Learn to swim

It is important for children to learn to swim as early as possible, particularly when living at the coast, and in a country where swimming pools are ubiquitous. Both Adult supervision and teaching children water safety and water skills, should be a priority for parents in order to prevent unnecessary drowning.

Every child is an individual and will learn at their own pace and may have different needs in the water. HEADSTART teachers are trained accordingly and our approach is one of promoting water familiarity and learning in a fun and non-traumatic manner. We have seen the extremes – we had a pupil of 2-and-a-half yrs, learn to swim from scratch in 6 lessons, but then another pupil took 2 summer seasons. The Headstart pool is enclosed and heated, providing an intimate environment for adults and children to learn about water safety, build their water confidence and learn to swim all year round.

How long will it take?

This depends on the individual. Children should not be forced to perfect a specific skill in a set time period. Factors that contribute to the rate of learning include pupils personality and determination, any previous experiences with water; frequency and regularity of lessons, whether the child practices at home and lastly, the attitude of the accompanying parent or adult.

When should we start lessons?

Swim schools take babies as young as 6 months for lessons. While there is nothing wrong with this… it is a good bonding activity and physical activity for baby and mom, but a baby of this age is not going to learn to swim just yet. What it does do is provide orientation and the basis for enjoying the water which is essential for learning to swim. We recommend that in the bath you familiarize baby with being in water – it should be fun and baby should become accustomed to having water on his face, eventually lying in the water and blowing bubbles.

Start lessons when it is convenient for you.

THE MYTH: Drown proofing

We believe that there is no such thing as drown proof – Even when a child is able to swim …they still need to be watched at all times. They could hit their head or fall in with their clothes on.

What we can do is to teach our children to swim and about water safety as early as possible.

Policies and procedures

  • Payment to be made in full at the beginning of each term.
  • R150 deposit payable on registration of new pupils and refunded if one months notice is given on termination
  • EFT payments ONLY. Account number to be used as reference when making payment.
  • One calendar month notice must be given in writing for cancellation of lessons. Unless cancellation is submitted, your slot will remain booked from one term to the next and you will be charged accordingly.
  • No client will be able to begin lessons without making prior payment. After one week, you will lose your booking. If you are unable to pay in full, a monthly plan can be arranged. Payments must be made by the due dates provided.
  • Monthly payers who do not meet the due dates for fees will be suspended. After one week, you will lose your booking.
  • You will not be able to start lessons in a new term if there are ANY fees outstanding from the previous term and you will lose your booking.
  • Outstanding fees will be handed over to “Accountability” – an agency who has the potential to blacklist those clients who do not pay.
  • Lessons missed are paid for and forfeited. They are not credited and unfortunately we are unable to make up lessons.
  • No lessons on public holidays or during school holidays other than optional intensive, holiday swimming clinics. Our terms run in line with WCED dates.
  • No pupil may enter the pool before their lesson has begun and they must exit the pool immediately after the lesson has ended.
  • Pupils are to please use the toilet and blow their noses before their lesson.
  • Pupils who are not potty trained must please wear a swimming nappy.
  • Swimming caps are compulsory
  • Please be prompt for lessons. If you should arrive late for a lesson, your lesson time will be shortened.
  • If your child is sick, please keep them at home. Our instructors reserve the right to send a child home who appears to be contagious or not well enough to swim.

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