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Why do we start so young?

Swimming Lessons
Hi Everyone, You may ask the question, why is it so essential to start your child's aquatic education at a young age? The State Swim Program is delivered in three stages:1. Swim' n' Play Program (6 months - 4 years)2. 400 Gold Program (4 years +)3. Health and Sport Program (Squad Coaching Program) Each of the three stages prepares the swimmer for the next stage. Classes are made of logical progressions that continuously challenge and reward swimmers through strengthening the skills already learnt while introducing new and more challenging skills. This month we will focus on the Swim' n' Play Program. This stage is about the joy of swimming. It is a deep water survival skill program aimed at making our youngest children safe in the water. It is a precursor to joining the 400 Gold Program where the technical strokes are taught. While swimming lessons for babies and toddlers will assist in addressing the safety issues, there are many more benefits such as: Respect for the water: The child will not be fearful or panic in the water. The class will show them that water is enjoyable and fun. It aims to reduce any anxiety the child may experience in other water-based activities such as washing their hair Develops coordination and strength: Using underarm crawl and kicking legs helps develop the child's coordination. It also increases their strength and muscular functions. Builds bonds: Parents, grandparents, aunties, uncles, guardians and friends can participate in the class, facilitating bonding between them and the child. Acceptance of the water: Babies accept the water more readily than a younger child which will make the transition to the 400 Gold Program easier Fear of the water: The longer the child is kept away from the water, the higher the fear can become. Refine Strokes: It gives children a head start to learning how to swim. It gives the rudimental swimming skill such as body position and introduces breathing techniques. Exercise: It's a healthy activity and improves the cardiovascular system. Water-resistance means the child is exercising more through the water. Build Confidence: It will create a child who is comfortable and confident in an aquatic environment. Decrease separation anxiety: As children progress through our programs, they will be happy and comfortable to swim independently, which will decrease separation anxiety when they are in the water with an Instructor and without a parent. Breath control: Introduces the ability to control their breath when they submerge. Breath control is a crucial skill in learning to swim. Learning to swim at any age is beneficial, but keep in mind at all times, no matter the age of your child, adult supervision is vital in ensuring a safe aquatic environment. I hope you find this information useful. Thank you Renee Moran (Operations Manager State Swim East Fremantle)  
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The Theory Of Learning

Swimming Education
Learning new skills can be very challenging, but at the same time, most rewarding. With a skill as important as learning to swim, we continuously innovate to keep our students engaged so that they achieve the desired results. These points will provide some insight into this area. Learning is a process that takes place over time. That’s why learning to swim should become a part of our children’s ongoing education. Swimming is a skill which requires focused learning and practising. The environment enhances learning. The pool environment needs to be comfortable, nurturing and encouraging. Hence, our water and air temperature are always lovely and warm for the children. This allows our children to learn all year round, no matter what the weather is like outside. People learn in different ways; some process information by listening, some by watching and some need a more practical approach. We have found that using a combination of methods meets everyone’s needs. Learning is best achieved by breaking a skill down into bite-sized pieces. At State Swim, we have a progressive system where the next skill is only taught after the foundation skill has been grasped. Progression achievements are rewarded with certificates to mark children’s accomplishments, and they officially pronounce their readiness for learning the next skill. We ring the bell to announce a swimmer’s progression to the next level and encourage others to do the same. Children learn from each other, which is why we have small class sizes. It is better for children to observe others attempting the same skills rather than being in a class by themselves; hence, group lessons are more beneficial. Our Supervisors and Swim School Managers are available at any time to discuss your child’s progress. I hope you find this information useful. Christian Urry Managing Director State Swim Systems
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