Swordy 1km Swims and Gold Swims


Good luck to all of our swimmers attempting their Swordy 1km Swims or Gold Swims in the coming month!

The Swordy 1km swim day is an incredible event to be a part of and is a day full of mixed emotions, including excitement, nervousness, pride and exhaustion. The supportive atmosphere brings out the best in the swimmers and leaves them buzzing.

Before a swimmer can attempt their 1km swim, they have to complete a 750m timed swim during their regular lesson. Swimming 1km non-stop is an enormous achievement and we are incredibly proud of all of our swimmers who take to the pool to complete the swim.

Every swimmer who is successful on the day will get to stand up on the dais and receive their 1km medal in front of their peers and spectators.
The Gold Swims are the next challenge for swimmers who have achieved their 1km medal, and consist of 3km, 5km, 7km, 10km or 5 hours non-stop swims! Our swimmers attend extra training sessions in the lead up to the day as well as concentrate on what to eat and drink to fuel their swim!

Each swimmer who completes a Gold swim receives a Gold certificate and Trophy and if you swim a 5km, 7km, 10km or 5-hour swim you also receive a special Gold swim t-shirt.
These kinds of swims require serious dedication and commitment from our swimmers. It takes years of learning and months of training. For their wonderful parents, it takes support and commitment, bringing their child to lessons each week to ensure they are able to reach these incredible achievements.

The distance swims are very important milestones along the Paul Sadler Swimland Journey and ones we are proud we can offer our swimmers.

Good Luck swimmers, we know you can do it!

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Why Swimland?

What is a Deck Supervisor?

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.

Why do we use teaching aids?

There are many ways to teach children about safety in water. Our approach, using flotation as a teaching aid, has produced excellent results.

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.

How often should my child come to swimming lessons?

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.


How long does it take to learn to swim?

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.

How do I contact my child’s teacher?

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.

What should I bring to swimming lessons?

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.