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Why Blue Dolphin Swim Centre?
Blue Dolphin Swim Centre is unique in that it is privately owned and operated, has a child focus and is dedicated to building happy, healthy and confident children, in and around water. There is a proven programme which is used in all the learn to swim levels, which all instructors follow, ensuring consistency in education across the centre.
The addition of Deck Supervisors and Senior Instructors ensures your child’s progress is closely monitored and assistance is provided where needed. Constant communication and feedback is given to parents and caregivers to provide understanding and guidance. All staff at Blue Dolphin are passionate about you and your child’s needs. All areas of the swim program have “levels” to progress to, so your child can learn more skills when they are physically and mentally ready to handle more, rather than holding your child back until they reach a certain age. Blue Dolphin understands that all children progress at different times and at different ages and therefore there is a focus on the child’s happiness and willingness to learn and not just on their age.
All instructors are professionally qualified under national qualifications and undergo an intensive, ongoing training program. Instructors are taught how to provide a fun and happy environment as well as how to handle a child’s progression. We are committed to adding layers of protection starting at the beginning of the swim program, giving your child the opportunity to learn “self-survival” as early as possible.
To read more about the Blue Dolphin Swim Centre Ethos or about the Staff who create such a unique experience, please read our About Us page.
Why learn to swim?
- Health is a premium. People involved in even simple exercise have a lower risk of many diseases as well as a better state of mental and emotional well-being. Swimming is highly recommended by the medical profession as it also causes no stress on joints. Just the thing in this day and age of childhood obesity
- Safety in and around the water is greatly enhanced by being able to swim. Drowning is the major cause of accidental death in children under 5 and others drown regularly while fishing, boating, surfing and in rivers and dams. Additionally, for every drowning, many more are left with permanent brain damage
- It's good fun! As soon as the feet leave the bottom it’s a whole new adventure in this water world
- Fitness for the total body comes from swimming. Muscles are toned and cardio-vascular system is greatly enhanced
- Swimming is a lifelong activity — an asset for life
- The family can come together for health, fun and fitness
- A competitive outlet is available from the Clubs of Swimming Australia Ltd and Masters Swimming
- Other organised activities include Surf Life Saving, Royal Life and Water Polo
- No barriers! Regardless of age, sex, ethnicity, or ability; swimming is an activity for all to enjoy
- Being able to swim is integral to the Aussie way of life
- Note that being able to swim adds an extra layer of protection. It is not a substitute for proper supervision and barriers
What age should my child start swimming lessons?
- (Understanding) It is natural to feel some caution or have uncertainties about when to begin.
- (Perspective) Infants are in a fluid environment for close to 9 months inside their mother. So, we aren’t really talking about when to “introduce” a child to the water, but when to “reintroduce” them to the water.
- (Starting in the bath) The family bath is probably the best and most convenient place to begin working with an infant — getting in the tub, supported floating, getting comfortable with water on the face. Once lessons have begun, the bath can assist with skills practiced in class.
- (Starting Age) 4 months is a generally accepted age for starting a lesson program - allows a medical history to develop, allows the immune system to strengthen and allows bonding to occur.
- After 4 months, lessons in a gentle, developmentally appropriate program should be started as soon as possible.
- Swimming lessons for children under 6 or 7 years should be a consistent, year round activity building toward a lifelong skill of proficient swimming.
© Swim Australia 2005 & Dave DuBois, Independent Learn to Swim Consultant and Swim Australia’s Swim TOUR Leader, itIlgroaol.com
What are Good Reasons for Teaching Babies to Swim?
- Babies less than a year old accept the water more readily than older children.
- Fear of water is acquired as children grow older: the longer a child is kept away from water, the more likely the child will develop aqua-phobia.
- Babies can exercise more muscles in the water, they are less restricted by gravity and their ability to sit or stand. This increased strength often manifests itself in early acquisition of physical skills like walking.
- Swimming improves babies’ cardiovascular fitness. Although babies are limited in how much they can improve their endurance, swimming does have a beneficial effect.
- Early mastery of water movements gives children a head start in learning basic swimming skills.
- Water helps improve co-ordination and balance by forcing babies to move bilaterally to maintain their equilibrium.
- Warm water combined with gentle exercise relaxes and stimulates babies appetites. They usually eat and sleep better on swimming days.
- Doctors often recommend swimming as the exercise of choice for asthmatics. For many asthmatics, exercise produces bronchial hyperactivity. Swimming stimulates less wheezing than other forms of exercise, possibly because the warm, moist air around pools is less irritating to the lungs.
- Babies flourish in the focused attention their parents lavish on them during swimming.
- As babies learn how to manoeuvre in the water on their own their independence and self-confidence blossom.
- Swimming provides babies with lots of skin-to-skin contact with their parents that psychologists say may deepen the bond between parent and child.
- Learning to swim is not only fun, healthy activity but a safety measure as well. (Drowning is the major cause of accidental death in Australia for under 5’s. For each drowning, many more are left with permanent brain damage. Learn to swim ... its great!)
Written by Kochen, C.L. Ph.D and McCabe, J. B.A.; The Baby Swim Book, Leisure Press, 1986
How long before my child can swim?
- Swimming lessons are a long-term process, not an event that will soon be “finished.”
- Attending once a week or twice a week consistently is better than attending more often and then stopping for a long period. Swimming lessons for children under 6 or 7 years should be a consistent, year round activity building toward a lifelong skill of proficient swimming.
- Suggested goal - 400 metres with good technique, without stopping and without becoming exhausted — This can take years to achieve but is possible for school age children.
- A foundation of basic skills can be built into a future with the many aquatic sports and activities. Swimming lessons are not just another optional activity. They are “life saving and life serving,” offering numerous wonderful benefits for the learner and for the more accomplished swimmer.
© Swim Australia 2005 & Dave DuBois, Independent Learn to Swim Consultant and Swim Australia’s Swim TOUR Leader, itlIgroaol.com
How often should my child attend swimming lessons?
Children who practice regularly and consistently will learn and develop strong swimming skills. Attending one half hour swimming lesson a week equates to a total of 26 hours of swimming per year. Doubling this to twice a week or attending holiday swim programs will accelerate their skills, confidence and being safer in and around water.
What can I do to help my child become a better swimmer?
Every child’s progress is different; however practice and exposure are the keys to learning. By allowing your child to access a safer water environment regularly, i.e. two or more times per week, you provide the opportunity for your child to practice and become confident in and around water. Holiday programs are a great opportunity for fast progression because the children get to practice every day.
Why do I have to stay in the water with my child until they turn 3?
Children do not have the fine motor skills or develop strong muscle control until the age of three. For this reason they require lots of manipulation in the water. If parents assist their baby/toddler via manipulation and then allow them to practice (continually repeating this process) children are able to master the skill correctly ensuring perfection at an early age. For example a three year old will be able to develop “fast little kicks” by themselves if assisted by parents at an early age.
Parent and child bonding is important in the “learn to swim process”. Staying in the water gives parents the opportunity to teach their child to swim with the mentoring and expertise provided by the teacher.
Do I need to continue swimming lessons all year round?
Following are some of the best reasons to stay involved with a learn-to-swim program throughout the year:
- Improve Safety — Keep up important experience and skills, the risks don’t go away during cooler times of the year
- Maintain Skills — Skills need reinforcement or they can regress, especially with children under 5 years
- Physical Fitness - Establish a routine of fitness, swimming offers healthy benefits with minimal risk of sport related injury
- Develop a skill that will last a lifetime — Almost all ages and ability levels can use the water for recreation, exercise and sport
- “Ongoing stimulation and developmental benefits”
- Parental Bonding — In the water, the close physical contact and quality time helps strengthen the natural bond like no other environment can
- Social Skills — Maintain important social interaction each week with regular attendance
- It’s Fun! - Continue the enjoyment
- Academic Improvement - Physical activity can facilitate academic improvement. Some studies have shown higher grade point averages in swimmers and water polo players
© Swim Australia 2005 & Dave DuBois, Independent Learn to Swim Consultant and Swim Australia’s Swim TOUR Leader, itIIgroaoI.com
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