Category: Kids Stroke Development

PASS Class is for all Learn to Swim (LTS) and Stroke Development levels. That’s from our Starfish all the way up to Orca levels.

One of the main reasons parents enrol their children with Aquabliss is safety. Our popular PASS Class, held twice a year, plays a key role in reinforcing and boosting swim survival skills.

What is PASS Class?

Personal Aquatic Survival Skills (PASS), such as sculling, treading water, floating, safe entry and exit from the water, along with basic swimming skills, are regularly taught in our classes.

We know that kids learn by repetition. So our PASS Class is a critical component of the Aquabliss curriculum because swim survival skills already learnt will be consolidated and refreshed.

Plus, where relevant, (and age-appropriate), new skills will be introduced. Such as techniques for clothed swimming survival. For most classes, there will also be mock rescue and emergency simulations. Then those new skills will need to be reinforced at the next PASS Class. It’s that all-important repetition factor again…. and again… and again.

Teaching kids how to save themselves [and not panic] if they find themselves in a risky situation is sooooo important. With more practice, a child is more likely to quickly recall the skills learnt and less likely to panic.

No child will be forced to do anything they’re not comfortable with. If a child prefers to sit on the pool edge and observe, that’s ok, because they’re still learning by watching others.

PASS Class is important no matter the season

Water rules will also be discussed, focusing on the risks of the season. The risk of drowning isn’t over when summer ends. Kids are around water all year round. Riding a bike next to a river, watching the ducks at the pond or going fishing with Dad. Some of you might be lucky enough to enjoy a winter holiday somewhere warm, with access to a pool or the beach.

In the cooler months, your kids will also be wearing more clothes. You know how heavy clothes get when wet. And, of course in summer, well, the risks increase because kids are around water more often. So, no matter what time of year it is, PASS Class is important.

These key swim survival skills, consolidated in our PASS Class, should be practised more than once a year. Yep, there’s that repetition factor again!

Why are kids encouraged to wear clothes in the pool?

Water-related accidents or drownings don’t always happen when a child is in their swimmers. So it’s really important they learn survival swimming strokes and skills while wearing clothes.

One objective, even for the real young ‘uns, is to give kids the chance to know what it feels like to be clothed in water. To experience how heavier the clothes feel when wet, and how harder it is to swim in clothes.

Falling into a pool of water with clothes on can produce fear and hysteria in an otherwise calm swimmer. Sometimes one minor thing (such as not being in swimmers) can throw a child completely off and cause them to forget the skills they’ve learnt.

Remember – no child will be forced to do anything. But we hope most will feel confident to enter the pool, in a controlled environment, wearing their clothes. As PASS Class is all about saving lives, a suggestion to wear any superhero clothes or PJs might help any nervous tiny tots.

No extra costs

During the scheduled week, classes will just be run a little differently than usual. This provides a vital opportunity to focus on water safety and education. To really focus on swim survival skills, which could ultimately save a child’s life.

More information will be emailed

We always send out emails and SMS notifications to our customers closer to the date, including what to bring and how to prepare swimmers for a different kind of lesson.

Don’t miss out

PASS Class is only available to enrolled students. Not enrolled? Then contact us so we can welcome you into the Aquabliss family!

For existing customers who don’t already have the dates in their diary, get in touch and we’ll let you know what days and times to block out in your calendar so your kids don’t miss this really important class. Usually held twice a year, in February and September!

As parents, we all know how pervasive screens are in our child’s world. Keeping little ones off screens of all shapes and sizes is almost a full-time job. Studies show that contrary to their name, smartphones can make us less smart, less social, and more forgetful, as well as tired and depressed. On top of this awful wrap, they’re also causing our kids to jump from task to task, negatively affecting memory and concentration. Now with the new screen time recommendations outlined below, there’s even more motivation to find alternative activities for your kids.

Screen Time Stats

Based on The Australian National Physical Activity and Sedentary Guidelines, their 2019 recommendations:

  • For kids under 2 years of age, the standard is zero screen time; that’s right – none – zilch. This includes exposure to all types of media, like TV, electronic devices, DVDs, computers and video gaming.
  • For kids 2-5 years of age, the standard is less than 1 hour of screen time per day. Same as above – that means only 60 minutes of exposure to all media types.
  • For kids 5-17 years of age, the standard is less than 2 hours of screen time per day. Again, the same parameters as above apply.

Do As I Do

When you take away excess screen time, you’ll find an activity hole you need to help fill. Why not help your kids develop a love for swimming and being in the water which they can carry with them throughout their lives. The ultimate goal is to foster kids who are confident in the water. When you raise kids to love swimming, they’ll naturally choose to spend time in the water over spending time in front of a screen.

The Water Works

There are many things swimming can do that devices don’t. For one thing, swimming lessons encourage kids to listen to instructions actively and concentrate on one thing at a time. In this watery learning environment, you often need to work with others, as well as work together to achieve goals. And speaking of goals, swimming can help kids and teens learn to set them effectively; weekly practise motivates swimmers to reach their ambitions in the water. Learning to swim is all about self-motivation. Kids get to know their strengths, and these then extend to life out of the water.

Socially Speaking

Swimming is a sport that boosts confidence, and the earlier kids learn, the more confidence is fostered. Learning swimming skills is excellent for self-assurance because it encourages independence. Little swimmers also gain robust visual-motor skills, which resonate with their out-of-water adeptness like cutting and colouring-in. Being on devices can be detrimental for your child’s confidence; the constant comparisons and exposure to other people’s ‘highlights reel’ can crush self-assurance. When kids have solid swimming foundations, it opens up more social situations, to hang out at the beach or pool with friends and family; less reasons to hide behind a screen.

Mental Health

Whereas screens can aggravate stress and anxiety, swimming can reduce both. Due to its repetitive nature, swimming can put little ones on autopilot, helping them let go of their worries and hush their thoughts. It also encourages the release of endorphins, which generates a feeling of calm, as does the sensation of weightlessness. And by tiring your kids and teens out by swimming – they’ll sleep better.

Turning off the tablet in favour of taking tumble turns in the water is infinitely more beneficial in both the short and long-term. Take the plunge and book your next lesson with us today! Get in touch.

Swimming more than once a week has shown great improvements in our student’s swimming capabilities.

We have found that an increase in attendance has shown several measurable benefits. These benefits can help with your child’s swimming progression and overall confidence on their journey to “learning to swim well”. And to help you fund extra lessons, click here to have a look at the discounts we offer.

See below to find out what some of these benefits are and how they can help with your child’s swimming progression.

1. Helps fast-track your child’s progression

From our experience, we have seen a massive difference between our students who swim more than once a week. This will allow your child to perfect the same skill over and over again. Repetition is key to succeeding as a strong swimmer!

2. Helps build familiarity in the pool

Coming to the pool more often allows your child to become more familiar with their surroundings. Having this familiarity will enable them to feel comfortable, and as a result, they will feel safe in our pools. This feeling of comfort will help them learn new skills easily and will help the overall, smooth running of the class.

3. Helps prepare for upcoming events

Most of our students participate in school carnivals and other curricular activities held in the Spring and Summer period. Swimming more than once a week will help prepare them for these events. It will make them feel confident and excited to participate.

4. Helps nourish student-teacher bonding

Coming in for more lessons during the week helps build a strong bond between students and their Instructors. A big part of learning how to swim effectively lies in how comfortable children are with their Instructors. By building a stronger bond with their Instructors, children will not only trust the process and progress quicker, but they will also love coming to class.

5. Helps children stay active and healthy

Swimming more often during the week will help keep your child off their iPads and in the pool, keeping them active. Swimming frequently has been shown to help build endurance, strength, and can help your child maintain a healthy weight, a healthy heart and healthy lungs.

6. Helps maximise their understanding of safety

With all of our classes, we reinforce the importance of swim safety through our teaching. Having your child take lessons more regularly means they will gain a greater and quicker understanding of safety, and practicing these skills will ensure your child is safe in the water at all times.

7. Helps with social interaction

More lessons during a week help children feel comfortable and familiar being in group settings. Interacting with other children in the same level frequently, will give your child that boost of confidence in the water and will make coming to class a lot more enjoyable.

So, don’t miss out on these great benefits and on this great discount! Get in touch to book more lessons.