Are all of your staff qualified in the appropriate areas that they teach? All members of our staff are at a minimum AUSTSWIM trained and qualified as teachers of swimming and water safety. They also hold qualifications in the other areas that they teach in e.g., Infant, Disability, Adult and Coaching.
They are kept up to date with current trends through in-house training and conferences. Debbie is an AUSTSWIM Presenter in Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety, Infant, Disability, Adult and Competitive Strokes.
We regularly present courses at GAC and in Australia and overseas in Asia and the Middle East and have presented at both state and national conferences on a wide variety of topics.
Do your teachers teach in, or out of the water? Our teachers are in the water teaching up until level 5 where swimmers are able to swim Freestyle, Backstroke and Breaststroke with correct technique over a distance of at least 100 metres for each stroke. At this level, they may choose to continue with levels or go into a squad.
We believe that up until this level children need a hands-on approach to develop their confidence and stroke technique. How can children learn to float on their backs confidently with a teacher out of the water?
How long will it take my child to learn to swim? How long is a piece of string?
Every child is different and develops at a different rate. They will eventually develop the same skills. Their ability and time to learn to swim will depend on a variety of variables eg: do they have on- going lessons, their coordination, their willingness to learn, fear, parent expectations and much more.
Children will also plateau at times in their swimming education where you may feel they are not learning. This is a time of consolidation and they are in fact still learning and should not be taken out of the program, as having breaks over the winter terms will slow down their progress. They will develop at a rate when they are ready.
How and when are the children assessed? Assessment is an on-going process throughout the term. This is done by the teachers and the Deck Supervisor. Children may be moved to an appropriate group during the term if necessary after consultation with parents.
At what age is my child able to go into a lesson without me? As a rule, swimmers remain in a toddler class with an adult until they turn three where they are usually socially able to listen and take turns in a small class with only a teacher. If they are not ready at this age, they may go into a Pre-School 3-4-year-old class with a parent in the water.
These classes are very popular as children are constantly on the move, practising skills and therefore progressing at a quicker rate.
Classes are run in a more formal format, depending on the level of ability.
We believe that children learn best with love and patience. It is better to teach slowly and well, ensuring that they consolidate a skill before they move onto the next one.
Do you teach with flotation aids such as floaties and back packs? We believe that if children learn to depend on flotation aids in their lessons, they will only have to re-learn when they are removed. Unfortunately, they can give children and parents a false sense of security and their swimming ability.
We may, however use these for a particular purpose if necessary, if a child is struggling with technique or body position.
Do you insist that children wear goggles and caps? Once a child has gone into a class on their own they are required to wear a cap. This not only keeps our water cleaner, but keeps hair out of the child’s face. Whilst goggles are not compulsory, most children wear them especially if they have sensitive eyes, or are afraid to put their face in the water.
They are encouraged to remove their goggles at times during the lesson.
What happens if my child is sick? If you contact the centre when your child is sick you will be eligible for a family swim voucher which may be used during the term on a Friday from 5:30pm-7:00pm, or during the term break Monday to Friday from 1-4pm.