Frequently Asked Questions
Our Infant Aquatics program starts at 6 months.
Our Learn to Swim program starts at 3 years.
We do not run by school terms, so you can enrol any time you want.
For our Infant Aquatics classes: Swimming nappy for your baby, bathers and towels for both for our Learn to Swim classes and Squads classes: Bathers, towel and goggles if your child wants to wear them. We do recommend getting them used to goggles because of the time the kids spend with their eyes in the water and the chemicals used to keep our water clean.
In our classes you will learn how to best hold your baby in the water. We want you and your baby to feel safe and comfortable. We will teach you how to get your baby to be ready to go underwater on their own condition by using a submersion cue (baby’s name, ready go). We will never force you to do something you, or your baby, are not ready to do. We will work on their muscle development by encouraging them to “crawl” in the water and by doing plenty of rolling from their tummy to their back and on their tummy again. We also work on their fine motor skills by giving the babies different toys and textures every week to grasp, feel and bite. As your child get older, the skill set progresses to safe entries and exits, safe jumps, returning to safety unassisted, unassisted floats, retrieving objects in shallow water and short unassisted swims. A study done by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) shows that Teaching babies to swim turns out to be more than just fun. Baby swimmers have better balance and are also better at grasping at things than non-swimmers. This difference persists even when children are five years old, when babies who have been taught to swim still outperform their peers!
Swimmers are formally assessed every 8 weeks but instructors will pass their kids up into the next level at any time if they feel it is necessary. The week after assessment week, parents have the chance to speak with their child’s instructor to talk about their progress in their current swimming level.
If your child cannot attend because he or she is unwell, we require a medical certificate to add the missed lessons on to your package. Alternatively depending on which package you have purchased, you are entitled to a make-up lesson. This can be used in the event your child misses a class and we do not receive a medical certificate. These make up lessons are subject to availability and cannot be rescheduled.
This depends on the level your child is in.
Infant Aquatics and Learn to Swim classes go for 30 minutes
Squad classes go for 45 minutes and Junior Lifeguard Classes go for 1 hour.
Infant Aquatics classes have a maximum or 8 children and 8 parents.
Learn to Swim level 1 and 2 – maximum of 4 children.
Learn to Swim level 3 and 4 – maximum of 5 children.
Learn to Swim level 5 and 6 – maximum of 6 children.
Squads (level 7 to 12) – maximum of 8 children.
Junior Lifeguard is a maximum of 10 children per coach, with a maximum of 3 coaches.
Of course you can – this is subject to availability and you can change within your package.
We have 4 different package options, which are:
Starter package – 5 lessons, no make-up lessons
Bronze package – 10 lessons, 1 make-up lesson
Gold package – 20 lessons, 2 make-up lessons
You need to pay upfront cash, EFTPOS or credit card. We accept all major credit cards excluding Amex and Diners, credit card payments over $99 will incur a 1% surcharge.
Level 3 and 4 are two of the harder levels in our swimming program. This is due to the introduction of 3 new strokes (full freestyle, full backstroke and full survival backstroke, with the introduction of basic breaststroke).
Unfortunately our booking and time table structure does not allow for this. However, you can do private lessons on a fortnightly basis. These needs to be arranged with your specific centre.
Each swim school has their own prerogative to implement their own program. However, we believe that using the Royal Life Saving Society WA program, which has been used for over 20 years, provides the best swimming tuition for swimmers. It is also in line with the Western Australia Education Department swimming program, which most children will undertake in Primary School.
This depends on your individual interpretation on what you believe a competent swimmer is. The Swim School WA believes that a competent swimmer is someone who has completed their Bronze Medallion (level 16). So, there is no specific amount of lessons to be a competent swimmer as each child develops and progresses at a different rate.