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Swim for Telethon!

Announcements
At State Swim, we know that the children of today are the leaders, innovators and healers of tomorrow, and we want to help give them the best childhood they can possibly have. However, for some children - both here in WA and around the world - childhood illness can impact their quality of life and the time they get to spend just being a kid. We want to help change that - which is why, for the second year now, we're fundraising for Telethon. From Monday 8th - Friday 19th October, State Swim will be offering reduced-fee Swim for Telethon swimming lessons. Available to both new and existing swimmers, the full $15 fee from each lesson will be donated straight to Telethon, to help them support sick kids in need. In 2017, the event's inaugural year, State Swim swimmers clocked up an incredible 35,000m in the pool and raised almost $5000 through Swim for Telethon swimming lessons. We're so proud of what our State Swim community achieved last year - but this year, we want to do even better! How can you help? Book your reduced-fee $15 Swim for Telethon lesson* with State Swim now! Tell your friends and family and encourage them to take part too - no ongoing commitment is required for these casual lessons! If you can't make an additional lesson, you can now donate at the front desk of every State Swim swimming school during the promotion period. Book your State Swim Swim for Telethon swimming lesson today and be a part of something bigger. Bookings are available online, or contact us for more information.  * T&Cs apply. See here for more details.
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Why is our Glides class so important?

Swimming Lessons
Glides is the FIRST class of eight classes in the State Swim ‘400 GOLD’ –LEARN TO SWIM PROGRAM. This is an exciting time for young children as they have either completed our “Swim and Play” program (Infant and Toddler Aquatic Program) and are entering into our “400 Gold” - learn to swim program, or they are having their first swimming lesson in Glides at State Swim. The “Glides” class is fundamental because it is often the first time children have had a swimming lesson or have entered the water without a parent. The first step in this class is to build trust and confidence. Glides is also 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 fundamental skills so that we can get them steadily moving through our classes. In Glides, swimmers will be spending a lot more time in a horizontal position with their face in the water, and this may require some time for them to get used to. As parents, you can help your child with this transition. You don’t need a pool at home. Here are some suggestions to help your child: With your child wearing their goggles get them to practice putting their face in the water in the bath. You can encourage them to do this by placing objects in the water they can look for, or even counting aloud and seeing how long they can keep their face in the water. Children love the challenge and they will want to try and beat their time!! Teach your child to blow soft bubbles in the water using a straw and then get them to practice those soft bubbles with their face in the water without the straw. In the bath, you can also get your child to practice floating on their back with their ears in the water. You can use your hand to support the back of their neck if they are anxious. Also, while on their back get them to practice kicking. They need to have small, fast kicks with only their toes breaking the surface, not their knees. Your child can practice their freestyle kick by lying on a bed or across a chair. They need to keep their legs relaxed and have nice loose ankles. Encourage your child slowly. As your child becomes more confident you will find that he/she will happily attempt these activities. Be patient and always be positive with your child’s efforts. Our on deck supervisors are always happy to answer any questions you have about the Glides class and your child’s progress.
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