Swimming

Older Australians Drowning

A Disturbing Trend in Drowning Statistics in Australia While the media coverage of drowning incidents tends to focus on the tragic loss of young lives, a disturbing trend in the number of deaths of older Australians (55+ years) by drowning has emerged in recent years. Last year, more than 100 adults aged over 55 drowned –…

Flotation Aids

Flotation Aids There is no debate the #1 reason parents enroll their children in swimming lessons is to enhance their child’s safety in and around the water. However, before, during and even upon completion of the learn-to-swim process, parents may consider having their child use a flotation aid as means to provide added security against…

Social Development and Swimming

The physical benefits for children of swimming at all levels, from birth through to competitive swimming, are numerous and well known. Less well known perhaps, is that swimming serves as a wonderful aid to the development of the social skills and behaviours of the child. Infant, toddler and pre-school swim classes provide the child with…

High School Squad Swimming: Why You Should Encourage Your Child to Continue Swimming Lessons in High School

High School Squad Swimming Early teens and high-school students are spending less time participating in physical exercise, and indications suggest that this age group is engaging or playing sport for less than an hour a week. When it comes to the pool, a significant decline in participation is recorded in children of the primary to…

Toddler & Pre-School Aquatics

Are Swimming Lessons  Beneficial  For Toddlers & Pre-Schoolers? Toddler and pre-school aquatic programs (13 months to 4 year age bracket) afford an opportunity to introduce young children to the associated joys and risks of being in or around water. These lessons conducted within these programs generally focus on developing water familiarisation and confidence and learn-to-swim…

Dangers of Bath Aids

Bath aids are used to support infants while in a bath Baby bath seats and other aids are designed to keep a baby’s head up and out of the water, leaving a carer’s hands free to wash their infant and often easing the strain on the carers’ back. A range of bath aids specific to…

Major Causes Of Drowning At Home

Causes Of Drowning Many parents are well aware of the potential dangers that residential swimming pools and bathtubs pose to children of all ages. However, even if you don’t own a pool, there are less obvious drowning hazards that might be overlooked by discerning parents wanting to provide a safe environment in which to raise…

Child Drowning Prevention and Safety – Top 10 Tips for Safer Holiday Swimming

Stay Safe These Holidays at Home and Away Summer holidays are fast approaching– soon our children will have finished school for yet another year! For many of us, at least some of the Xmas school holiday period is spent away from home visiting relatives or catching up with family and friends, and of course enjoying…

Hampton & School Lessons: An essential partnership

There can be a distinct difference between school swimming and a Hampton Learn to Swim Class. School Swimming Swimming at school is a component of the Health & Physical Education classes. We provide our expert Teachers to several local schools as Teacher Aides for these programs and wholeheartedly support them as a complimentary addition to…

TEAM ACCELERATE IS HERE!

We are excited to welcome you to our NEW squad swimming program for children and adults of all ages. TEAM ACCELERATE, launching at Hampton Swim School on Monday 31 July! The Top 10 of TEAM ACCELERATE: The brand new squad swimming program at Hampton Swim School to replace the existing Junior, Intermediate and  High Performance…

Swimming Lessons When Sick: When You Should Keep Your Kids at Home for Everybody’s Sake

It’s not always easy to know whether your child should attend swimming lessons when sick, or stay home. That’s because ‘sickness’ in children can mean anything from a dry, week-old cough, to a fever, or even full-blown vomiting and diarrhoea. So to help make your decision easier, we’ve outlined below when you should keep your…

Pool Supervision Essentials For Parents

Pool Supervision Essentials  Everybody needs to remember not to be complacent about SUPERVISION as the primary layer of protection in the prevention of drowning. Vigilance is required, no matter how confident a young swimmer may be. Home pools are becoming more common every day. It is estimated now that more than 1 in 5 Australian homes…

When is my Child Ready to Stop Swimming Lessons?

Oftentimes parents will assess the suitability of continuing swimming lessons. This usually happens several years after a child has begun swimming lessons, often at one of two critical points. The first being, the point in which the child has reached a level of competence, and the parent believes the child is now ‘water-safe’. The second,…

The Life-Long Benefits of Childhood Swimming: 7 Reasons to Learn to Swim Early in Life

Kids swimming lessons teach life skills that aren’t limited to the pool. As a child revels in their progress and success, they will gain a confidence within themselves that continues once they step out of the water and into other aspects of their lives. Swimming lessons are also a great for promoting teamwork, trust in others…

Want learning experiences that promote physical development in toddlers?

Swimming lessons offer so many benefits for toddlers. Firstly, there’s the big one: learning a skill that may save their life. But there are also many physical and cognitive benefits. So if you’re looking for learning experiences that promote physical development in toddlers, swimming classes at Hampton Swim School is one of the best things…

How swimming lessons help with other sports and improve performance

Most people don’t know this little secret—but swimming lessons can help kids perform well in other sports. But not just kids: swimming lessons can improve performance in sports for people of all ages, including professional athletes. Swimming has many health-and-fitness benefits and helps build coordination skills. With regular swimming lessons, your child will find other…

How swimming lessons help children transition to daycare and school

When your child starts daycare, preschool or school, it can be a challenging time of change for them. And let’s face it—for us parents too! In times of change and uncertainty, kids thrive on some stability and familiarity. So, if your child is already in swimming lessons, we’d recommend keeping them in these classes as…

How swim lessons help your child to learn at school

If your child is having learning difficulties at school, your first instinct might be to pull them out of their existing extracurricular activities to ‘give them more time’. This makes sense in theory, but not always in practice. In this post we’ll explore how swim lessons help your child to learn at school. Giving your…

Why is swimming good for asthmatics? Does swimming reduce asthma symptoms?

Exercise plays a vital role in leading a healthy, balanced life. This is especially the case for asthma sufferers, as keeping fit is an important component of successful asthma management. Swimming is not only good for asthmatics, it’s also a proof that asthma sufferers can become world-class athletes. Some of Australia’s greatest Olympic swimmers (Dawn…

Learn to Swim Week

We are proud to be in partnership with Laurie Lawrence’s, Kids Alive – Do the Five and over 500 other swim school Australia wide, as we band together to spread the message about how important it is to teach kids to swim so we can as a community can work towards zero drownings among Aussie…

CPR On a Child – Steps to Perform to Save a Child’s Life After a Life-threatening Accident

Parental CPR Responsibility The arrival of the hotter summer months and the return to the aquatic environment is usually accompanied by a sharp increase in drowning or near-drowning incidents, especially involving children of the under 5 years age bracket. The majority of these episodes occur in backyard swimming pools, and it is often a family…

Winter swimming at Hampton Swim School

Winter Swimming –It’s Benefits For Football, Netball and Hockey Playing Kids Autumn and winter are when kids tend to flock to the outdoor courts and fields across Brisbane for the usual cool weather sports. Football in all its codes – soccer, rugby league, rugby union – netball and hockey are the mainstay of so many families,…

Swimming all year at Hampton Swim School

Swimming all year – Why It’s Good to Keep Swimming Through Winter As the days get colder and shorter, swimming all year is a must through the winter months. At this time of year we all slow down a little – that’s us adults and the kids – we’re indoors more, we wear more layers of…

Catch up (Make up) Swimming Lessons at Hampton Swim School: Keep Your Child on Track With Developing Their Swimming Skills

Catch up (make up) swimming lessons – what your child is really missing out on Sickness, important social events or extended holidays can all impact your children’s swimming lessons. Any of these may mean your child needs to miss one or two lessons in a term. We completely understand. There’s no controlling when a child gets sick,…

Kids stress relief through swimming lessons at Hampton Swim School

How swimming helps with kids’ stress relief Just like us, kids get stressed and swimming is one of the best activities to help them relax and get back to feeling their usual selves again. Whether it’s the pressure of classroom learning, playground antics, starting at a new kindergarten or family changes, regular swimming will help them stay…

SwimSafer week at Hampton Swim School

Why interrupt regular swimming lessons for SwimSAFER week activities? Some parents wonder why we take a break from the children’s usual learn to swim classes to practice SwimSAFER activities. We know it’s great to see the kids learning all the skills they need to become really capable and confident swimmers whether they’re in a pool,…

Keep up skills of kids swimming lessons on summer holidays with Hampton Swim School

5 ways to keep up the skills of your kids swimming lessons while on summer holidays Ahh summer holidays – they’re a fun time to practice the skills of your kids swimming lessons while you refresh and recharge our batteries after a year of work or school or parenting. Summer holidays are essential to break…

Babies Swimming Lessons When They Don’t Like the Bath With Hampton Swim School

Why choose babies swimming lessons when your baby doesn’t like the bath Babies swimming lessons can have a wonderful effect on babies that don’t like the bath. There are some stages in many babies’ little lives where they make the move from loving water and the sensations that it offers, to not liking water at…

Kids swimming lessons water safety with Hampton Swim School

Kids Swimming Lessons Start Water Safety For Life Kids swimming lessons are gearing up ready for a long hot summer where children will have access to water everywhere – from beaches, rivers and creeks to big swimming pools and small wading pools. This makes water safety an important topic now, for children of any age.…

What To Look For In A Swim School Brisbane

What You Should Look For In A Swim School Once you have made the decision to send your kids to swim school, choosing which one in Brisbane they go needs careful consideration. It’s much easier to get it right the first time than it is to change teachers just when your child’s getting used to…

Swimming Lessons for Babies – What happens?

What happens at swimming lessons for babies?  It might surprise you! We all know that one new mum…the baby is barely born and she’s got him learning Japanese, piano and tennis!  Yes, we know what you’re thinking… but there is one lesson program that is best started early – swimming lessons for babies. “A study…

What’s Bubbling 7th June 2010

What’s Bubbling 7th June 2010 Jul 27 Written by: 27/07/2010 1:49 PM  The latest Hampton Swim School What’s Bubbling Newsletter contain information on: Fact of the Week Assessment Week Term 3 and 4 Enrolments “Like” us on Facebook to receive a FREE SWIM CAP! Claim Swim School Fees from your Health Fund Free Expo Tickets…

Summer Supervision Essentials

Summer Supervision Essentials May 24 Written by: 24/05/2010 7:05 AM  Everybody needs to remember not to be complacent about SUPERVISION as the primary layer of protection in the prevention of drowning. Vigilance is required, no matter how confident a young swimmer may be. Home pools are becoming more common every day. It is estimated now…

Year Round Swimming

Year Round Swimming Aug 18 Written by: 18/08/2010 11:04 AM  Heading into Easter marks the end of Queensland’s hotter weather, and with this change in seasons many parents choose to forego swimming lessons in favour of other winter sports or activities. WAIT! There are several critical issues to be considered by parents in respect of…

Tears for Fears

Tears for Fears Aug 18 Written by: 18/08/2010 10:59 PM  Young babies have a natural affinity to water. However, there may be times when your baby becomes restless or upset in their swimming lesson. No parent likes to see their child’s tears, and a common reaction of parents to tears in a swim lesson is…

Why Join A Swim Club?

Community Swim Clubs If you live in a neighbourhood with a school or a community pool, then chances are you have the opportunity to join a local swim club and become involved in one of Australia’s most popular sports. Swim clubs are not-for-profit organisations that are normally either run by volunteers (usually parents of swimmers)…

Learning Plateau

Learning Plateau Aug 18 Written by: 18/08/2010 11:02 PM  It is likely there will be stages during the learn-to-swim process when your child experiences a “learning plateau”. During a period of skill acquisition or technique mastery, a “learning plateau” describes the feeling or appearance that your child is making little or no progress, no matter…

Benefits of Swimming Lessons for Adults: Why Adults Should Learn To Swim

The Benefits of Adult Swimming Lessons The benefits of swimming can be enjoyed by adults as well as children. Parents should consider jumping in for their own health and fitness, as well as an opportunity to enjoy the water with their kids. In the course of teaching a babies’ class earlier this week, I demonstrated a…

Swimming Lesson Etiquette

Swim Lesson Etiquette Aug 18 Written by: 18/08/2010 11:08 PM  For parents attending their first swim lesson with their child, or for even those seasoned swim school parents – here are my Top 10 “Swim Lesson Etiquette Tips” that will help ensure your child’s lesson goes “swimmingly”! 1) Arrive early so that both you and…

Ear Infections

Ear Infections Aug 18 Written by: 18/08/2010 11:09 PM  While ear infections are common amongst infants and young children, for most they occur infrequently and the symptoms associated with the infection are generally mild in nature. However, for parents of chronic ear infection sufferers and children who are susceptible to recurring ear infections caused by…

Pregnancy & Swimming

Pregnancy & Swimming Expectant mothers often remark about the feeling of comfort evoked by immersion in water during their pregnancy. The sense of weightlessness provided by water relieves the general discomforts associated with pregnancy, and it is the perfect environment for a mother-to-be to both relax and exercise. Water-based exercise is the ideal form of…

Influential Sports Coaches

A Sports Coach Should Also Be a Mentor From humble aquatic beginnings at my local Swim Club and then subsequently through my many years of training up and down that black line in preparation for swimming for Australia, I was fortunate enough to be coached by two gentleman who, apart from their obvious contribution to…

Pool Fencing Regulations In Queensland

An adequate barrier around a swimming pool is a critical component of child drowning prevention While constant supervision of a young child around water is imperative, as any parent knows this is sometimes unachievable, and the installation of a standards-compliant pool fence represents another layer of protection that can assist in reducing the probability of…

When Not to Swim

Many parents struggle with the decision regarding whether or not they should allow their sick child to participate in their regular swim lesson. While the busy schedules of many families often make lesson rescheduling difficult, parents should consider the following advice in respect of the appropriateness of allowing an ill child to swim. Diarrhoea or…

Lap Swimming Etiquette

Lap Swimming Rules To Ensure the Workout is Safe and Enjoyable for Everyone There’s no question that the instruction provided by a coach can serve as a powerful motivation tool. However, not everyone is available to participate in set squad session times, and not everyone wants to be a part of a social swim squad or…

To Goggle or Not to Goggle

The wearing of goggles in swimming pools is commonplace and indeed goggles are often worn by children in swimming lessons from a very young age. However, it may surprise many parents to learn that the decision to have their child wear goggles is one that may potentially endanger their child’s life! Why Google are used…

Improving Technique

Improving Swimming Technique While swimming is a great sport, for many it does not come naturally, and learning how to swim efficiently requires time and commitment on the part of the individual, as well as the development of stamina and coordination. If you want to improve your swimming ability or you need some extra tips…

Swimming for the Elderly

Swimming for the Elderly Dec 2 Written by: 2/12/2010 10:35 PM  Almost all older adults, regardless of age or condition, can improve their health and independence through exercise and physical activity. Participating in regular physical exercise increases a person’s chance of living a longer and healthier life. Swimming is a fabulous form of exercise for…

Swimming vs Survival Skills for a School Aged Child

Parents are enrolling their children in water-familiarisation lessons at a younger age than ever before to ensure their child’s acclimation to the water at an early age. Also, given we inhabit a continent surrounded by coastline and live in a climate where aquatic recreation is available to many, becoming aquatically adept can be regarded as…

School Swimming Shame

School Swimming Shame Dec 2 Written by: 2/12/2010 10:58 PM  As reported recently in the media, it is estimated by the Royal Life Saving Society of Australia that nearly 1 in 5 children will leave Australian Primary Schools in a few weeks time without the required aquatic skills to swim 50m and unable to perform…