Frequently Asked Questions
Q. How old does my child have to be to start swimming lessons?
A. Our Babies program begins at 3 months of age. Some of the reasons for waiting until 4 months are to allow a medical history to develop, allow the infant’s immune system to strengthen and allow bonding to occur with the primary caretaker.
Q. Why do I have to stay in the pool with my child until they are 2 ½ years old?
A. During this early stage, children will feel much more comfortable in the water with their parents/caregivers present. In order to teach your child skills such as submerging underwater and kicking, some manipulation of your child’s movements is required. It is best that this is done by a parent/caregiver, rather than someone new. It will also help their social and emotional development. Some studies have shown that baby swimming lessons can strengthen the bond between you and your child.
Q. My child doesn’t swim very far in their lesson. Why are they only swimming ½ of the pool when I know they can swim further?
A. At Splash-A-Bout Swim School, we focus on technique rather than distance swum. A child that can swim with good technique is much safer in the water than a child without it. Good technique leads to an efficient swimming stroke, which in the long run will help them to swim further and faster. We have written an article about the benefits of focusing on technique rather than distance swum, which you can read here.
Q. My child can now swim laps of the pool in all four strokes. Where to from here?
A. That’s great! Have you considered competitive swimming? Splash-A-Bout Swim School is affiliated with Rocky City Swimming Club, which provides a pathway for our swimmers to transition from learn-to-swim to the swim club environment. Splash-A-Bout’s Owner and Program Director is the head coach of Rocky City, and three of our teachers are assistant coaches at the club. We also run club nights fortnightly over winter so that our swimmers can practice the race skills they learn during their lessons. You can find out more about Rocky City Swimming Club and our Club Nights by following the links.
Q. How many children do you have in a class?
A. Our babies classes are limited to 6 children, our Starfish classes are limited to 3 children, our Rainbow Fish to Frog classes are limited to 4 children, and our Seal (mini squad) classes are capped at 10. This allows each child to be given close attention and guidance in any class. We also have twins and one-on-one classes available.
Q. What times are available for my child?
A. We’ll always find a time that works for you, so give us a call! We can guide you through our current lesson times and availability, and help you to find a day and time that best fits in with your routine.
Q. Do you have lessons all year?
A. We sure do! We only break for Christmas and public holidays. We swim right through the school holidays.
Q. What happens if my child is sick or we are going away?
A. Just let us know before your lesson, and you can do a make-up lesson later on in that block.
Q. Does my child have to have a cap while they are swimming?
A. Yes. Caps keep your child’s hair out of their face. Caps will also help prevent hair clogging up the pool’s filtration system, making the pool cleaner.
Q. Does my child need to wear goggles?
A. Goggles aren’t compulsory, so this is completely up to you and your child. Some children feel more comfortable swimming with goggles than without. However, if your child falls into the water by accident, they may not be wearing goggles at the time. It is crucial that they are able to put their eyes in the water and swim to safety. This is why we don’t use goggles for some exercises in our lessons. If you want to find out more about goggles and learn-to-swim, we have written an article which you can read here.
Q. Is it a good idea to stop swimming over winter?
A. No. The skills and behaviours that are taught in lessons need constant reinforcement throughout the year. The risks posed by drowning don’t go away in the cooler parts of the year, and neither should swimming lessons. Continuing lessons over winter also helps to build and reinforce existing swimming skills. This is particularly true with children under 5 years whose long-term skill retention and muscle memory are just beginning to develop. A break in lessons that stretches over many months will often result in a loss of skills.
Our pools are maintained at 32 degrees throughout the year, so even when it is cool outside, it is a comfortable, year-round, summer experience inside. With a little extra attention, such as keeping children warm and drying them off well when they leave the pool, swimming will stay comfortable and beneficial all year. Watch this video to find out more about swimming over winter.
Q. How long will it take for my child to learn how to swim?
A. Each child is different, so there’s not a specific answer to this question. However, there are things you can do to speed up their progress, such as having a second lesson each week, continuing swimming lessons all year round, or intensive lessons over school holidays. We have written an article about making the most of the learn to swim process, which you can read here.
Q. Does my baby need to wear a swimming nappy during lessons?
A. If your child isn’t toilet trained, it is compulsory that they wear a swimming nappy whilst in the pool. If you forget your disposable swimming nappy, we have some available for purchase at the counter for $2.50. Or why not save money and help the environment by purchasing a washable swim nappy. We have them in boys and girls styles for $25.