FAQ

SEMESTERS

Do swimming lessons operate as per the Victorian school term?

Each swim school term runs concurrent with the Victorian public school term.

SWIM PROGRAM

What criteria is used to develop your swim program?

Our classes are based on The Royal Lifesaving Swim and Survive methodology.

Royal Life Saving is Australia’s leading water safety educator and has been around for 120 years – a non-for-profit, volunteer, community-based organisation nationwide. Royal Life Saving is committed to providing innovative and reliable evidence-based information, and a range of quality programs, products and services.

Skills and knowledge we teach in the Swim and Survive programs provide our swim school students with strong foundations in swimming, survival and basic rescue skills.

TEACHERS

What qualifications do the teachers hold?

All Super Swim teachers hold:

  • A nationally recognised swim teacher qualification (AUSTSWIM or ASCTA).
  • A CPR qualification.
  • Working with Child.
  • Our teachers who conduct the Wonder and Courage swim classes hold an extension qualification in infant aquatics.
  • Ongoing in-house training to assist with their professional development and knowledge.

CLASS SIZE

What teacher to child ratio can I expect in the classes?

Wonder: Parent child base classes 1:8
Courage: Pre-school aquatics 1:4
Active: School Age Level D1 – LD2 1:5
Active: Level 2 – 5 1:6
Active: 6 & 7 1:8
Adult: 1:5

FIRST TIME

What should I expect when I attend for the first time?

  • Classes commence on time. The teacher has your child’s details on their class list.
  • All children need to pack bathers, towel and goggles (optional).
  • Children attending parent & child swim classes or children who are not toilet trained must wear an aqua nappy in the water. These can also be purchased at the front desk.
  • For the first swimming lesson, aim to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled class time to allow for you and your child to become accustomed to the environment.
  • Feel free to let your teacher know of any concerns your child may have, but please be aware that the teacher has limited time to liaise with parents. If you have any concerns throughout your journey at Super Swim School please speak with the Swim School Manager at any stage.

STRUCTURE

What duration are swimming lessons conducted over?

Our swim school classes are for 30 mins.

Lessons are booked on a term basis.

MILESTONES

How long will it take my child to learn to swim?

Every child is different and this varies according to a child’s temperament, concentration, coordination, fears and past exposure to water. However encouragement, practice and exposure are key to learning.

TIPS

What can I do to help my child become a better swimmer?

Give your children the opportunity to practice without losing momentum year round. This is paramount in their retention of skills. The more children practice correctly the better they become. Take your children to our holiday fun days, to friends’ pools, public pools and take advantage of our school holiday  swim intensive programs which run Monday – Friday for  5 consecutive days – they’ll progress in leaps and bounds.

Take note of the feedback the teacher gives and think about exercises you can encourage your child to practise at home  eg long kick legs whilst sitting on the couch, swimming arms whilst sitting up in bed, blowing in the water at bath time.

INTENSIVE PROGRAM

Do you offer swim intensive programs over the school holidays?

Yes we do!!! Swim Intensive programs are a great opportunity for fast progression. The repetition over consecutive days enables children to retain information and improve skills to assist with their swimming progression. Book in at reception and give your kids the advantage –  distinct progress in a short period of time.

STARTING AGE

At what age can my child start swimming lessons?

At Super Swim School we start babies from 6 months of age. There are many benefits with starting your child swimming tuition from a young age.

The benefits include: Provides children with structure, develops coordination and strength, promotes bonding, great for physical and mental health, teaches learning skills, provides confidence in the water, and teaches water safety skills.

Parents are required to be in the water until children are 3 years of age.

RELUCTANCE

What happens if my child does not want to participate?

Some children may be reluctant and for various reasons. But talking themselves out of essential skills will be a disadvantage in the long run and shouldn’t be an option when they have patient and experienced teachers and encouraging parents. As adults we know that water safety is imperative and that swimming is a valuable life skill so it is our responsibility to encourage a positive attitude towards swimming. The less time they spend in the pool the more of an aversion they may build, conversely the sooner their familiarity grows the sooner they will derive enjoyment from water fun.

Encourage your child to attend their swimming lessons unless unwell. Swimming is a great developmental milestone which offers your child the opportunity to feel proud of their progress and grow in confidence, moving through fear and into mastery. If your child cries throughout their class, know that our teachers are qualified and experienced to deal with these situations and pride themselves on coaching each child individually in a nurturing and fun way.  Children need to be reassured and to have regular contact to build trust with their teacher.  It may take a little longer to reacquaint your child with water in a non-threatening way – please do not give up and get them out of the water. Often a child’s breakdown comes right before a breakthrough. We believe that every child deserves to experience the moment when their fears disappear and they gain belief in their swimming ability.

WINTER

Should I continue swimming throughout the winter months?

Children who stop swimming lessons over winter tend to forget a lot of their swimming skills and therefore, take a lot longer to learn how to swim compared to children who continue swimming lessons throughout winter. This is particularly true in children who are under 7 years of age, as their long term skill retention and muscle memory are just starting to develop. Continuing swimming lessons through winter will ensure all the time and money you have invested into your child’s swimming lessons is not wasted over the winter months.

GOGGLES

Does my child need to wear goggles?

Goggles are not a necessity. However they may help if children have sensitive or sore eyes. With goggles it is important that children do not become reliant on them. During water safety week children are taught to swim without goggles. It is important that children learn to swim without goggles for safety reasons e.g. if they fall in

MISSED CLASSES

What happens if I miss a class?

If we have another spot available in the same level, you are welcome to join in. To arrange a make-up class please call the Super Swim School Team on 9789 3566 prior to your missed lesson. (All bookings are subject to two make up classes per term).

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