Our 2018 NSW AUSTSWIM Recognised Swim Centre Aquatics Down Under has a highly qualified award-winning team of staff that holds accreditations over a range of AUSTSWIM extension courses. This enables them to offer their diverse local community a complete range of swimming and water safety lessons.
This centre engages with their local community by donating free holiday intensive vouchers to all schools, they participate in the free learn to swim week, and heavily subsidise lessons for the deaf and blind school. They’ve even gone as far as Thailand, raising money to send one of their own teachers to participate in the Hands Across the Water Charity walk.
Instilling water safety knowledge in both students and parents is paramount at this swim centre. They enforce mobile phone bans on pool deck to ensure active supervision, provide colouring sheets and puzzles for students to take home, and even have a ‘Wet Parents Week’ where parents participate in the water…imagine getting your parents in the water!
The swim centre often assists AUSTSWIM by providing families to jump in the pool for workshops, masterclasses and conferences.
They firmly believe their most valuable resource is their staff and the success of their program and centre is dependent on them. This is why they are committed to their staff offering rewards, acknowledgements and endless opportunities for professional growth.
Congratulations to Aquatics Down Under.
ADU supports AUSTSWIM trainees through all stages of their journey to become an accredited AUSTSWIM Teacher.
- Attend meet and greet with management before to ensure that we all 'fit'.
- Trainees are given a roster and set shifts so that they have accountability whilst training.
- They are linked up with a mentor to ensure that they are:
a. given a well-rounded view of the program
b. are exposed to different styles of teaching
c. meeting other members of staff
- Training and mentoring takes place in and out of the pool allowing the trainee to reflect and ask questions of their mentors.
- They are gradually introduced to taking their own lessons:
a. First shadowing an experienced teacher
b. Taking on teaching one skill
c. Teaching one full progression
d. Teaching half a lesson
e. Working up to teaching a full lesson under the supervision of qualified staff.
- Trainees become comfortable and confident in all levels of teaching and can do as many trial assessments as needed before they are signed off to be assessed by our inhouse AUSTSWIM Assessors.
- Once assessed, new trainees have meetings with their mentor to discuss any issues they are having.
The key to our WS programming is to keep it fun, varied and constant. ADU ensure WS is approached in a multitude of ways. Every level from babies to squads has WS and survival skills incorporated into EVERY lesson to place the emphasis on safer swimming practices. In addition to this we offer additional WS education:
One term will dedicate the last 5 minutes of the class to additional WS. EG rafting, simulated seaweed, life jackets, ‘Kids Alive Do The 5’ song, beach safety or no goggles. Another term we offer CPR courses to parents and at the same time run a pool party for the kids to be looked after.
Another term each child is assessed on WS skills and given a separate certificate
There is a mobile phone ban on pool deck one week to ensure parents are actively supervising. Another term is colouring-in sheets or find a word puzzles for the kids.
ADU has clothed swims for 3 years and upwards and ‘Wet Parents Week’ where parents participate in the water to see what their child is and is not capable of doing and simulated rescue and emergency scenarios are performed with child and the parent.
ADU has participated in Learn to Swim Week where we offer the community the opportunity to enrol free of charge into 5 lessons. 190 children benefited from the week that otherwise may have missed out due to financial constraints. Due to the overwhelming success of the program it will now be a standard addition to our program.
ADU heavily subsidises the deaf and blind school run a weekly program for 10 of their deaf children. All staff were inducted in key word signing with the assistance of Life Start Epping to be able to communicate better with special need students.
We are proud ambassadors of AUSTSWIM and promote AUSTSWIM registered swim centres to families moving out of our area. We take every opportunity to communicate to our parents that our staff is AUSTSWIM trained in all the levels that they teach.
ADU has provided Aqua Classes to parents and friends of the swim school for free for the last 10 weeks. The 45 minute session is facilitated by 2 WETS Aqua instructors.
ADU is always ready to help at AUSTSWIM Conferences and share what their students know. Parents are educated well at ADU in helping when needed.
Jacqui Fahey, Krista Palmer Mel Rickwood have volunteered to present at the NSW State conference to share their knowledge and promote health and wellness in the aquatic community.
Every year ADU donates free holiday intensive vouchers to all schools within the local area to be used as prizes or give aways to assist in their fundraising efforts
ADU helped a community in Thaliand by raising money to send one of their own to participate in a Hands Across the Water Charity walk. Our local community assisted with many fund raising events at the pool including guessing competitions, raffles and xmas gingerbread house nights