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Water orientation classes

For ages 6 months to 3.5 - 4 years

Classes are designed to be fun for both child and adult; the focus is enjoying being in the water whilst developing water awareness and the fundamental aquatic skills. Parents are important: you are safe and known bridge for your child. Remember that you are learning too! You'll learn how assist your child in the water and to help your child progress at their own pace. As your child grows in confidence and skill, you'll learn how to modify the activities in the class to further develop aquatic skills in preparation for transitioning your child into learn to swim classes.

• Parents/care-givers are required to be in the water with their child. There are 8 parents/children per class.
• Class times: Mon - Sat: 9:30am, 10:30am, 11:30am

Cost for Term 1, 2018:
(Equivalent to $12/lesson)
$120 for the term (however, this term has a few public holidays - no lessons - so please contact us for correct pricing for your day)

These classes are suitable for all babies and toddlers and children up to 4 who are not yet ready for independent classes.

Are you wondering if your child is ready for independent classes?

Many parents wonder when their child is ready to be in an independent class. This information aims to address some common questions that arise at this time. As a basic guide, readiness for independent classes usually occurs between 3.5- 4.5yrs, however there are other important factors to consider.

Readiness
Your child needs to demonstrate readiness to transition into independent classes. They need to have developed the social, emotional and communication skills to cope independently in the water. Your child needs to demonstrate the points below:
1. Willingness to separate from caregiver
2. Able to take instruction from the teacher. Be able to focus on the task provided.
3. Ability to wait their turn. This demonstrates empathy needed to be able to function in a group. It requires patience, an ability to delay wants and a preparedness to follow rules. This is a developmental stage that happens sometime between 3.5 – 4.5 years of age.
4. Be readily submerging and/or reasonably comfortable in the water.

Waiting until your child is ready increases the likelihood of a smooth and enjoyable transition. Putting a child up or starting them in independent classes before they are ready may cause regression or they may not progress as quickly as they would do if they were still in water orientation. Most importantly, they may not enjoy swimming lessons.

In monetary terms, lessons for a child kept in water orientation until they are ready will cost less than lessons for a child who has been put up too early.

If your child is not yet ready for independent class but is happy and enjoying water orientation classes, there is no problem. Just relax, keep bringing your child and enjoy your time together.

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