Swim Archives - Moss Vale Aquatic Centre

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April 4, 2019

At a time when keeping connected with loved ones is as easy as lifting your mobile phone from your pocket, it is comforting to know that those close to us really are within reach at any given moment. However, when it comes to supervising your child at our (or any) swimming pools, the concept of being within arms reach has an even greater significance.

Here, it is a matter of life and death.

Over the last few months, our lifeguards have saved the lives of several children whose parents or guardians were otherwise preoccupied on their phones – one of the recoveries occurred within arms reach of the parent, who was too busy on their phone.

Our lifeguards are an important safety feature but they DO NOT replace the close supervision of accompanying adults. A puddle of water is enough to cause an infant to drown, and as many as 20% of near-drowning survivors suffer permanent neurological disability.

We understand how easy it is to have new notifications or having the latest news at your fingertips but we urge you to remember the reason why you are where you are. It is for the sake of the loved one(s) who, at this moment are relying on you.

Keep safe and happy swimming for all of our customers!


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April 4, 2019

Is your child struggling with a skill? Do you want to ensure your child is safe in the water and doesn’t forget their skills over winter?

Join our Autumn Holiday Program and give them an advantage in the pool! The program consists of 30-minute classes run across 5 consecutive days. The program helps build confidence and progression through consistency and repetition. If you are interested in booking into the program email mossvale@bluefitswimming.com.au or see reception for more detail.

Mon 15th – Fri 26th April. Please note, classes will only run on weekdays, and will not run on public holidays.


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February 24, 2019
You’ve signed up for swimming, gotten the kids ready, packed the car, brought a change of clothes and even packed their favourite treats only to arrive at the pool with a screaming inconsolable child that is too scared to swim. Many of us have been there, it can be tough. Here are some helpful tips to get your child to love the water!
Understanding where the fear comes from
In young children, fear is often related to developmental advances that give kids a new (but not always realistic) awareness of potential dangers. As they pass different developmental milestones they develop fears based on their perception of danger, reality and imagination.
Couple this with a bad experience can lead to a prolonged period of fear. A slip in the tub that momentarily dunked his face in the water or a loud motorboat that startled him at the beach can spook a child for months afterward.
Tips for Overcoming the fear?
  • Always take your child’s fear seriously but don’t overreact or overdramatise it.
  • Praise and encourage your child when he tries to overcome fear. Express confidence he will eventually succeed.
  • Find ways to break the feared experience into small, manageable steps eg. practice “swimming” in the bath, dip feet and toys into the toddler pool until they are comfortable.
  • Give your child frequent reassurance she is safe. One technique to try is for you to go into the water and have your child throw a toy at you. You then bring the toy to the pool edge and continue this activity to reassure them that its safe and you will guide them back to the pool edge.
  • Find storybooks that discuss the fear to read with your child. EG. Peppa and George Go Swimming,
  • Familiarise your child with the pool before starting lessons and keep pool sessions short. Start with 5-10 minutes if your child really isn’t comfortable and slowly increase them over time.
  • Get the right equipment- Whether its Batman swimmers, Peppa Pig goggles, bath toys or floaties. Make sure you are equipped to give them the best possible experience. Just remember that floaties can provide a false sense of security to and are in no way a good substitute for actually being able to swim —  so keep your little one at arm’s length whether she’s wearing a flotation aid or not.
  • If getting their face wet is the issue, dip a cloth or sponge in the pool and dab one another’s face so they can get used to the wetness. Have them bring a handful of water up to her mouth and blow bubbles. Blow a rubber duck across the surface, slowly working on getting the face closer to the water.
  • Be patient. Respect that your child is genuinely fearful and don’t force them to go any faster than they are able. Try each of these activities as many times as necessary until your child become comfortable
  • Do not wait until your child gets older to teach them to swim. Fear does not necessarily diminish with age. Safe and positive exposure to the water will help diminish the fear
  • Make it fun!
  • Stay positive, be patient and don’t give up. While it can be disheartening to feel like the only parent with a screaming child, most of us have been there. Keep taking small steps towards the goal of swimming!

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January 17, 2019

Now is the perfect time to enrol in swimming lessons! Make the most of the warm weather and get the kids swimming in our leading learn to swim program!

Bluefit Swimming has a specific focus on water confidence and the basic skills of swimming.

We have a strong emphasis on developing aquatic safety and developing the confidence of children in the aquatic environment.

Our team of Swim Instructors and Coaches are all professionally qualified and have been selected based on a combination of their knowledge, coaching skills, ability to communicate and build rapport with your child.

To find out more click here

 


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December 4, 2018
 DATE  GYM  AQUATIC  CRECHE 
Monday, December 24  6.00am to 9.00pm  6.00am to 8.00pm  9.00am to 12.00pm 
Tuesday, December 25  CLOSED  CLOSED  CLOSED 
Wednesday, December 26  9.00am to 6.00pm  9.00am to 5.00pm  CLOSED 
Thursday, December 27  6.00am to 9.00pm  6.00am to 8.00pm  9.00am to 12.00pm 
Friday, December 28  6.00am to 9.00pm  6.00am to 8.00pm  9.00am to 12.00pm 
Saturday, December 29  8.00am to 6.00pm  8.00am to 5.00pm  CLOSED 
Sunday, December 30  9.00am to 6.00pm  9.00am to 5.00pm  CLOSED 
Monday, December 31  6.00am to 9.00pm  6.00am to 8.00pm  CLOSED 
Tuesday, January 1  1.00pm to 5.30pm  1.00pm to 4.30pm  CLOSED 
Wednesday, January 2  6.00am to 9.00pm  6.00am to 8.00pm  9.00am to 12.00pm

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December 4, 2018

Want to build your child’s confidence in the water? Kickstart their swimming progress in 2019 with our Holiday Intensives and Stroke clinics.

Swimming is an important life skill and we urge all parents to ensure their children a swim safe this Summer. Our Holiday Intensives have been designed to significantly improve your child’s swim skills over a short period, with students taking part in lessons every day over a period of 5 days.

It is this successive repetition that makes it the ideal program to boost your child’s skills and water confidence.

Week 1: Monday 7th – Friday 11th January
Week 2: Monday 14th – Friday 18th January
Week 3: Monday 21st – Friday 25th January

To book your spot, please email mossvale@bluefitswimming.com.au

 


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December 4, 2018

(Left to right in image) Jacinta Longhurst, Heidi and Leo Bolliger.

Thank you to all who came along to support the special olympics event on the weekend. Almost 30 competitors took part, from the Hunter Valley, Canberra, Sydney’s Northern Beaches and the Illawarra. These athletes were willing to travel long distances to enjoy the top facilities at Moss Vale, and the cheerful competition on the day. Most competitors participated in over 3 events meaning there were well over 100 entries on the day (Freestyle, Backstroke, Breastroke and Butterfly). Special Olympics is run to assist athletes with a disability to compete in a variety of sports from swimming, basketball and cricket to name a few sports. We look forward to the next event!

 


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October 14, 2018

The Moss Vale Swim club invites members, new and old to join us for the 2018-2019 season. At Moss Vale swim club we aim to promote swimming as a fun, healthy activity for youth in the shire. Moss Vale Swim Club caters for all swimming abilities, with members racing to improve their own personal best times.

Season Dates

Racing commences Friday 19th October 6.15pm. Race night will continue each Friday 6.00pm-8.00pm until Friday 21st December.
Races resume Friday 1st February.
Season concludes Friday 22nd March.

Registration

Swimmers can register to join the swim club at race nights from the 19th October. Registration will commence from 6.00pm each week.

Cost

Single membership – $40
Family – $100.00
(Note: This does not include pool entry)

Contact President Ben Blaik on 0407392575 for further information.


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September 14, 2018

Is your child struggling with a skill?

Do you want to ensure your child is safe in the water heading into summer?

Join our Spring Holiday Program and give them an advantage in the pool!

The program consists of 30 minute classes run across 5 consecutive days. The program helps build confidence and progression through consistency and repetition.

If you are interested in booking into the program email mossvale@bluefitswimming.com.au or see reception for more detail.

Mon 8th – Fri 12th October