2022 Start of Year Information

Start of Term 1- Mon 31 Jan, 2022

2022 Term Dates

SHP -Mon 17 January – Fri 21 January

Term 1 – Mon 31 January – Sat 9 April

SHP – Tues 19 April – Fri 22 April

Term 2 – Tues 26 April – Sat 25 June

SHP – Mon 4 July – Fri 8 July

Term 3 – Mon 11 July – Sat 17 September

SHP – Mon 27 September – Thurs 30 September

Term 4 – Mon 3 October – Sat 18 December 

Welcome back to our returning students and welcome to our new families.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and a great break over the holidays.

We know that these holidays have provided some challenges with isolation for many of our families and our staff.

As with all businesses moving forward with Covid we will be doing our utmost to keep disruption to a minimum for our classes.

We all know how valuable learning to swim is in Australia, and how much the students benefit from early learning. 

We understand parents’ anxiety around children not wanting to get into the pool on the first one or two lessons but understand even just watching is still learning, observing class structure, activities and how other students react is all part of the process. We endeavour to make learning to swim fun and safe for all. 

10 Amazing Benefits of Swimming You Never Knew

Sarah Hansen

Swimming has been called the perfect exercise. After all, you can get all of the benefits of an aerobic workout without any damaging impact on joints, and it can be done by both the very old and the very young.

It is utilized by athletes to stay strong and keep fit when recovering from injury, and there is no fancy equipment needed—just you and the deep blue.

Swimming has many more benefits that those obvious advantages seen on the surface; its improvements to overall health go much deeper. So, let’s take a big breath, and dive into the 10 benefits of swimming:

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1. Swimming improves muscle definition and strength.

Swimmers gain muscle strength throughout the entire body. Where runners see muscle build in their legs, swimmers utilize more muscle groups to move through the water. While the legs kick, the arms pull. As the back reaches and rotates, the stomach tightens to power the legs and stabilize the core, making swimming one of the best aerobic exercises to give you a total body workout. Just look at Michel Phelps’ fit physique if you need inspiration!

2. Swimming builds up bone mass.

For years, researchers scoffed at the idea that swimming affected bone mass. After all, only weight-bearing exercises were able to achieve this benefit, right? Not according to research published in the Journal of Applied Physiology. Because there are ethical reasons to avoid in-depth bone examination on humans, the study put rats into three groups: running, swimming, and a control group with no exercise stimulation. While running still showed the highest increase in BMD (Bone Mineral Density),[1] the swimming group also showed benefits over the control group in both BMD and femoral bone weight. While more studies are needed, these new findings show that previous research dismissing swimming’s bone benefits may need to be revisited.

3. Swimming helps you stay flexible

Swimming requires you to reach, stretch, twist, and pull your way through the water. Your ankles become fins and are stretched with each kick as you push off against the liquid pressure. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t still stretch on your own, but repetitive stretching found in your various strokes also helps with flexibility.

4. Swimming reduces inflammation.

While swimming’s cardiovascular benefits of strengthening the heart muscle are common knowledge, research also indicates aerobic activities,[2] such as swimming, reduce inflammation that leads to atherosclerosis[3] build-up in the heart.

5. Swimming holds its own for calories burned.

Everyone knows that swimming is a great way to burn calories, but most don’t realize it can be just as efficient as jumping on the treadmill. Depending on the stroke you choose and your intensity, swimming can burn equal or greater calories than running.

Additionally, you don’t have to worry about sweat in your eyes. For example: for 10 minutes of swimming you burn 60 calories with the breast stroke, 80 calories with the backstroke, 100 calories with freestyle, and an impressive 150 with the butterfly stroke.

For perspective, running a 10-minute mile burns around 100 calories. Therefore, a strong 30-min butterfly speed session can burn 150 more calories than running a 5K in the same time frame.

6. Swimming can improve exercise-induced asthma.

Nothing is as frustrating as trying to exercise and being unable to get your breath. Unlike working out in dry gym air or braving seasonal pollen counts, however, swimming allows you to breath moist air while you train. Not only does swimming help alleviate asthma symptoms, studies have shown that it can actually improve the overall condition of the lungs.

In a recent study, a group of children that completed a six-week swimming program saw improvements in symptom severity, snoring, mouth-breathing, and hospitalization and ER visits. These benefits were still noted a year after the swimming program ended. People who don’t have asthma benefit too as swimming increases overall lung-volume and teaches good breathing techniques.[4]

7. Swimming lowers stress and depression.

Love that natural endorphin kick? While many talk about a runner’s high, swimming can bring about all those feel-good emotions too.

In addition to the happy hormones, you also can feel a relaxation response similar to yoga. As I mentioned previously, swimming stretches your body constantly. Combine this with the deep rhythmic breathing, and you can experience a relaxation rush that’s very unique to the sport.
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Our Team

Please be aware a change in university workloads for many of our teachers has meant some changes to rosters. We also welcome Jeremy to our staff team.

Monday – Aimee & Madi

Monday evening – Aimee, Lana & Madi

Tuesday – Jacqui & Sarah

Tuesday evening – Aimee, Will, Chelsea & Sarah 

Wednesday – Sarah & Will

Wednesday evening – Aimee, Lana & Sarah

Thursday – Sarah & Jacqui

Thursday evening – Aimee, Paige, Chelsea & Phoebe

Friday – Jacqui, Victoria & Phoebe

Friday evening – Kylie, Will, Monique & Phoebe

Saturday – Aimee, Paige, Lana, Monique & Phoebe

We will have teachers shadowing lessons as part of our teacher’s professional development. You may therefore have two teachers in some lessons as we each watch, learn and provide feedback to each other.

Please remember if your child is unwell, they should be excluded from any lessons until they are well again. 

Please notify us of any absences either by text to 0433 446 4030 or by email to kylie@swimlikeafish.com.au

This is part of our continuing commitment to ensuring we have quality and consistency in our teaching and that all lessons continue to be tailored to meet the needs of your child. 

We are confident that your child will enjoy all the programs and have continued success. Please speak to me if you have further questions.

Fee Payments

At the start of term before your child starts a class you will be invoiced, and payment will need to made before the attendance of their first class. Either by direct debit three days prior to your first class or by cash/cheque at the pool on the day of their first lesson for the term.

If your direct debit is within three days of your first class, please bring a copy of your receipt.

Unfortunately, your child will not be able to swim unless payment is made, or an arrangement is made with us prior to the start of term. 

Please see one of our reception staff to discuss any queries you may have. 

If you have not received an invoice or have received duplicates, please kindly inform us.

Direct Debit details – 

Account name: Swim Like A Fish

BSB 633-000 

Account no. 140351032.

Term 1 2022 – Class Payment Calculation

Term 1 has the following public holidays:

Labour DayMonday 14th March

Mon @ 9 wks Tues- Sat @ 10 wks
1 child @ $21.00$189$210
2 Children with 2nd child discount$360$400
3 Children with 2nd & 3rd Child discounts$513$570
Water Familiarisationna$210
Swimming Squadna$210

Swim School Policies 

Just a reminder all our policies are now online or you can pick up a brochure at the pool.

Vaccination Status for Entry to our pool.

We are very proud to have a diversity of staff within our Centre. This also means we have staff who are immune compromised. As such for the Health and Safety of all our team, our Centre will be remaining a fully vaccinated only centre for 16+. This will be reviewed every six months.

Water Familiarisation Classes 

Tuesday 9.30am-10.00am & 6.00pm – 6.30pm,

Wednesday 9.30am-10.00am

Thursday 9.30am-10.00am

Friday 11:00am – 11:30am

Saturday 9.00am – 9.30am & 9.30am – 10.00am 

Where the Parents are in the Water with their children.

New Water Familiarisation starters commencing after the first week work out payment’s pro rata of $17.00 per class. There are no discounts for Water Familiarisation as this is already discounted.

Swimming Squad Classes

Wednesday 5.30pm-6.30pm 

There are no discounts for squad classes as these are already discounted.

Missed Classes

Missed classes will not to be deducted from the fees unless relating to serious injury/illness and must be discussed with Kylie first. Make up lessons are available for any missed class for any reason where class sizes permit during that term. Make-up classes are only available if 24 hours’ notice is received either by text, phone or email. Makeup classes are subject to availability and only within the term the classes were missed.

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Filming and Photography

Please remember this is a child safe centre and for this reason filming and photography are not permitted. If you would like to take a picture of your child please request permission from the teacher and it should not include any other child or teacher without consent.

Cleaning and Safety

As we are all trying to do our part in keeping COVID safe we ask that participants and parents socially distance when inside and outside the centre. As we have limited seating available indoors we request that people arriving early wait outside where possible before class and leave as soon as possible after as to avoid congestion. Where government legislation requires please wear face masks indoors, sanitise and stay away if unwell.

We are doing our utmost to keep our centre clean and hygienic with single use equipment for each class and constant cleaning between classes.

Happy Swimming and keep safe near the water. 

If you have any queries please phone us on 

M: 0433 446 403 if you don’t catch us at the pool.

Many thanks, 

Swim Like A Fish Team