Choosing a Swim School
To assist you in finding the right Swim School for your child, we have come up with some handy hints.
- Friendly and Approachable
The Swim School will have a warm, welcoming atmosphere and the staff will strive to meet your family’s needs, answer your questions and address your concerns.
- Well Maintained, Clean Pool and Facilities
Regular maintenance and cleaning programs should be adopted in accordance with health regulations. Swim Schools are required to check the water quality at regular intervals.
- Qualified Staff
Swim School staff must have valid teaching qualifications appropriate for the students that they are teaching. Swimming and water safety teachers must also hold a current Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation certification.
- Skills and Lesson Activities should be appropriate for your child’s age, development, ability and should be taught in a progressive manner. Children may be encouraged to try a new activity, but should never be placed under stress during a lesson. Children need to repeat skills many times to learn and remember them, particularly if the skill is new.
- Water Safety Skills
Essential in a quality program are water safety, survival and basic rescue skills each lesson, while acknowledging that swimming lessons alone will not make your child ‘water safe’. Parents and carers will be educated about the importance of active supervision in drowning prevention.
- Operational Policies and Procedures
Swim Schools should have policies and procedures to ensure they adopt and maintain legislation and standards, codes of practice and guidelines that govern their operation.
- Opportunities to practice newly acquired skills are often provided through safe water play and games. Swimming lessons should be fun and your child should be encouraged to try new activities to help reinforce new aquatic skills.
- The swimming program should provide a pathway of learning for gradual skill progression for each of the key life stages. For example, the Swim and Survive program provides child focused swimming and water safety education for children aged 6 months to 14 years.
Your child’s safety is paramount. Swimming and water safety teachers are responsible for actively supervising all participants throughout the lesson, establishing safety rules, obtaining medical information and being familiar with the venue’s emergency procedures.
Swim School’s should have a system in place to reward your child’s achievement as they progress from one award to the next. Certificates and logbooks are good examples of rewards that motivate each child in the lesson to try their very best.
THE SWIM AND SURVIVE POINT OF DIFFERENCE
Learning to swim, swimming lessons and infant aquatics are all terms commonly used across the industry for programs that seek to build swimming skills. Swim and Survive is all of these, but most importantly, it ensures that the essential components of personal survival and water safety are provided, in addition to a process of developing strong and effective swimming technique.