Frequently Asked Questions
How can I take care of my child’s skin?

We recommend you rinse your child off in the shower after each lesson and apply some sorbolene cream to their skin.  If your child suffered from severe cases of eczema, Barrier cream with natural ingredients is recommended. Always check the ingredients panel, because many of the products on the chemist shelf are chemically based and do not allow the skin to ‘breath’ whilst in the warm water environment. 

When should we NOT attend classes?

If your child has:

      • conjunctivitis
      • slap cheek
      • influenza
      • diarrhoea
      • chicken pox
      • or any symptoms of gastroenteritis

DO NOT ATTEND SWIMMING LESSONS.

Please consult your doctor if you are unsure as to how long after the illness they should wait before attending swimming lessons again. 

 

What sort of bathers does my child need to wear swimming?

For infants and toddlers are required to wear aqua nappies.

They need to be snug fitting around legs and stomach areas to stop any accidents from entering the pool. You can purchase these at reception. 

If your child attends a more advanced level where numerous laps are being accomplished it is preferred that they where Speedo’s or tight fitting swim wear to stop resistance in the water.

Are goggles compulsory?

We recommend your child learns to swim without goggles.

This is so they do not become reliant on them.

If your child has a real fear of putting their face in the water, goggles would be useful until they gain their confidence. The aim would be not to use them for their whole lesson.

Why are swim caps compulsory for children 3 years and older?

All children aged 3 years and over are required to wear a swim cap during their lesson.

This helps to keep hair out of their face while swimming and keeps the filtration system running smoothly without any hair clogging up the system.

Why do you use floatation during lessons?

There are many different ways of teaching your child how to swim. Our goal is to make the transition from not enjoying the water or having no experience in the water, to being able to swim happily and confidently.

We believe the methods we use with the use of swimming aids enables us to teach your child in the most efficient, effective and comfortable way. A child learns more effectively when we utilize our lessons with the way they physically, emotionally and mentally develop and we feel that the use of swimming aids assists us in this way.

The use of swimming aids is just one method of teaching a child to learn to swim and we believe we can reach our goal of teaching your child to swim much more efficiently by using them.

Why wear a rash shirt?

During parent/child classes we require each parent to wear a rash shirt rather than a T-shirt. This ensures the pool water is kept clean by keeping lint to the minimum (with the exception to clothing swim week).

A rash shirt also aids the process of your child learning to swim.

A child learns very early the grasp action using their finer motor skills and as a safety precaution we like to utilize this reflex action in swimming. As your child begins to relax while submerging you will find it very useful to allow your child to grasp on to your rash Shirt rather than you picking them up.

Keep in mind this is a gradual process and in no way should you wait for your child to grasp on to you unless they were comfortable in submerging.

At what age should my child learn to swim?

The recommended earliest age your child can learn to swim is six months old, but we start their aquatic training from birth with our FREE BabyBond Program.

There is proof that the earlier you start your child in the aquatic field the more relaxed they will be in their new learning environment and it is a skill they will keep for life.

Children are known to have brains like ‘sponges’ that ‘soak up’ information particularly in their formative years (under five years of age).  In other words, the earlier your child learns to swim the better.