Swimming is an important LIFE SKILL and an essential skill to learn as a child living in and around Newcastle with its many beautiful water ways and swimming locations. At ELSC we are passionate about delivering every swimming lesson with purpose! Not only do our lessons provide basic swimming stroke tuition but more importantly, swimming skills are taught in conjunction with personal aquatic survival instruction and education.
The School Age Octopus level will focus on developing water confidence and independent range of propulsive movements. Octopus students will learn personal aquatic survival skills and are introduced to swimming fundamentals such as breath control (blowing bubbles), submersion, kicking, paddling and floating on the back. Mini Octopus lessons are delivered in a relaxed, happy and nurturing environment. Forceful teaching techniques are not part of our teaching methodology. At the end of the Mini Octopus level the child will display confidence in the water demonstrating a range of basic unassisted skills such as safe entry and exit, submersion, back float and survival roll, monkey wall pull out and independent prone swim up to a distance of 3 metres.
Here’s an email we recently received highlighting the importance of our Water Safety Program.
Hi East Lakes Swim Centre,
I just want to say a huge thank you for everything you do. But in particular I want to praise your Water Safety Program.
On the Easter weekend, myself and my girls were staying at a hotel in Sydney. The hotel had a pool. Both my girls are students at your swimming school. Miss 3 is not yet confident in the pool.
Miss 7 was in the pool. Miss 3 entered the pool when my back was turned and had a drowning incident.
On entering the water, Miss 3 sunk straight to the bottom of the pool. I turned around to see just the very top inch of her head above the water. She was standing vertically on the floor of the pool, nearly completely submerged. Miss 7 realised quickly that her sister could not breathe and swam and lifted her up. She held her above the water and brought her to the side of the pool, where I lifted Miss 3 out of the pool. Miss 3 was frightened and I was very concerned. I monitored her in the coming weeks. I will never be able to erase the image of Miss 3 standing under the water from my mind.
Miss 7 knew what to do and acted calmly and quickly. I believe that this is a credit to your Water Safety programmes at East Lakes. Thank you so much. You really are making a difference to the lives of our children. Please always keep doing what you are doing.