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news Call 1300 KIDSWIM MARCH 2007: ISSUE 2 Hi, Great to see everyone back this term and a very big welcome to all our new customers. We’re looking forward to an exciting year with lots happening to help your children enjoy lessons and to become safer and stronger in and around water. Learning to swim can be hard for the kids, especially because skills need to be practised over and over and over until so well reinforced they last a lifetime. To make all this practice more interesting we like to include special theme weeks into our program. See Pirate and Mermaid week >>. Rest assured, on these special weeks safety and swimming skills are still practised, just presented in a different way and under different conditions, and that’s good for the children to experience. Have a great month. Barb Nolan FREE: Little Nipper Club! Over the next couple of weeks we will be offering you a FREE membership to our Little Nipper Club. Normally valued at $33.00, membership entitles you to a variety of benefits and discounts, including: • A 5% discount at the Keperra Babies Galore store • A 10% discount on most lines at The Cheesecake Shop 640 Samford. Road, Mitchelton (P: 3354 4800) • A FREE extra lesson at Dipadees per term* • Two FREE Make Up Class Vouchers valued at $8.00 • FREE tickets for you and a friend to our informative ‘All About Learning To Swim’ info evening - valued at $15.50 per person for non-Dipadees members. We’ll keep you posted with more special offers throughout the year. * Extra means other than your normal lessons. NB: This offer is limited to paid up members. PIRATE & MERMAID WEEK! Monday 16th April We’re making learning fun First cab off the rank … Pirate & Mermaid Week is scheduled for Monday 16th April to Saturday 21st April. During this week we deck the pool out in Pirate & Mermaid attire. Activities take on new names and become more exciting for the week. We walk the plank (diving), dive for hidden treasure, kick like mad in pirate races and practice lots of rescue and safety skills (appropriate for the different age groups of course). It’s all good fun, enhances the children’s aquatic skills and makes learning more interesting. Enjoy competitions with a safety message… Our Pirate & Mermaid Week competitions have a safety theme and include colouring in competitions, puzzles and prizes for the best dressed Pirates & Mermaids. We know you are busy so as little or as much as you have the time for is fine. Pool Location: 303 Dawson Rd Arana Hills Q Where happy little Aussies love to learn B_jjb[D_ff[h9bkX 1300 KIDSWIM 543 7946 M^[h[^Wffob_jjb[7kii_[ibel[jeb[Whd Name: Membership No: Valid to: / / Page 2 DIPADEES NEWS • March 2007: Issue 2 Good reasons for caps on! • Caps increase pool hygiene by reducing hair in the pool. • Caps help with learning by keeping hair away from children’s eyes and mouth. • Caps keep you warmer (around 30% of heat loss is through the head!). Lycra and Silicone caps are easier to put on than latex caps and they tend to last longer. We have a supply of these caps on hand. Our preference is that the children do wear caps in the pool. Good reasons for taking goggles off! Goggles can help develop confidence to submerge, but at some stage children need to be comfortable with the feel of water in their eyes. Children who are reliant on goggles can easily be reduced to non, or weak swimmers if they fall into the water without their goggles on. Note: Children with eye problems might need to wear goggles all Lesson. How to fit a pair of goggles: Goggles need to fit well so children don’t keep fiddling with them. You can check the style and fit by using the Suction Test: Without putting the headband on, place the lens against the eye sockets. Using your thumbs, gently push the front of the lens onto the eye socket. The goggles are likely to be the right size and style if suction causes the goggle to stay in place. Goggle straps should be a comfortable fit. If you need to over tighten the headband to prevent leaking then the goggles might not be the right style or fit for that person’s facial structure. Goggles with a split strap tend to fit more securely than those with a single strap. What happens if I miss a lesson? It’s definitely better for progress if your child attends their own lesson consistently. However, there may be a time when you do miss a lesson. If this happens we can provide you with up to two Make Up Lessons per term. On these occasions your child will be given the opportunity to attend a special Make Up Class, rather than being scheduled into regular classes. This is important because each class has it’s own dynamics. When a different child is scheduled into a ‘normal’ class the dynamics of that class change subtly, often disadvan- taging your child. User Pays System There is a small extra fee of $4.00 for the Make Up Class. This fee goes towards paying the teacher to work the lessons a second time. It’s simply a user pays system that does not disturb other lessons. Above: Conner having fun Page 3 DIPADEES NEWS • March 2007: Issue 2 How to help your child learn to swim sooner Helpful Parent Information Evenings! There’s a lot to know about learning to swim and while we try to keep you informed through Newsletters and feedback from the teachers, it really is hard to cover all we need to via this method. Just to help you understand and help your child through this process we will be providing ‘All About Learning To Swim’ parent information evenings throughout the year. These evenings are designed to help you understand how you can help your child’s learning. They include information on ways to hold your child when you are with them in the water, plus skills and tricks of the trade you can apply. Our goal is to do all that we can to help your child learn to swim, we can do this best if you have plenty of information and feel informed about the learn to swim process. Your Little Nipper Club card gives you and a friend FREE access to these evenings. Non-members are also welcome to attend. The fee for a non-member is $15.50 for the one and a half hour information session. As a small thank you for taking the time to attend the ‘All About Learning To Swim’ Information Evening, we will also provide those who attend with a FREE Extra Lesson*, just to help with their child’s progress. The next evening is Monday 12th March at 7 pm. The focus on this night will be for parents who are in the water with their little tots. ‘All About Learning To Swim’ Info Evenings, for older children will be coming up soon. ‘All About Learning To Swim’ Information Evening For those parents who are in the water with their children Where: Club Arana When: Monday 12th March 7.00 pm to 8.30 pm Contact: To secure your place just call us on 3355 1550 Underwater photos make great mementos! Underwater Photographer John Grogan will be shooting underwater photographs, (and above for those who can’t submerge yet) and DVD’s, at Dipadees Arana Hills from Monday 12th March. John is an experienced under- water photographer so this is a great way to have professional footage taken of your child learning to swim. The footage and photos also make great gifts for relatives, especially if they don’t get to see the children as often as they’d like. John charges a $20.00 booking fee for your proofs, plus additional photo and DVD costs. The attached flyer has more detailed information. Booking envelopes (forms) are available at reception. Above: Keanni Above: Getting confident around water Where happy little Aussies love to learn Pool location: 303 Dawson Rd Arana Hills Q Call: 1300 KIDSWIM or T 07 3355 1550 F 07 5497 8633 E firstname.lastname@example.org PO Box 386 Narangba Q 4504 DID YOU KNOW? In Scandinavia and many other countries children learn to swim in heated indoor pools during the winter months. Even when outside temperatures plummet to minus 30 degrees! 141 Million American adults are afraid in water above their head! Colds are viruses and are caught from other people not from the body feeling cool. The risk of catching a cold from swim lessons is no higher than from going to school, child care or other public places. Especially because swimming strengthens the respiratory system and increases fitness! Many Aussie adults comment “I can swim but I can’t breathe”. Maybe this is because one swim lesson per week for a full year equals just 26 hours practice per year (assuming that you swim the equivalent of at least once every week). That’s just two hours more than a 24 hour day! Amazing that we learn to swim at all! Kicking with legs that are too stiff and straight will prevent you from moving. Kicking with legs that bend too much at the knee will also be very inefficient. Help to correct the kick with the following land drill. While holding on to something practice swinging one leg back and forth at the hip while standing. Make sure the movement is long and loose with floppy ankles. Practice ten swings of each leg, each night before bed and you will soon correct the kick pattern! Quote of the month: “The trouble with being a parent is that by the time you’re experienced, you’re unemployed!” Rosemary Coleton Who do you know that would make a great swim teacher? Do you know someone who’s a bit like a Wiggle? We’re looking for a person who is lots of fun, loves kids, has the gift of the gab when it comes to getting the best out of the kids and is willing to undergo lots of in-house training. We have a Swim Teacher training course coming up soon. The sixty hour, in depth course, covers lots of information on ‘Learn To Swim’ and can lead to a part-time position as a Swim Teacher for the right person. For more information: Speak with Barb at the pool, call 3355 1550, or email Barb at: email@example.com and mention ‘Swim Teacher’ in your email subject heading. Who Won? Congratulations to our competition winners from last term: • Julie Boland won a term of free swim lessons for Tim or Jake. • Lucky Nicholas and Daniel Lister won three tickets to Dreamworld. • Leanne, Ethan and Alana Langley won the six private swim lessons.