Our learn to swim school incorporates every class type for young children, from Mums and Bubs classes through to mini squads.
Designed especially for teaching swimming to young children, our indoor pool is heated to approximately 31º C for year round swimming comfort. Along with a parent viewing area and heated change facilities, our swim school provides an excellent learn to swim environment which is second to none.
Located conveniently alongside our Long Day Care Service, families have the option of taking their child to swimming lessons, or having their child taken to swimming lessons as part of their care day with us*. Our pool is also open for swimming lessons to the public, creating what we know as a family friendly community asset for Hope Island and surrounding areas.
*May attract additional fees.
Why are swimming lessons important for my child?
Swimming is one of the best ways to cool off in the summer heat. It is also great for your child's health, well-being and confidence and it teaches them a respect for the water. Swimming and water familiarisation is a fundamental skill that can help parents and children enjoy the Australian outdoor lifestyle.
When it comes to water and children, there are some important things to remember. Children around any form of water, from a bath to a swimming pool, must be supervised and within arm's reach at all times. The Royal Life Saving Society Australia drowning report (2012), identified that of the 284 reported drowning deaths, 21 were children aged 0-4 years, highlighting the need now, more than ever, to get your child started in learning this life saving skill.
So when can my toddler start learning to swim?
The Australian Council for the Teaching of Swimming and Water Safety (AUSTSWIM) recommend infants from six months of age should participate in aquatic activity programs. Infants less than 6 months may not be physically or developmentally ready for any formal aquatic programs, but water familiarity can start at home with some fun play time in the bath.
Swim School Programmes
As with anything you pay for, you want to ensure that your child gets the most out of their lesson time. It is important to make sure that they are booked into a class with activities that correlate to your child's development, age and ability.
AUSTSWIM recommends looking for infant and preschool programs that offer activities for the following:
- Water familiarisation.
- Personal water safety.
- Water safety education
- Skill learning.
- Social interaction.
- Parent education.
Further information regarding our Swim School will be made available early in the new year.