Term 1 2018 Newsletter

2018 Term Dates

Term 1: Mon 29 Jan – Thurs 29 Mar
SHP Mon 9 April – Fri 13 April

Term 2: Mon 16 April – Sat 30 Jun
SHP Mon 9 Jul – Fri 13 Jul

Term 3: Mon 16 July – Sat 22 Sept
SHP Mon 1 Oct – Fri 5 Oct

Term 4: Mon 8 Oct – Sat 22 Dec

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.

Over the break I read a great article from Swim Australia about some of the reasons every child should learn to swim (see below) and it bought back so any fond memories from my own childhood.

Why your child should learn to swim in 2018

Knowing how to swim is an essential and potentially life-saving tool which is particularly important in Australia where we are lucky to be surrounded by some of the world’s most beautiful beaches. We hear a lot about the importance water safety, but there are also dozens of other reasons why you should get your child to swimming lessons, stat. Here are just a few.

It will improve general health and fitness

Do you remember coming home from the beach or pool as a kid and feeling so hungry you could eat ten dinners? Whether it’s learning water drills, swimming laps or playing pool games with the whole family, swimming burns a huge amount of energy. Burning energy is essential for maintaining a healthy weight, preventing childhood obesity and preventable diseases such as type 2 diabetes.
Swimming can also improve cardiovascular health, help develop strong joints and build muscle.

Knowing how to swim opens up a whole new world of sports

There are a lot of popular sports in Australia that require a minimum level of swimming competency for participation such as kayaking, surfing, and water-skiing. Not only does knowing how to swim give your child the opportunity to become good at and potentially compete in a range of popular sports, it also means they won’t be left out of school teams and events.

Swimming teaches dedication and endurance

Getting yourself from one side of the pool to the other means not giving up. Learning to swim requires dedication and motivation, and the positive outcomes of swimming will teach your child to persevere during the difficult times.

They’ll make friends

Swimming lesson groups often include kids from different schools, meaning they can help build your child’s social skills and ability to get along with kids they don’t know.

They’ll sleep better

Now there’s a bonus for the whole family! The massive amount of energy expended during swimming often leaves kids (and adults!) feeling exhausted. Add the sun exposure and release of endorphins during an intense swim session and what you’re looking at is a night of quality shut-eye! ”

Water Safety

Over the holidays it has again been bought home to me, how quickly and easily we can get out of our depth and into all sorts of trouble and drown.
We have seen a horrifying increase in the number of drowning’s.
Danuta Kozaki and Clare Blumer, from the ABC wrote
“It is definitely the season of distractions — the knock at the door, the ringing phone, other children crying out for assistance; they are the things that take our attention away from backyard swimming pools.”
I think we should add the distraction of technology as a whole, at the beach, at the pool and at the river, wherever we are around water. We need to be watching at all times.
Please take care as we all enjoy the beaches, rivers and swimming pools.

Link to Royal Life Saving 2016/2017 Drowning report

Our Team

We welcome Jess and Bec to our team this year.
Please be aware a change in university workloads for many of our teachers has meant some changes to rosters.

Monday Emma
Monday evening Mikki & Matt
Tuesday Sarah
Tuesday evening Aimee, Lauren & Bec
Wednesday Sarah
Wednesday evening Mikki & Kaitlin
Thursday Sarah
Thursday evening Lauren & Jess
Friday Lauren
Friday evening Lauren, Bec
Saturday Caitlin, Jess & Kaitlin

We will be running a number of shadowing lessons as part of our teacher’s professional development. You may therefore have two teachers in some lessons as we each watch and learn plus provide feedback to each other.
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 goes into class you will need to pay their fees. 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 of 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 Kylie to discuss any concerns you may have.
Direct Debit details –
Account name: Swim Like A Fish
BSB 633-000
Account no. 140351032.

Term 1 2018 – Class Payment Calculation
Term 1 has public holidays:
Labour Day on Monday 13th March, and Good Friday 30th March and Easter Saturday 31st March

Tues, Wed, Thur,@ 9 weeks         Mon, Fri, Sat @ 8 weeks
1 child @ $18.50                                     $166.50                                        $148
2 Children with 2nd child discount          $315                                             $280
3 Children with 2nd & 3rd Child discounts $445.50                                     $396
Water Familiarisation                              $135                                              $120
Swimming Squad                                    $166.50                                          na

Water Familiarisation Classes
Tuesday 9.30am – 10.00am &
6.00pm – 6.30pm,
Wednesday 9.30am-10.00am
Thursday 9.30am-10.00am
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 payments pro rata of $15.00 per class. There are no discounts for Water Familiarisation as this is already discounted.

Swimming Squad Classes
Wednesday 5.00pm-6.00pm
Term 3 fees are $198.50
There are no discounts for squad classes as these are already discounted.

Missed Classes
Missed classes are not to be deducted from the fees unless relating to serious injury/illness and must be discussed with Kylie first – catch up lessons are available for any missed class for any reason where class sizes permit. As I’m sure you understand we have to pay teachers each
and every week once term classes are set.

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

Finally as always as we have moved many students into after school classes, made various kinder changes and so forth – there have been many challenges.
Thank you to everyone for your patience and assistance, no doubt our start of year will still provide lots more.

If you have any queries please phone us on M: 0433 446 403 if you don’t catch us at the pool.
Many thanks, Kylie