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Floaties in the Kindy Class

Swimming Lessons
Floaties in Kindergarten Our popular Kindergarten program provides swimming lessons for children from the age of 2 ½ to 4 years of age. Our lessons are delivered to children in a nurturing, patient and fun environment. We do this through offering small class sizes (max of 4) and a program designed to still be engaging whilst teaching deep-water survival skills and skills development. You will notice that when your child has lessons in the Kindergarten class that they will all be given “arm floats” to wear. We are often asked why do we use “arm floats” instead of other forms of floaties? And why does my child need to wear floaties when they can swim without them? We choose to use “arm floats” for our Kindergarten swimmers because they allow for maximum amount of body movement for the swimmer. Some other floatation devices such as ones placed around their middle or on their backs can limit movement and make the swimmer unbalanced in the water. Also, “arm floats” provide the added benefit of being able to let out as little or as much air from the device as the swimmer requires. For example, when your child firsts starts they may need the full amount of air in their floaties. However, as they become stronger the air can be removed from the floaties, and this can also be done often without the child realising they have less air in them. When children become stronger and more confident in the Kindergarten class parents want to know why they need to be wearing floaties at all. They will obviously be spending more time with their floaties removed or with little air in them. However, there are times when the swimmers will be holding on to the bar and waiting for their turn, and for safety reasons it is important for them to have their floaties on in case they let go of the bar or after they have done a swim without floaties they are often tied so it is important that whilst they are resting they have their floaties on. Our dedicated instructors and supervising staff are always happy to help with any questions you have about the use of floaties or the Kindergarten class.    
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Well done to all who competed

Our Swimmers
Below is the list of our Champions and Runner Up Champions from Saturday 11th November with Craigieburn and Caroline Springs. 8 & Under Female   R/U       Marley Nathan               Champ   Jennilyn Magtaias  Male      R/U        Mitchell Neiwan                Champ   Tomas Rutkowski 9 Years Female    R/U        Jaxyn Hall                 Champ   Yi-Jen Hsu Male        R/U         Lucien Pineda                 Champ    Peter Berens 10 Years Female    R/U          Alana O'Rourke                                Hayley Chivilo                 Champ    Kaytlin Tesoriero Male        R/U          Jaken Sorace                                 Nathan Fernando                 Champ     Joaquin Santos 11/12 years Female     R/U         Emily Rutkowski                  Champ    Kate Ma Male         R/U          Ryan Attard                  Champ    Kevin Akengbowa                                  Riley O'Rourke 13/14 Years Female     R/U          Bianca Recidocruz                  Champ     Caitlin Travers Male         R/U           Connor Matzkows                                   Prabhsimran Varaich                  Champ     Charles Lalin           15 & Over Female     R/U            Sophia Lalin                  Champ       Jacky Hua Male          Champ      Hayden Davey
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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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