At What Age Should I Enrol My Child For Swimming Lessons?
The sooner the better for both you and your child. Swimming promotes water awareness and confidence in the water. This assists in development, co ordination, listening skills, team work, socialising, fitness and a healthy lifestyle.
Why Should I Enrol My Child For Swimming Lessons?
Other than the above mentioned….
For your peace of mind that your child is trained in an essential life saving skill and approaches a swimming pool, river, lake or dam with caution and respect. Everyone should learn how to swim!
What If My Child Cries?
Crying can be expected as children are learning and discovering their abilities and boundaries in a water environment that is unfamiliar to them. We forget how naturally things come to us and forget about the learning steps we ourselves had to go through. Crying is allowed, and the instructor is trained to deal with these situations. Your reassurances will also help to place your child at ease is also welcomed. Please be patient with your child’s progress and persistent with swimming lessons as in time your child will take you by surprise and prove he/she can do it. The confidence and joy expressed by your child upon achieving success is a wonderful reward for your patience.
What Do I Need To Bring?
A suitable swimming costume Swimming towel Swimming cap (must be worn at every lessons) Swimming Nappy (baby classes) (AQUAFIT: Water to keep yourself hydrated)
What Can I Expect At My First Lesson?
Depending on the age of your child, some may cry, some may be scared, others may be excited and eager to get in the water. The instructor will introduce him/herself to the class and introduce each child to his/ her fellow swimmers. The rules and boundaries will be explained. The class will move at a slow pace allowing the instructor to get a feel for and indication of the child’s confidence and ability as well as allowing the child to take everything in and have an enjoyable swimming experience.
How Long Until My Child Or I Can Swim?
That is a common question and the answer is simple…. Your progress will depend on your, or your child’s learning progress, abilities and confidence. Everyone is unique and we all learn differently to one another. What is important is mastering a skill until you are confident and ready to move onto the next skill / level. Don’t judge yourself against your fellow swimmers, focus on and be proud of what you have already accomplished for yourself. These training sessions are not “a race” and anything thats worthy of learning always takes time.
Should I Buy Goggles?
Unless there is a specific reason such as eye infections / contact lenses then NO. Children and adults need to learn to swim without goggles, getting used to having to see through blurry vision as well as the feeling of water in the eyes. Remember when a child falls into the water, they aren’t equipped with such things as goggles, therefore learning to swim without goggles prepares any person for the unexpected scenario and reduces the potential for panic.
Will Swimming Make My Child Sick?
In my years of swimming I have never been sick due to swimming lessons. I have fallen ill due to sick children attending swimming lessons, through coughing and sneezing in close proximity. Provided you wrap yourself or your child up warm after his / her lesson (especially in winter) your child will not get sick! We encourage parents to keep their sick children at home.
Are Your Instructors And Staff Qualified?
Yes, definitely! With the risk and dangers of swimming and working with children it is imperative and compulsory that all instructors and staff undergo strict training and related courses. All instructors hold a Swim South Africa Certification, a First Aid and CPR certification. In addition, they are required to have a valid police clearance certificate and personal liability insurance. Instructors who have taken their qualifications further are viewable at our offices upon request.
When Should My Child Not Swim?
When they are sick/ not feeling well, have pink eye, ring worm, any colds or flu symptoms, fever, open wounds, or anything contagious. Rather keep them at home so they can recover quickly and return to swimming lessons healthy and happy.
Why Should I Swim Through Winter?
It keeps you fit and healthy, you continue to progress (practice makes perfect). It has been proven that missing swimming lessons for a long period of time sets you back, having to relearn skills, can affect your or your child’s confidence. There are heaters and hairdryers in the change rooms to keep you warm plus our pool water sits at a toasty 3’C. Another good reason is that you keep your spot and don’t have to pay a rejoining fee.
My Child Has Grommets?
Please seek your Doctors expert advice, allowing you or your child to partake in swimming lessons. We do have many children that swim with grommets, ear plugs may be worn during the lesson.
Do You Swim Through Lightning?
No, Never! The presence of any lightning is taken seriously. Vorn’s Lifeguards has gone through safety precautions to ensure swimmers are safe during the stormy seasons. We use a trusted and popular device called StrikeAlert, which informs us when it is safe to get in the water and when swimming becomes dangerous. It allows us to determine if the storm is coming towards us or if the storm is moving away. No instructor will put their life or a Childs life in danger, safety is ALWAYS a PRIORITY at Vorn’s Lifeguards! Please be assured that our decisions are always focused on the well being and best interests of our clients. (Lightning is an act of Mother nature, it is not something we can control)
Do You Offer Make Up Lessons?
Yes we do. Make up lessons are provided on a Doctors note. We cannot offer make up lessons for Overseas holiday trips, School sports days / orientation days / concerts, Kids parties as we are open and running. A maximum of 2 make up lessons per child per month will be accomodated.
What Is A Holding Fee?
A holding fee is a great way to secure your child’s swimming space if you would like to put your lessons on hold should you wish to hold off lessons for winter or if you are aware that you will be away for a long period of time. A holding fee ensures your space is secured for when you return. You do not even need to inform us of your return, you may just arrive as normal and we will be ready for you. There is a different holding fee for weekday swimmers and for Saturday swimmers, please get in touch with us to find out more info.