Your Questions Answered

Q: Aren’t swimming lessons all the same? Why shouldn’t I go to the closest and most convenient swim school?

No, definitely not. People often marvel at the outstanding results we achieve with our infants and toddlers.

The best swim school for your child may not necessarily be the closest or biggest swim school around.

Every swim school has their own program and intended outcomes at different stages of the learning phase and it is for this reason that the rate at which children progress will differ greatly between swim schools.

Parents must do their research to ensure they choose the best swimming lessons available – their child’s life may one day depend on it!

Q: We have a pool at home so why can’t I teach my baby myself?

We have experienced many instances where a parent has unintentionally frightened their baby by trying to copy what they’ve seen elsewhere or been told what to do by friends or family prior to commencing lessons. 

Parents are also unaware as to how and when to progress their baby to the next level and the only way to ensure your baby learns without unnecessary distress is to enrol them in a quality program with mature experienced teachers.

Our teachers are highly experienced professionals and will therefore obtain faster results than a parent trying to teach their own child to swim, hence children will be safer sooner if they are enrolled into swimming lessons.

Q: Is it common for babies to cough and gag following each submersion “until they get used to it”?

If a baby has been given the proper preparation in readiness for their submersions, they should not be consistently coughing or gagging following each submersion.

Repeated submersions will only cause them to become distressed and consequently they will soon develop negative associations with water.

Q: Why do babies and children progress at different rates?

Parents must not become disillusioned if another baby or child of the same age as theirs is progressing quicker than their child.

All babies follow the same developmental patterns e.g. rolling over, crawling, walking, running etc however the rate at which they move from one developmental phase to the next is entirely individual and can vary greatly between children.

The same principles also apply to babies and children when learning their survival and swimming skills, hence there is nothing to be gained by comparing the progress of one child to another.

Q: Why should my child continue lessons year round?

Drowning tragedies can happen at any time of the year and a young child will not retain their survival skills if practice is not consistently maintained, hence the necessity to ensure children continue their swimming lessons year round.

However there is a higher risk of children experiencing an accidental submersion through the summer months when families spend holidays at the beach, go to Christmas parties where there are back yard pools etc therefore it is essential children participate in swimming lessons throughout the winter months to ensure they maintain their survival skills in readiness for summer.

Q: Does swimming cause ear infections?

Young children are prone to getting middle ear infections, otherwise known as otitis media (an infection behind the ear drum).

Water from the pool or other sources cannot enter the inner ear unless the ear drum is perforated hence a child cannot get a middle ear infection as a direct result from their swimming lessons.

Q: Why does my child’s progress “plateau” at different stages?

There will be many times throughout the learn-to-swim phase when parents see little or no progress.

Most adults find it difficult to multi-task and yet we this is what children are expected to do when learning to swim.

Learning to swim is not easy for young children and therefore takes lots of practice so be patient throughout these times and give your child lots of positive support and encouragement.

There are also times when a child may be progressing, however it appears to the parent that their progress has stagnated.

Progress is not always visible to the parent or caregiver, e.g: a child who is scared will be quite tense in the water however as they gain confidence they will be more relaxed and this will be evident to the teacher but not necessarily the parent.

Q: Why don’t we teach children to tread water?

Treading water is a skill that uses lots of energy in order to keep the head above water, whilst little or no effective propulsion is gained.

In an aquatic emergency a young child would only be able to maintain this for a limited time before tiring and then being in real danger of not being able to reach safety.

Q: What if my child is scared of water?

Our teachers are highly trained and have extensive experience in helping children of all ages to overcome their fears as we teach their survival and swimming skills.

The sooner we can work with your child, the sooner they'll overcome their fears and the safer they'll be when in and around water.

Q: Why do we teach children to swim without the use of goggles?

Children must be very comfortable keeping their eyes open under water to reduce the likelihood of them panicking if they fall into a body of water, therefore in the early stages of learning to swim children should spend the majority of the lesson time without the use of goggles. 

Panic leads to unsuccessful attempts at trying to get a breath and the inability for the child to gain effective propulsion to enable them to reach safety. 

Q: Why don’t we use floaties in our lessons?

We do not use floaties or other buoyancy devices in our swim classes as we believe this gives the child a false sense of security.

Children need to have a realistic awareness of their strengths and weaknesses without flotation devices.

In an aquatic emergency a child must be able to reach safety by using the survival skills they’ve been taught, as they will not be wearing a flotation device if they were not intending to go for a swim.

Q: Why does learning to swim take so long?

Learning to swim is a comprehensive aquatic education encompassing both survival and swimming skills.

When teaching a child to swim each phase of the learning process has to be broken down and taught in steps. The child has to then learn to multi-task as the steps are slowly put together until the child is doing two or three tasks at once e.g. kicking and bubbling with a kickboard.

Appropriate skills are taught according to the child’s age, physical and cognitive development.

These skills are then used as a foundation for more advanced skills as the child grows and develops, hence the reason learning to swim is a long term process.

However one lesson per week is equivalent to only 17 hours of lesson time per year. The total time it takes a child to learn to swim is equivalent to less than one week of their life time, hence it’s not really such a long time after all!

Q: Will my child be drown proof?

No one is ever drown proof however enrolling a child into a quality swim program from a very young age and ensuring lessons are consistently maintained year round will give the child the best chance of survival should the unthinkable ever occur.  The more competent a person is with their swimming and survival skills, the better chance they have of surviving a real life aquatic emergency.

Parents must always be vigilant when their child is in and around water, regardless of how competent they think their child is.

Bookings are taken at any time throughout the year and block lessons are available throughout school holidays. Contact us today to book your lessons!