Looking forward to many more bubbles, splashes, kicks, big arms, flippers, backstroke, dolphin kick, breaststroke, butterfly, tumbles and turns.

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WHAT TO BRING AND WEAR TO YOUR SWIMMING LESSON

Firstly, Swim For Your Life appreciates that a swimming lesson is a team event. Without mums and dads being the taxi service, counselor, motivator, organizer of clothing and food and peace-keeper between siblings whilst driving to a lesson, we the Instructors could never do our job well. We love this job and we thank you for your part in it!

BEFORE

We have seen children arrive for their lessons in their PJ’s, a favourite Super Hero outfit (which can prove difficult to remove) and also floaties, back bubble, snorkel mask and late note. Some are finishing their lunch and some are dreaming about the person they sat next to in class.

It is good to:

Arrive 5 minutes early.
Arrive knowing they are about to have a swimming lesson.
Be dressed warmly if in winter but ALWAYS wear something on your feet.
Have eaten at least 1 hour before your swim lesson.
Have swimmer bag at the ready.

DURING

It is our preference that children are dressed ‘ready for swimming success’. They have their swimmers on prior to commencement of their lesson, which could be board shorts but best if it is a pair of speedos (for the boys) or one piece swimmers (for the girls). Goggles, cap and if the class is longer than 30 minutes, a small water bottle could be handy. Rashie is optional. A toilet stop is recommended.

If your child is not toilet trained, a swimmers nappie is a must.

AFTER

A towel is a must…..but is the one item most forgotten. PLEASE ensure your child leaves our swim school dressed appropriately for the season. Dry, warm, with head and feet covered in winter, boardies, singlet and thongs in the summer. A snack is always a good option for après swimming and we recommend a banana or other fruit they love.

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