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Baby, infant and toddler swimming lessons from 4 months old
Kids aged 3 years+
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Winter in tropical North Queensland is a beautiful time of the year, but if you’re acclimatised, it’s not quite full blown swimming weather! It was, however, a beautiful warm sunny day and I was out in the yard with my son Frankie (who is five) and daughter Lorna (who is two). I was gardening next to the pool while the kids were playing nearby, happily splashing with their water toys and pretending their pool noodles were swords!
Suddenly I heard a big ‘splash’ – Lorna had fallen in the pool! I raced straight to the edge where she’d fallen in, but before I needed to jump in and rescue her, she’d calmly surfaced, turned around, swum back to the edge and was holding on. It wasn’t until she realised she was safe that the shock set in and there were a few tears!
I was so impressed that she instinctively drew upon the survival skills that she is taught each week when she attends her Paul Sadler Swimland class! We see swimming as an essential life skill and have been so impressed with the confidence and improvement that our three children have shown since attending Paul Sadler Swimland!
We made the decision to put Bailey into Paul Sadler Swimland Melton after noticing him panic from swallowing water at only chest height.
When Bailey first started attending lessons he lacked in confidence and was unable to wet his hair or face without panicking or getting upset. Working closely with Kristy (Teacher), Bailey began to show signs of confidence in the water.
During another family visit to the pool Bailey was involved in a small incident where he had attempted to climb out of the pool and had slipped back and fell into deeper water. As we rushed to his aid, much to our surprise, Bailey had happily surfaced after a couple of seconds and was doggy paddling his way back to the ledge.
If it wasn’t for the confidence and knowledge he had gained from his weekly lessons it could have been a much greater incident.
We would like to thank Paul Sadler Swimland Melton for their amazing service and support with Bailey. A special mention to Kristy for her firm yet fun approach with Bailey which is exactly the push he needed to gain confidence around the water.
Over the last two years we have changed days and had different teachers, but they have all been excellent! They show a real passion for their work and maintain an excellent rapport with both of my children, helping them to achieve their goals.
Since coming to Paul Sadler Swimland, the kids have come ahead in leaps and bounds and I would strongly recommend others attend this great swim school! Although my kids are only three and four years old, they are already showing great potential and I have no doubt they will be strong, confident swimmers in the future.
Harper started in Swordy Tots when she was 16 months old. When it was time for Harper to move up by herself she was very hesitant and upset. Her new teacher, Lucie, was absolutely amazing! Harper settled in within one week thanks to Lucie being so patient and encouraging.
For this past Christmas, Harper asked Santa for dolls. To our surprise, she has named all her new dolls ‘Lucie’, from swimming. She takes them into the bath and teaches them swimming, just like Lucie has taught her!
While on holidays, our three year old daughter fell into the pool without floaties on. As we got to her, to our surprise she was already using the technique she had learned here at Paul Sadler called the ‘safety circle’. It was that valuable skill that helped our daughter that day and we cannot emphasise the importance of teaching your child to swim and survive enough.
Thank you Paul Sadler Swimland.
About a year ago, my daughter and I had a scare elsewhere in the water, which meant that at first I was a little hesitant to give Evie the independence in the water that she needed. However, with the encouragement of Evie’s teacher, Mel, we have progressed enormously in just two terms.
The teachers at Paul Sadler really understand how to push Evie to her limits without making her or me feel uncomfortable. Mel often uses Evie to demonstrate each activity and I see that this really encourages her to do her best and progress on to the next stage.
Evie gains more confidence every week. As a mum, of course I’m extremely proud of Evie, and all the staff at Paul Sadler just really make my day.
While we were on holiday in Bali, our daughter Amelia was being looked after. We forgot to point out that she needed her arm floaties on if she was to go swimming and Amelia went down the water slide without her floaties. Luckily, she managed to swim herself to safety, and was okay. Without the swimming lessons she has had this year, she would not have been able to get back to the edge safely. Thank you Paul Sadler Swimland.
Last month, my 21 month old son, Connor, was outside with his father on a Sunday afternoon playing in the garden.
Connor, being an inquisitive little boy who loves water, decided to investigate the waterfall to our swimming pool. All of sudden, his father heard a splash and Connor was in the pool, fully clothed. He was dressed in a heavy warm coat, pants, top and runners.
The next thing that happened amazed his father. Connor didn’t panic; he popped up out of the water, dog paddled to the side of the pool to where his father was and lifted himself out of the pool!
One of the best decisions we have made is enrolling Connor in weekly swimming lessons with the Swordy Tot Program at Paul Sadler Swimland!
While helping his Nanny clean the pool, my three year old son, Brody, lent over too far and fell into the pool – fully clothed. Brody immediately started treading water and managed to keep himself up until Nanny helped him out.
Without his weekly swimming lessons at Paul Sadler Swimland, the outcome may have been very different.
I had taken Charlotte (two years old) and her sister, who also swims at Paul Sadler, to the local pool for a swim. Charlotte decided to follow her sister into the big pool without any floatation devices on. I found her doing her safety circles and treading water in the big pool. It took a matter of about 15 to 20 seconds before I knew where she was, and I was able to get to her in time before she went under water.
I truly believe that the techniques taught during her swimming lessons, keeping in mind that this is her first year of leaning to swim, kept her above water long enough for me to get to her. This would have to be the best swim school I have ever come across.
Thank you again for teaching us life saving techniques!
Taylah started at Paul Sadler after having had a terrible experience with water. Due to that experience, Taylah developed a deep fear of putting her face into the water. During her very early lessons, Taylah would scream and cry, sometimes with tears running down her face the entire lesson.
On several occasions we considered stopping her swimming lessons all together. However, her teacher encouraged us to continue and reassured us that, as her ability grew, so would her confidence. This turned out to be the best advice that we could have been given.
Through the perseverance and support of Taylah’s teacher, and the consistency of weekly lessons, in just a few short months her outlook on swimming completely changed. She learnt to not just like swimming, but to love swimming.
When my son started swimming on his own and cried, I felt terrible: terrible for the other parents whose children were in his class and terrible for the teacher. But the swim Instructors at Paul Sadler were fantastically skilled and they helped settle him by providing extra support while still running the class. After a few weeks he settled and now he loves coming back each week. I am glad I stuck it out and now I get to watch him improve each week.
My daughter Amelia didn’t like to come to swimming because she was scared; she would cry when she was in the water and wouldn’t do anything independently. But, by continuing to bring Amelia to swimming, and with the excellent help from the teachers and Deck Supervisors, Amelia has overcome her fears and has now gained confidence in the pool. Amelia just received her Swordy Blue certificate and I couldn’t be prouder of her!
When my son first started at Paul Sadler Swimland he was very anxious about getting into the pool, especially as I was not getting in with him. After many battles, tantrums and crying, eventually the great instructors got him comfortable in the pool. Now, every Tuesday I know that from the minute he wakes up the conversation about swimming will start. With the support of all the staff I now have a happy son who looks forward to swimming.
My son started at age 3 and was very apprehensive about the lessons but the staff on deck at the pool were by my side right from the start helping both my son and I with the transition which I very much appreciated. The small class sizes and skills based approach to progressing through the swim levels ensures each child is constantly improving and learning new things, not just moving from level to level based on age. At 3.5 and 5.5 years old, I am amazed with what my kids have learned in the program. Each instructor we have had has been great at working with kids and it is clear that the staff are well trained and take a consistent approach with the lessonsWe know a lot of families who have joined Paul Sadler and I don’t think I have heard a single negative comment from anyone I know about the quality of the program and instructors and I would highly recommend it to anyone.
Deck Supervisors are the super friendly staff in the red shirts on pool deck. They are there to answer any questions you have about your swimmer‘s progress or about our program and to support our teachers to provide great lessons. They love to talk swimming, so please go and see them if you have any queries.
It is proven that low stress levels increase coordination, so at Swimland, we encourage low stress with the use of teaching aids (floaties, back bubbles, kickboards, noodles etc). As a child becomes more confident, and therefore less stressed, we reduce the amount of teaching aids the child uses. We have also found that swimmers who are less stressed progress faster.
Our swimmers still have plenty of aid-free time, and we practise safety circles to teach the children how to swim back to the edge of the pool without help in case they were to fall in.
Coming to swimming lessons once a week, on a year round basis, is awesome for swimmer progress. Swimming every week, all year round, will see your child really develop and get the most out of the fun programs we offer.
On average, it takes around 20 lessons to achieve the next certificate, but sometimes it can take a little longer. Every child is different, and it’s important for parents to remember that some skills will come easily to their child while others will be a little more challenging.
If your swimmer has been at the same level for a while or is finding a skill a little difficult, our Deck Supervisor will talk to you about some strategies to help them move forward and will be working with your teacher to ensure your swimmer continues to progress. At Swimland, we will always offer extra support to those who need it.
Our Deck Supervisors constantly monitor the progress of all children participating in lessons. They are a great resource for parents who want regular updates, as they have the experience and, importantly, the time to answer any questions you may have. The Deck supervisor can also chat with the teacher about any specific queries you may have and get back to you with the answer.
We provide all of the equipment and teaching aids you and your child need to have a great, fun lesson. All you need to bring is bathers, a towel and goggles for swimmers at Maxi-Pink level or above
Little ones under three should also wear either a swim nappy or swim wear that is firm fitting around the legs.
Paul Sadler Swimland Australia resumes lessons for 2015 on Monday January 19.
Paul Sadler Swimland Canada resumes lessons on Monday January 12.
We look forward to seeing you all then!
At Paul Sadler Swimland we hear a number of different reasons why parents choose to give their children a break from swimming when starting school. Before making this decision, we encourage parents to consider the follow benefits of continuing swimming at this important time of their child’s development.
20 children aged 0-4 drowned between 1 July 2013 and 30 June 2014 (Royal Life Saving Society Australia, 2014). Of these 20 children, 14 drowned in swimming pools but the other six children did not (Royal Life Saving Society Australia, 2014). There are many hazards that pose a potential risk to young children around the home, some of which may surprise you.
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