Did you know that drowning is the number one cause of accidental death in children under the age of 5? Learning to swim is the best prevention and the easiest way to keep your kids safe around water.
We've put together a list of some of Brisbane's best swim schools in order to encourage parents to take action and teach their children to swim.
1. Make a Splash Swim School, Jindalee Jindalee pool is home to the Make a Splash Swim School offering learn to swim classes for babies, toddlers and children of all ages. Lessons are 30 minutes long and the small personalised swim classes ensure your child receives the individual attention they require.
The school recognises that everyone learns at a different place and therefore children are graduated as they progress rather than after a set block or term is completed. For more information check out their website.
2. Super Fish Swim Schools Founded by Olympian and International Swimming Champion Andrew Baildon, Super Fish Swim Schools offer much more than just your basic Learn to Swim programme, also focussing heavily on drowning prevention and water safety.
With locations in Pacific Pines, Sunnybank and Benowa, swim classes start from babies of four months to adults and have a range of 30 minute programmes to suit each level of swimmer. The school is currently also offering a variety of free swim services so head on over the their website to check them out.
3. Hampton Swim School Established by Julia Ham, a former Australian Swimming Representative, Hampton Swim School offers a range of classes to suit even the youngest of swimmers, in three different locations.
Lessons are based in Bulimba, Morningside and Norman Park and start from birth to 8 years in a variety of different programmes to suit each stage of childhood. Hampton Swim School also offer the "Our Treasures ASD Programme" specially designed for children with autism- the only programme of it's kind in Queensland. For more information, take a dive onto their website.
4. Shapland Swim Schools With 14 different locations across Brisbane, Ipswich and the Gold and Sunshine Coasts, Shapland Swim Schools are sure to have a location near you. Classes are offered to children of all ages starting from 3 months and their unique "Swim in Five" programme is taught in small classes with a maximum of three children per class. Swim on over to their website for a closer look.
5. Hollands Swim School, Cannon Hill Hollands Swim School has been operating in Cannon Hill for over 50 years and offers learn to swim classes for kids from 6 months upwards. Strategies, teacher training and teaching methods have been developed over a number of years and Hollands prides itself on offering the very best of aquatic survival programmes.
There are a range of different classes to choose from depending on your child's ability and their first lesson will be a free of charge trial so your child can be accessed without any obligation. To sign up, paddle on over to their website.
6. Little Big Swim, Bunya Little Big Swim is one of the smaller schools on our list, located in Bunya, North Brisbane and operating just one lesson at a time with a maximum of five children per class. But don't let it's size put you off, classes run six days a week and company founder Tanya Allan believes that children respond best to fun, laughter and applause as she continues to change up teaching methods to suit each child.
Another great reason to check them out? No need to put a pause on lessons during the winter months as the school also offers dry land training and workshops. Head on over to their website for more information.
7. Dipadees Swim School, Everton Hills Dipadees Swim School is located in Everton Hills and offers classes for babies from three months right up to children of 8 years and above. Small, personalised classes ensure littles ones feel comfortable and the school even offers half price extra lessons for those that may need a bit more help becoming confident in the water.
Dipadees provide parents with Skills Charts, Grades Newsletters and a Learn to Swim information book so that you are able to track your child's progress and ensure that they will only move up to the next level of class when they feel ready. Here's their website for more information.
8. Laurie Lawrence Swim School, Logan Laurie Lawrence is a Swim Safe Ambassador and he believes that "pool design and the aquatic environment are crucial in the learn to swim process" and therefore his swim school offers heated pools for maximum comfort and a variety of water depths in order to expose children to a range of different water experiences.
Lessons are offered from the age of four months and are 30 minutes long, with a parent and with a maximum of six children per class. Once your child is four years and over and deemed at a suitable ability, lessons are 30 minutes long, without a parent and a maximum of five children per class. Tread on over to their website for further details.
From the 24th September to 2nd October 2016 it is "Learn to Swim Week" and Poolwerx and Swim Safety Ambassador Laurie Lawrence are giving every child in Australia and New Zealand aged under the five a free swimming lesson, in the hope that this will encourage every child to learn to swim and remind everyone about the importance of water safety!
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