National Drowning Report 2015
According to the National Drowning Report 2015, 10% of the total drowning deaths were children aged 0-4 years. This is a 30% rise in the space of a single year! To help combat these frightening statistics this program has been developed and it rolling out nationwide.
Benefits of Swim Safer Infants:
The inherent risk of water strategies for prevention of drowning.
The adult role in supervising and monitoring the safety of children in and around water.
Benefits of a Water-based Themed Program:
Buoyancy: water counteracts gravity and helps to support the weight of the child or mother in a controlled fashion as the infant or mother is immersed. This can aid the development of improved balance and strength. The buoyancy of water also permits a greater range of positions due to the virtual elimination of gravitational forces, particularly for movement that require raising the legs.
Viscosity: water provides resistance by means of gentle friction, allowing strengthening and conditioning of muscles.
Hydrostatic Pressure: this pressure effect aids in improving muscle and blood flow.
Classes run 7 days per week during the mornings (subject to availability), with child minding available from 9am-12pm weekly.
Water orientation and water safety lessons are beneficial for every infant. Infants benefit tremendously from water experiences with their trusted carer. Through our lessons we focus on stimulating and enriching their Emotional and Social development, Cognitive development and Physical development including Sensory development, fine and gross motor, balance and sensory -motor skills.
Aqua Bubs: 4 to 6 months.
Infants have amazing neonatal reflexes and in the early stages (between 3 – 6 months) we stimulate the infants to use these reflexes to their developmental benefits. We nurture the relationship between the infant and parent/carer and encourage you to strengthen the bond with your child while enjoying the warm water and relaxing environment. Infants are gently introduced to this new sensory experience. We offer activities where the children are introduced to safe submerges, front floats (Star fish), back floats and body movement, for example, splashing, kicking and paddling. In doing so we stimulate the infants to develop and increase their skills in all developmental areas. Parents are taught water safety and safe ways to hold and explore the water with their babies. It’s a fun, relaxing and great learning experience for baby and carer. We spent time encouraging the infants to imitate the facial expression and actions of their carers. The infants are continuing to build a trusting relationship with their very special carer. We aim to make the session a fun and special time for every family.
Aqua Tots: 6 to 12 months.
We continue to build strong and trusting relationships with infants and their carers. Developmentally infants at this age are becoming stronger, have developed more muscle tone and start to roll over and move their arms and legs themselves in the water. They are losing their reflexes but developmentally they can regulate and control their arm movements, they love splashing in the water and start kicking their legs themselves. Sensory development continues to develop, they are exploring the water environment with wonder and curiosity. They are expressing their emotions with smiles of delight. We continue to offer activities that stimulate these new developing skills in an enjoyable and rich way. Inquiry based play is becoming a great tool for the infants to explore and enjoy the water environment. We continue with back floats, front floats and movement. The children are developing these skills through songs and play and become more confident. Infants enjoy and benefit from routines so we often stick to a set program and activities. The infants enjoy splashing, kicking, blowing bubbles and catching and finding the floating water toys. They are starting to kick and paddle on their parents request. They emotionally demonstrate confidence and enjoyment through progress with increased confidence and skills. The infants enjoy the mat play using a variety of developing physical skills.
Aqua Mites: 12 to 24 months.
Socially and emotionally the infants becoming interested in other children. They are seeking eye contact with other children and enjoy group activities. We have lots of fun while singing and copying the songs actions. We continue to build and encourage parents to bond and enjoy the time with their infants. We educate adults and infants on water safety. The infants continue to develop basic water skills including the floats and movement possibilities in water. Infants at this age are curious and interested in the water environment and love exploring and discovering new things. We value inquiry based learning. Water safety including safe entries, water awareness and water is taught for this age group.
Aqua Nauts: 24 to 36 months.
The child’s physical and cognitive development continues to be amazing at this age. They are very curious and are asking questions. Their language development is increasing by the day. They can enjoy simple conversations and enjoy participating in group activities. The children can participate in the actions songs and sing themselves. We continue to explore all water skills and they increase in their confidence weekly. The children are now able to predict our routines. They are becoming aware of the rights they have and of the rights of other children. They are developing social skills to take turns and watch others having a go. They are starting to share the water toys, patiently waiting for their turn. The children are also able to suggest their favourite water activities themselves. We continue to encourage them to explore and extend their curiosity through the possibilities of water play. They are becoming more independent and need to be taught safe water entries. We continue to teach parents water awareness and water safety. We encourage the children to explore and increase their water skills including the floats. The infants also are introduced to different floatation devices and aids. We do a lot of activities with safe water entries and basic water safety skills. We start to encourage floating skills, correct streamlined body positions, and introduce infants that are confident and have develop good skills to independent gliding and torpedoes. (Basic early swimming skills)
Aqua Fins: 36 to 48 months.
We have increased our ability to share, take turns and can follow simple instructions. We are developing a trusting relationship with the instructor. We are encouraging the children to trust and enjoy a swimming lesson with their instructor.
We continue to explore basic swimming skills and encourage the children to become independent learners. The infants also are introduced to different floatation devices and aids. We do a lot of activities with safe water entries and basic water safety skills. We start to encourage floating skills, correct streamlined body positions, and introduce infants that are confident and have develop good skills to independent gliding and torpedoes. (Basic early swimming skills)
The children continue to experience lots of fun activities and are stimulated to develop strong basic swimming skills in a fun and safe environment.
The Swim Safer program for school age children, which are both a continuation of the Swim Safer Infants Program and suitable for students new to swimming
Levels continue until a mini-squad level. This final level aims to educate your child on all the lifesaving skills they need to be both safe and confident swimmers, and gain the knowledge and techniques they will require to join a squad or club environment, if they show interest in continuing their swimming competitively or for fitness.
Classes Confidence through to Strokes are 30 minutes long and run 7 days per week. Aqua Squad is a 1 hour session and only run Monday through to Friday. We recommend that you book a time for a free 5 minute swimming assessment to gauge the appropriate Swim Safer level for your child. To book this assessment please call our staff on 6229 6017
Adult group lessons (beginner and stroke improvement) may be offered at the Kingston Pool and Wellness Centre based on demand. Please express your interest and preferred day/time by emailing the pool from the contact page.
One-on-one lessons are offered to adults learning to swim, children and adults with a variety of disabilities, and for your fitness or rehabilitation needs. Availability for these classes is strictly limited, as we have specialised instructors for these areas of aquatic activity and development.
For special needs, pool facilities include a ramp into the building, a hoist into the pool and shower facilities.
The Kingston Pool is available for pool or lane bookings, making the centre perfect for schools, clubs and other groups to benefit from aquatic activity. Mornings, daytime and late night spots can be booked – subject to availability. An instructor or lifeguard may also be available for your group booking and we have a range of aquatic programs to suit your needs. Please email the centre to inquire about hire fees and availability.
Swim and Survive Swimming Classes Information
What age can my child start swimming lessons?
Your child can commence lessons with us from 4 months of age
When can I book an assessment?
If your child is of school age they will need to have an assessment to determine their height and skill level. Preferred days and times are Monday-Friday 3:00 – 3:20pm. Other days & times are available upon request. Infants will not need an assessment.
What does my child need for lessons?
Your child will need a cap (compulsory for Swim Safer students), towel, bathers, swim nappy for infants, and goggles if your child wears them. Caps, goggles and swim nappies are also available for purchase at our kiosk.
I have twins how can I give both lessons when I need to be in the pool?
There are a few options, including making the most of our morning child care facilities, encouraging another family member or friend to assist you – which can be an amazing experience for that special aunt, or inquiring about the possibility of one of our assistants to support you in the water during your lesson. This service is free of charge, however limited times and days are available.
When do your lessons commence?
At the Kingston Pool, lessons commence upon your enrolment and continue through school holidays (excluding public holidays). This means no need to re-enrol each term! You are in control of your own enrolment and only pay 2 weeks in advance via our direct debit system! How handy is that!
What qualifications do your instructors have?
All instructors are AUSTSWIM qualified and trained specifically in the Swim Safer program to ensure an easy and productive transition between any changes of instructor that may be required. Every instructor holds an AUSTSWIM Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety qualification, and current Working with Children Licence. Infant instructors also hold a current AUSTSWIM Teacher of Infants and Pre-school Aquatics licence.
How long are classes?
Swim Safer Infants and Swim Safer classes run for 30 minutes and Aqua Squad runs for 1 hour.
When will my child move up a level?
Assessments are no longer run on set weeks, as we have transitioned to an ongoing evaluation process. Each child will be undertaking an ongoing assessment throughout each lesson, and once a task has been achieved consistently, and to the standard required, the teacher will mark that task as having been achieved. Once all tasks have been achieved you will be notified in the proceeding days that your child is ready to move to a higher level.
What happens if my child misses a lesson?
If your child misses a lesson you are entitled to a family swim pass. This swim pass is valid for 12 weeks from the date of the missed lesson and can be used for up to 4 children and 2 adults during our casual swim times. This swim pass is electronic and will be marked off as used when you have approached the kiosk staff.
Can we swim in the pool during or after our lesson?
To maintain safety standards please ensure your child sits on the side of the pool before lessons commence, and does not enter the water until the teacher has instructed to do so. Please refer to our timetable for casual swimming times.
Child minding and change room facilities
During what hours does the crèche operate?
Our child minding facility is available between 9am and 12pm weekdays free of charge. There is no need to book your child in, please just sign the book next to the door on your arrival and departure.
Can my child use the opposite sex change room?
Our policy is that children aged 7 and under are allowed in the opposite sex change room with an accompanying adult.
Enrolments and Payments
How do we enrol in lessons?
You will need to fill out an enrolment form and direct debit form. These forms are available from our office or by emailing the pool.
How can I pay?
Payment is via direct debit due fortnightly on Thursdays. On enrolment our administration will advise you when your first payment will be, as all direct debits are prescheduled and cannot be changed. Payments can be debited from your bank account or credit card. This ensures that you are only paying 2 weeks in advance and can cancel with a minimum of 2 weeks’ notice.
Can I pay for a block of lessons?
This method of enrolment is available for a minimum of 10 consecutive weeks, and incurs a $10.00 administration fee each time you book. Placement in classes cannot be guaranteed once this booking has ended, and the enrolment process will need to be repeated.
Will I be charged for missed lessons?
Yes, when you book a time slot for your swimming lessons you are committed to your booking until such a time that you cancel. If your child is sick please feel free to send us a copy of a doctor’s certificate, and if you are aware that in the future you will be away for between 2 and 4 consecutive weeks please refer to our policy on placing lessons on hold.
We are going on holidays, what do we do?
If you’d like to place your lessons on hold (for direct debit payments), this can be done by email 4 weeks before your intended leave. This can only be applied for a minimum leave period of 2 consecutive weeks and up to a maximum of 4 consecutive weeks. The cost is $5.00 per lesson, per child. By doing this you are not eligible for a family swim pass.
How much notice do I need to provide to cancel my lessons?
We need at least 2 weeks notice via email to cancel your booking. Please include your child’s full name and reason for your cancellation in your email.
Can I change the time or day of my booking?
While we cannot guarantee we have another times or days available, we will certainly do everything we can to meet your needs.
What happens if my child isn’t enjoying swimming lessons?
Most children here love their swimming lessons! However, if your child isn’t enjoying lessons it is important that you let us know as soon as possible. This way we can work with you to find a solution that works for you and your child.
Where do I go for further information?
Please refer to our terms and conditions, or contact administration staff on 6229 6017 or firstname.lastname@example.org