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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.
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.
We are so grateful to have the Paul Sadler Swim Club available for our son Kade. We enrolled him in Swordy Tots when he was 10 months old and can’t believe what a little swimmer he has become! At just over 2 years old he is confident in the water and loves showing off his doggie paddle and especially turning around to find Mom and swim to her.
More than the swimming skills though, we love that he knows how to enter and exit the water safely and can rest a bit more easily while on vacation where a swimming pool could be in the back yardIn addition to the actual programming provided by Swimland, we are thoroughly impressed by Alana and the rest of the staff. We are always met with a smile and even when our 2 year old is having a tough time focusing or is just “being a 2 year old” we feel supported as parents and often still take away knowledge to apply next time.
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.
Hi, just a note to thank the staff on Saturday who helped Archie Taylor to settle in to the “3 year old pool” – his first lesson without graham or myself in the pool. Having that extra staff member to provide some one on one time really helped him adjust and he was really happy with himself after the lesson.
Both our boys James and Archie have thrived in their lessons with you. In taking them to pools and beach over summer their water confidence has soared. It was also great to see them use some of the water safe practices they have learnt in lessons.
My daughter, Natalia, started swimming at Paul Sadler Swimland Carrum Downs in February 2013 aged 5 and a half.
She had never been in a swimming pool before, her only experience with water was baths and the beach a few times. At the beginning she was quite scared of water and lacked confidence.
I’m absolutely amazed and proud of how far Natalia has come. In only 13 months, she has gotten 7 certificates and is now aiming for her Maxi Blue certificate.
She has gained so much confidence and loves coming to her swimming lessons. Her teachers have been fantastic and are also amazed at how quickly she has progressed so far.
Well done Natalia! We are so proud of you!
After a big scare with my son, Lachlan at 2 years old, I almost pulled my son out of swimming lessons. But the help and guidance of the staff at Paul Sadler Swimland Melton has been invaluable.
They have gone out of their way, sometimes spending the whole lesson helping us build the skills my son needs to finally move into the three year old class. So happy with the assistance we have been given!
Luke started swimming in Swimland’s Swordy Tot Program at a young age. He loved his swimming and moved up to swim on his own once he was three years old. However, after years of success and progress, Luke suddenly developed a fear of treading water.
This sudden fear very quickly escalated to everything swimming related, and he would only swim with four floaties and a belt (he had previously swum with much less floatation). We had tears, tantrums and very little progress from week to week, and had no idea why.
After many weeks of help and dedication from the teaching and deck staff at Swimland Rowville, Luke is now back to swimming with only two floaties. He is jumping in the pool, treading water and, best of all, – smiling!
We are so stoked and as a reward we bought him ‘gobbles’ to use in his cousin’s pool this weekend.
We want to say a big thank you to Mitch and Beccy for spending time with Luke to help him overcome his fear and enjoy swimming again.
We just wanted to let you all know how grateful we are that Lachlan and Lindsay love coming to swimming every week. They are doing things beyond our expectations in their first year and that’s simply because of your hard work and dedication to the kids.
You may or may not know that we were turned away from the first swimming school that the children had an assessment at and told to perhaps find a special needs swimming schoo. I was hurt and had experienced my first taste of rejection with my children that are a little bit outside the box of the norm. I decided that maybe it wasn’t the right time.
Months later I was walking through Fountain Gate and saw a Paul Saddler stand with two very sweet girls behind it I threw caution to the wind and decided to ask them about the school and whether they took special needs children, they said they did. Not convinced I asked them if they were sure and explained that one child is extremely scared of the water and the other may not learn very quickly or pay much attention to what you are saying, this didn’t deter them and they said we should come along for an assessment.
The rest is of course history and here we are 12 months on with a little girl who is progressing like any typical child in her swimming classes and a little boy who can’t stop smiling each Thursday night. We are over the moon with that!!
We were given a gift in the form an amazing teacher, Katie, who had the right amount of discipline mixed with play and she transformed Lindsay into a little girl whose water confidence is now awesome. She really has a way of helping them over come their fear and love the water which is an amazing place to start. Sitting on the side lines I know it wasn’t easy with the twins but she persevered and we are so very grateful.
Then there is Lachlan, in a world of his own but she ever so quickly figured out what made him tick, how far to push him and how much freedom to give him to keep him focused. We are in awe of her efforts and so incredibly happy to watch him make his tiny steps to understanding what she is asking of him. We are simply over the moon with his progress.
We are of course equally happy with Lindsay’s new group and teacher Sheniece and she is doing really well in that class too.
So please all keep doing what you do so well with all the children that come through your door as you are changing lives every time you step into the water, you’ve certainly changed ours.
From our family to yours,
All Our love,
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.
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.
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.
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