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Kick Start Swimming Program

Swimming Lessons
Glides is a very important class as the skills taught in this class such as immersion skills and basic Freestyle and Backstroke kicking form the building blocks for the skills taught in the classes which follow. It is crucial that we get your child to feel happy and confident in the water and attempting these skills so that we can get them steadily moving through our program. The Glides class is often the first time children have had a swimming lesson or have entered the water without a parent. The first step is to build trust and confidence and this can take time when the swimmers are coming for 30 mins once a week. In order to fast track this phase we are offer the KICK START Program. Children will receive 2 lessons per week for the regular monthly price. The “Kick Start Program” is not compulsory but highly recommended. We encourage when you book your second lesson with a different instructor as we have found that it is best for children to get use to swimming with different instructors. Our program remains the same regardless of who the child’s instructor is. However, the personality of an instructor or the way they may explain something can make all the difference to a child mastering a particular skill. It may just ‘click’ for them when it is delivered differently. We understand that children are sometimes unable to make their lesson. Make up lessons are available on your first booking. We are confident that by taking part in the “Kick Start Program” your “Glide” swimmer will settle more quickly into the aquatic environment, and you will see the educational benefits of intensive learning, as your child has the opportunity to practice these skills. The boost to their confidence at this early stage of their aquatic education cannot be underestimated as it sets the tone for their progression through our program.
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Submerging is an essential swimming skill

Swimming Lessons
Submerging your baby can be a very confronting thing to do, and babies will do it in their own time. If a baby learns to respect and not fear the water, and is confident with their parent in the water, then the skill of submerging will be one they thoroughly enjoy. Why do we need babies to be confident with submerging? It is important that babies feel happy going under the water because if they fall into a pool, or slip over in the bath they are less likely to panic. Submerging also allows the baby to fully enjoy different aquatic environments including swimming lessons, the backyard pool, the beach, river, paddle pool or bathtub. By teaching babies to put their face in the water we can teach them to blow bubbles. Blowing bubbles is not just a fun thing for babies to do but it provides them with the foundation for when they start learning the breathing technique for freestyle. And this comes around a lot faster than we think!! Submerging also allows the skill of front floating possible. If a baby is not happy with their head in the water then forming that horizontal body position for floating is difficult. Floating on their front is important because this is the beginning part of teaching a glide, torpedo and eventually full freestyle. Submerging is one of the essential building blocks in learning to swim. Submerging will allow the swimmer to learn and master all the strokes. The State Swim way of submerging: We never force your baby to go under the water or push them into the pool. They will do it in their own time. We ensure that submerging is fun and we do it through games and rhymes. We have lots of different ways of submerging, as one way may work for one baby and not for another, and the age of the baby needs to be considered too. Before a baby attempts the skill of submerging, they need to be confident with having water splashed on their face and water gently poured over their heads. For the younger babies we instruct parents to gently blow in their child’s face before they put them under the water. By doing this, the baby takes a quick breath in which stops them from swallowing water when they go under.
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Swimming and Asthma

Swimming Education
Swimming and Asthma To all Parents and Team Members, Does your child have asthma, and is this stopping you from booking them into swimming lessons? Asthma is a common chronic condition of the airways, 1 in 10 Australians are affected by asthma. 1 There are many different triggers of asthma including viral respiratory infections (colds), exercise induced asthma, exposure to specific allergens (mites, pollens, mould spores, pets and animals), environmental irritants (tobacco smoke, cold and dry air), dietary triggers (food, chemicals/additives), medicines (aspirin and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) and occupational exposure (dust and fumes). 2 However, asthma is a very manageable condition and in consultation with your family doctor and the right asthma care plan there is no reason why your child’s asthma should get in the way of them learning to swim. A review of the available evidence on swimming and asthma suggests that swimming induces less severe bronchoconstriction than other sports. It is believed that the “high humidity of inspired air at water level reduces respiratory heat loss.” Research also suggests that water immersion and the horizontal position of swimming is beneficial for asthmatics. 3 At State Swim our pools are heated to a comfortable 32 degrees and our air temperature is heated in the cooler months. The warm, humid environment inside our pool area makes breathing conditions more comfortable for asthma sufferers. Some parents also fear that the pool environment may make their child’s asthma worse. At State Swim all of our schools are equipped with state of the art and environmentally friendly water purifications systems that result in fresher and cleaner water without the over powering smell of chlorine. This modern water treatment technology includes an Ultra Violet (UV) light system, which significantly reduces the amount of chloramines from the pool water, providing a better environment for asthmatics. We also have trained pool maintenance staff whose job it is to ensure our water quality is of the highest standards. They ensure the correct pool chemistry balance is maintained minimising any possible irritants to your child’s lungs. If your child suffers from asthma remember to have your child’s inhaler such as salbutamol (Ventolin) with you at their swimming lesson, and in the cooler months have warm clothes for them to change into after their lesson. Please feel free to contact your nearest school if you have any questions or to learn more about our learn to swim program.     Kind regards, Christian Urry Managing Director    
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State Swim's Make Up Policy

Swimming Education
To all Parents and Team Members, All State Swim Schools across Australia offer a learn to swim program, which runs all year round, with swimmers being able to start at any time during the month. Students can continue swimming throughout the school holidays allowing continuity and progression through the levels. It also means that parents don’t have to book their children back in at the beginning of every term. Once you have made a booking for a particular day and time that lesson slot remains yours until you inform us otherwise. Our year round program has the added benefit that we can offer our swimmers with a ‘make up lesson.’ (The make up lesson is issued to the child who cannot make their lesson, it can be used as an extra lesson in any month that you have already booked in and has an expiry of three months). This means that if you are unable to attend your normal day and time due to sickness, holidays or for unexpected things which sometimes come up during the week, all you need to do is inform your school that you are unable to attend and organise a make up lesson convenient to you. Customers can also SMS, email or login to Account Management to inform us of not being able to attend. If you login to Account Management to inform us of not attending a lesson, a make up lesson is automatically added to the swimmer’s account, and a make up lesson can also be scheduled online at the same time. Customers often find that during the week it is difficult to schedule a make up lesson, with make up lessons accumulating. If this is the case, our SWIMVAC Program, which runs every school holidays, is a perfect opportunity to use these make up lessons. SWIMVAC is beneficial to swimmers as it gives them the opportunity for some intensive lessons to either work on skills they are having difficulty with or it gives them the chance to try and move up to the next class. The flexibility within our program, whereby we offer make up lessons sets us apart from many other swimming schools who either limit the number of make up lessons you can use or do not offer make up lessons at all. Our make up lesson policy encourages swimmers to attend regular lessons, ensures their continual development of skills and steady progression through our classes. To find out more about State Swim’s learn to swim program or our ‘make up lesson’ policy please call your nearest centre for more information. Kind Regards,  Christian Urry Managing Director      
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Did you know State Swim offers facility hire?

Swimming Education
State Swim swimming schools have been providing the best in aquatic education to Australian children for over 40 years. Our dedicated programs include our “Swim and Play,” “400 Gold,” and our “Health and Sport” program which provide swimmers of all ages and abilities with the opportunity to learn to swim under a unique program, in state of the art facilities. But did you know our facilities are also available for hire? We offer our program and facilities to local schools for their compulsory in-term swimming lessons. There are many benefits to using our facilities: Less distraction for swimmers from the general public, soul use of the facilities Our pools are indoors and heated to a comfortable 32 degrees Plenty of room for parents and teachers alike to watch lessons Full change room and shower facilities with ample on-site parking We also hire our facilities to schools for other requirements such as training for up-coming school or inter-school carnivals, with our friendly staff happy to discuss and organise times suitable for this training. Physiotherapists and other health care professionals also hire our facilities to offer their patients/clients with their rehabilitation needs or exercise programs for various injuries or illness. Again, the amount of space required and times can be discussed with our friendly staff. Please feel free to contact your nearest school for more information or to discuss future facility hire.  
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