Swimming Lessons 2020 program duration extended to 20 December

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  • Splash Park and Leisure Swimming for Swimming Lessons Members

    SWIMMING LESSONS MEMBERS HAVE ACCESS TO SPLASH PARK AND LEISURE POOL 7 DAYS A WEEK

    The student enrolled in Swimming Lessons is the Member and one responsible parent/guardian may accompany the Member for Splash Park and the Leisure Pool at no extra charge. Please read our Watch Around Water Supervision Policy regarding ratio of parents to children and supervision requirements above.

    MEMBERSHIP WRISTBANDS AND QR CODES

    Please bring the student’s membership wristband to swipe on entry. Swimming Lessons Members do not require a booking to use Splash Park and the Leisure pool at the current time.

    Responsible parents and guardians will need to scan their QR code, for Leisure Pool and Splash Park visits. The QR Code Scanner is located at the Front Desk.

    SPLASH PARK AND LEISURE POOL STANDARD HOURS OF OPERATION FOR SWIMMING LESSONS MEMBERS

    School Holidays

    • Monday to Friday: 9am to 6pm
    • Saturday: 9am to 3pm
    • Sunday: 9am to 3pm
    • Public Holidays: TBA

    School Term

    • Monday to Friday: 9am to 12pm and 3.00pm to 6.30pm
    • Saturday & Sunday: 9am to 3pm
    • Public Holidays: TBA

  • Assessment Dates

    Swimming Lessons run continuously over 48 weeks a year.

    Level assessments are conducted every six weeks. All students in the program are continually assessed by the Teacher in Charge “TIC” for improvement and readiness to progress to the next level. The TIC will discuss the outcome of each child’s assessment either face to face or via an email progress report.

    Your child’s development and comfort is our priority. All progression discussions are welcome and we ask that you raise any feedback with the TIC’s at Swim Desk. We encourage weekly lesson attendance as consistency is key to mastering water safety skills.

    2020 Dates

    Tadpole
    26 October - 1 November
    7 - 13 December

    Deep Fish
    26 October - 1 November
    7 - 13 December

    Private
    26 October - 1 November
    7 - 13 December

    Minnow
    2 - 8 November
    14 - 20 December 

    Periwinkle
    2 - 8 November
    14 - 20 December 

    Starfish
    2 - 8 November
    14 - 20 December 

    Shark
    5 - 11 October
    9 - 15 November

    Dolphin
    5 - 11 October
    9 - 15 November

    Tuna
    12 - 18 October
    16 - 22 November

    Salmon
    19 - 25 October
    23 - 29 November

    Sardine
    19 - 25 October

    23 - 29 November

    Octopus
    21 October - 27 October
    30 November - 6 December

    Goldfish
    21 October - 27 October
    30 November - 6 December

  • Safety Week
    When: Monday 23 - Sunday 29 November 2020

    What happens: During this week the students will participate in a number of activities that focus on water safety in and around water. Children will experience the challenges of what it feels like to wear clothes in the water, rescue techniques, and survival strokes applicable to their level of swimming. 

    What to bring:
     To ensure that your child gets the most out of this week, please bring some old pyjamas or loose clothing along with their bathers for them to swim in (this applies to children in levels Goldfish to Shark)

  • Handover policy and supervision during lessons

    SA Aquatic & Leisure Centre holds the safety of our members and patrons as our top priority. Ensuring constant supervision of children is of upmost importance.

    Upon enrolment children are given a wristband with a colour that is determined by the age of the student. Coloured wristbands are essential to support the Centre’s supervision policy. This band will also gain you access to the Centre. Please wear your membership wristband when at the Centre.

    Families can help us to ensure this by following the below policy for parents / carers:

    • Parents / Carers are expected to be present for the handover of their child at the beginning of swimming class. Then at the end of each swimming class parents / carers are to collect students from their teacher.
    • Students under 10 years are required to have a parent available on deck to supervise children throughout their lesson.
    • If your child is under 3 years old and/or enrolled into one of our infant classes (Starfish, Periwinkle, Minnow) then a parent/guardian must be in the water for the lesson.

    To ensure the safety of all our students at the beginning and end of every lesson please remember:

    • Children MUST be received and acknowledged by the teacher directly from the parent before entering the water.
    • Collect your child / children in the same location as class commenced. Unless specified by the teacher or TIC on deck.
    • No children will be permitted to leave the class and teacher until the parent /carer or TIC collects them.
    • When a child / children are collected by the TIC on deck the student will be walked to the Swim School Desk. The TIC and Duty Manager will attempt to contact reasonable persons and emergency contacts on the student’s membership.

    We would like to thank you for your continued support in the safety and supervision of children.

  • Watch Around Water Centre Supervision Policy (outside of lesson times)

    At YMCA Victoria we are a Watch Around Water endorsed aquatic safety organisation. The following information is the new watch around water policy launched in centre from 1 September 2019.

    Watch Around Water is a set of industry guidelines outlining the minimum supervision requirements of young children at all affiliated aquatic venues.

    Please follow the Watch Around Water guidelines when attending the Centre outside of lesson times. This includes before and after the lesson or for Leisure Swimming. Please refer to the Supervision of Children during lessons for supervision requirements during the lesson.

    Upon enrolment children are given a wristband with a colour that is determined by the age of the student. Coloured wristbands are essential to support the Centre’s supervision policy. This band will also gain you access to the Centre. Please wear your membership wristband when at the Centre.

    Please be sure to get a new wristband from Swim School Information Desk in the front foyer when your child turns 5.

    Children under 5 years old
    All Children MUST be accompanied into the Centre by a person over the age of 18 and supervised within arms’ reach, at all times in the water.

    All children MUST wear a pink wristband supplied by YMCA staff to help identify their age while swimming.

    Children will not be admitted without a full fee paying parent/guardian who must also be in the water at all times. Groups will not be admitted entry where the number of parents/guardians supervising a group of children under 5 years exceeds the ratio of 1:2 (effective September 1 2019).
    Children under 10 years old
    All Children under the age of 10 MUST be accompanied into the Centre by a person over the age of 18. All children MUST be actively supervised by an adult over the age of 18 at all times. The adult must have a clear and active view of the child with no physical or structural barriers between them (this includes tech and devices).

    All children MUST wear a yellow wristband supplied by YMCA staff to help identify their age while swimming. Groups will not be admitted entry where the number of parents/guardians supervising a group of children under 10 years exceeds the ratio of 1:4.
  • Make up lessons & medical suspension

    Consistency is key when it comes to learning and progression. We encourage your child/children to attend their scheduled lesson time. Children develop and progress at a faster and higher rate when attending consistent lessons following a weekly routine.

    We do however understand, that life can be unpredictable. As part of your Membership, every Swimming Lessons student is entitled to a total of 8 make-up lessons per calendar year. Please see our make-up lessons policy, that outlines applicable terms and conditions.

    If a medical certificate is provided for illness or injury, we offer medical suspensions for the dates specified on the certificate.

    How to arrange a medical suspension due to illness or injury

    Medical suspensions are available for students who provide a medical certificate for being unable to attend 1 or more consecutive lessons. Medical suspensions must be arranged at the Centre, by filling out the appropriate form, with a supporting medical certificate covering the relevant dates. Medical suspensions can only be backdated for up to one month.

    What to do if you miss your regular Swimming Lesson for reasons excluding medical

    If you are unable to attend your regular Swimming Lesson, please notify us prior to your lesson commencing. To notify us please complete the Absentee Notification Form and submit.

    How to book a make-up lesson

    Our Teachers in Charge are experts when it comes to booking in a make-up lesson. Please book your make-up lesson at the Swim Desk on pool deck (see map). You can book between the following times:

    Monday – Friday: 8.45am – 12.00pm AND 3.30pm – 7pm
    Saturday and Sunday:
    8.15am – 12.45pm

    Please note, to provide you with the best service possible with our expert Teachers in Charge, we do not take make-up lesson bookings over the phone. This is to cater to each students’ individual needs - our Swim School Team are the experts in advising you of the best classes for your child to attend.

    The following policy applies for make-up lesson eligibility.

    Make-up lessons policy

    • You are entitled to one make-up lesson per missed lesson, up to a maximum of 8 lessons per calendar year per student. This includes public holidays.
    • A make-up lesson owing must be taken in the same calendar year. All make-up lessons owed not taken in the calendar year will be forfeited.
    • Make-up lessons can only be arranged up to 1 week in advance and once booked cannot be altered and will be forfeited if not attended or cancelled. We recommend you only booking your make-up lesson once you know you will be able to attend.
    • Make-up lessons are forfeited upon cancellation of the Student’s Membership.
    • You must be a current Swimming Lessons Member to be eligible to book in for a make-up lesson.
    • You are not able to book and/or participate in a make-up lesson if your membership is on suspension.

    You can download the Make-up lesson policy here

  • QR Code

    It is essential that each responsible adult registers to receive a QR code to be scanned every time you attend the Centre for Lessons. Please note that QR codes are not required for students. Students are required to scan their wristbands per student.

    We are required by State Government to record the contact information of every person in the Centre at any given time. This information is required for contact tracing purposes.

    Get your QR Code

  • Sports Vouchers
    $100 FREE YMCA Swimming Lesson credit is available through The Sports Vouchers program with the SA government administered by the Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing!
    Reception to Year 7 are entitled to a $100 Sports Voucher per calendar year. Further details about the initiative can be found on the Sport Vouchers Website.

    How to claim the 2020 sports voucher:

    1. Visit the Sports Voucher Website to download and complete the 2020 Sports Voucher.
    2. Bring your completed voucher into the Centre.
    3. Once approved, the $100 credit will be placed on your family's swimming lesson account within 10-15 business days, and will be automatically used to pay for direct debit payments.

    Criteria for your child’s voucher validity with SA Aquatic & Leisure Centre in 2020:

    • Is already enrolled in YMCA Swimming Lessons at the Centre
    • Is in primary school (prep - year 7)
    • Has not used the 2020 Sport Voucher with another provider
  • Swim Desk - Parent Portal

    Based on each evaluation completed by the Teacher in Charge, a competency summary will be created for you which outlines the key swimming and water safety skills that your child has successfully acquired as well as areas of their skill base that need further development.

    Login to:

    • Track and monitor your child’s progression
    • Understand the requirements to progress to the next level
    • Receive feedback from the Teacher in Charge following assessments

    Login

Absentee Notification Form

Will you be away at your next lesson? Please notify us prior to your lesson commencement time by filling out the form below. Please fill out one form per student.

For more information see our Swimming Lessons FAQ page

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