The age and ability of your child will affect where we think they’re best placed to continue their swim education. We can assess your child on site to ensure they end up in the right class for their ability. When they’re ready to move up a class, we’ll let you know.
Children’s learning abilities develop at different rates and what is normal for one child, isn’t for another. No child will make constant and equal progress at every lesson, as learning isn’t a linear process but a curve. As long as you commit to bringing your child in for their lessons and encourage them in their endeavours, we can guarantee you’ll see improvement.
Although we work hard to be consistent, we can’t always guarantee that the same instructor will be available. Rest assured, all of our instructors are highly skilled in water safety, first aid and, most importantly, best practices in providing learning to swim instruction.
We offer classes for children as young as six months old, as we believe that the earlier you introduce your children to the water, the better. However, just because your child may be older does not mean they’ve missed out.
Swimming lessons should be a consistent, long term process and not something that will ‘finish’. We think it’s important that your child attends at least once a week, consistently for several years and that they work towards the goal of swimming being a lifelong skill. Swimming lessons are a foundation to be built on, regardless of whether your child joins a squad, plays an aquatic sport like water polo or just likes hanging out at the beach on the weekend.
By high school, most children will be confident, capable swimmers that perhaps do not need regular lessons outside of what their school offers through their physical education program. We believe that if a child can swim 400 metres with good technique, without stopping or becoming exhausted, then they are a capable swimmer.
Adults who are learning to swim should commit to consistently showing up to class, as this is the only way to progress. Some adults will take to the water quickly, while others, particular those who have had a traumatic water-related experience in their past, will take more time to become comfortable in the water.
We assess each swimmer during their initial visit. We then assess each individual’s development each session, to allow each swimmer progress optimally. It is important for our students to commit themselves to consistently showing up to allow our instructors to continually encourage, assess, and help develop their skills in the water.
Swimming is a year-round activity and not restricted to sunny days. We believe that the best way to become a strong, confident swimmer is to show up consistently to the pool and give it your best. Not practising during winter can be detrimental to the skills we are trying to teach younger swimmers and can affect the fitness of older swimmers. We ensure the pools we train in are sheltered and heated, however we recommend bringing a clean, dry change of clothes for after swimming lessons.
While goggles are technically optional, we highly recommend them for children learning to swim, as it encourages them to put their heads underwater and helps improve their technique when learning new strokes.
Yes, Children don’t have the fine motor skills or muscle strength until the age of three to support themselves in the water and require physical manipulation to help develop these by the age of three. It’s not essential that a parent attends these classes. Babysitters, nannies and extended family are all welcome to act as the baby’s carer if you’re unable to – however parents who attend Bondibubs say that it’s a fantastic bonding experience for them and their child.
We do not offer make up classes. However we offer a suspension of your swim lesson with notification one week prior. The suspension fee is $8/lesson with the remainder of the swim fee being credited to your swim account.