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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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Our dedicated team is our best asset

Our Team
Undoubtedly our best asset and our main strength is our team of dedicated swimming instructors, coaches, supervisors, customer service, hygiene and maintenance and management people. Over the years we have developed a strategy of attracting dedicated team members who love working with children and will give their best attention in teaching your children to swim. Our team members are all fully qualified to deliver in the area in which they are working. We are affiliated with Active Training, a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) who specialise in delivering aquatic training to the aquatic education industry. Our Instructors all hold either the Active Training Swimming Instructor qualification, the Austswim Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety qualification, or any other nationally recognised aquatic education qualification. Many of our management staff are also swimming instructor trainers who deliver these courses to new instructors via Active Training, and combined we have one of the most experienced workforces in the aquatic education industry. All of our staff are also first aid trained and have the necessary clearances to work with children. Our customer service and supervising team are always there to assist you with any queries you may have about your children’s progress. State Swim Swimming Schools also have the support of an administration office that ensures that all details of our business are continually being improved. Our team looks forward to making your State Swim experience an enjoyable one while your family learns the essential skills of learning to swim – an asset for life.
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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 tired 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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