Water Safety – Supervision


As the weather warms up and the beach and pools become crowded we are reminded that an imperative part of water safety is supervision.
Children are curious about water and even the most timid child can find themselves in danger.

We see a great deal of swimmers at our centre and some have had confronting experiences when it comes to being in the water in a social environment. We want to remind our wonderful families that when swimming with your little ones please always ensure someone is actively watching and within arms reach.

Also remember that the floatation aids used in classes are used as a teaching aid and while a child may be able to swim for a number of laps or even a number of seconds with a particular floatation device during classes, this is very different to swimming for a number of hours with your family. Even if your children are capable swimmers, please watch for signs that they are getting tired and provide additional floatation or give them an opportunity to rest.

It’s not only our little ones we need to supervise, it’s a good time of year to remind the adults in our lives that regardless of how strong a swimmer they may be, swimming alone is dangerous. Cramps, injuries and fatigue can all play a part in a very strong swimmer soon finding themselves in trouble.

We hope our families enjoy the warmer weather and help us spread the word about supervision and water safety!

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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.