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May 7, 2019

Bye for now but not forever!

As the winter season is upon us Newcastle pools will close for a short time.

Mayfield, Wallsend, Stockton closed from 28th April and will re-open from 30th September

Lambton pool closes on 19th May and reopens from 26th August so make sure you get your last swim in for Autumn!


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May 7, 2019

We recently finished up a program for an organisation called Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors (STARRTS). It is a non for profit organisation that has provided culturally appropriate psychology treatment and support to help people heal the scars of torture and refugee trauma and rebuild their lives in Australia.

The organisation decided to put some of their funding towards swimming lessons for approximately 10 women. We held the lessons at Mayfield and then Wallsend for 8 weeks on a Friday morning 9:30am – 10:30am with all female instructors as requested.

Utilising their interpreter below are their responses from the group evaluation questions we asked on the final lesson.

Have you enjoyed the swim program with BlueFit Swimming?

“Yes, we learnt lots, for some it was our first time and we got to meet up with our friends each week.”

What did you enjoy the most about the program?

“The teachers were kind, patient and understanding. It was good how the teachers used body language to help us understand when language became a barrier.”

How has the program benefited you?
  • “Learn to swim with correct technique.”
  • “I did the program last year and started from 0 swimming experience and by the end of this term I swam to the end of the big pool.”
  • “It was emotionally nice to be in the water and to be with good/patient teachers.”
  • “What is the most important thing you will take away from our program?”
  • “That nothing is impossible.”
  • “I can now use my swimming skills to continue exercising.”
  • “I was very scared but challenged myself and over come my fear”
  • “Was encouraged to overcome my fear and made new friends.”
Would you enrol yourself or your children in our programs in the future?

“Yes”

What prevented you from learning to swim before this?
  • “Fearful”
  • “Not many facilities or programs in our home country”
Has living in Australia changed your views on learning to swim for you and your family?

“Yes I now insist my children learn to swim”

Is there anything else you would like to add?

“Thank you to Jo, Fatima and the instructors”


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May 7, 2019

Swimming is a fantastic form of exercise as it gives every muscle in your body a workout and you can choose to make it an endurance or sprint training. If you are new to swimming, eating properly and at the right times can help you develop your strength and cardio fitness. It is important to fuel your body the correct way for training for optimal performance.

Now, nobody is the same, everyone will have a different level of comfort regarding eating around swimming, so it is important to trial what works for you. In general, a good rule to follow is allowing 2-4 hours before your swim, after eating a larger meal but 30 minutes – two hours for a smaller snack.

BEFORE

1) Whole grain pasta contains a great substance of carbohydrates and should be enough to give you the boost of energy you need before swimming. Mix some of your favourite vegetables or meat with your pasta to get those extra vitamins and proteins!

2) Bananas are an awesome source of potassium! Plus, they taste so good as well as giving you the boost of energy you need before swimming. Grab a banana on the way to the pool and see the benefits during your swim session.

AFTER

3) Lean chicken is a good way to get protein without eating all of the saturated fats that are usually in meats. A good idea is to make a salad topped with lean chicken or simply eat the chicken with some brown rice to add whole grains to your meal! Yum!

4) Everybody loves some nice, creamy yoghurt with fruit and nuts. Yoghurt provides a lot of protein, but be sure to look out for those added sugars that make them so sweet. Try opting for some Greek yoghurt or other low-fat, unsweetened products that will give you that essential protein.

5) If you only have time for a simple snack after swimming, you might like the idea of grabbing some protein bars that you can eat on the go!

We hope you enjoyed some of our tips! See you in the pool!


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April 16, 2019

BlueFit is proud to have a dedicated and committed BlueFit Green team. This past year the team has been researching smart energy savings options and practices that will make all our sites in Australia more environmentally sustainable. We are implementing our initiatives in phases to ensure we are finding the best solutions to use in all our facilities.

Some initiatives are visible to customers and staff, such as the reduction of plastic in our cafes and the introduction of more drinking fountains to refill reusable bottles. Other initiatives are happening behind the scenes.

In our plant rooms, we have been installing variable speed drives (VSDs) on our mechanical equipment. These devices can power-down our equipment in times of low centre usage and power-up the equipment only when it is necessary – during peak usage. Our lights look the same, but many have already been replaced with LED fixtures. These fixtures are now significantly reducing our energy demands!

BlueFit Green’s next initiative is to introduce our own BlueFit “Keep Cup” and recycling bins throughout our centres. We are looking forward to seeing BlueFit blend more green in our surrounding environments, are you?


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April 10, 2019

Please see below the hours for the Anzac Day public holiday.

Opening hours on Anzac Day:

LAMBTON POOLS
Opening Hours Thursday 25th April:
8am – 5pm

MAYFIELD, STOCKTON & WALLSEND
Opening Hours Thursday 25th April:
9am – 5pm

Swim School:

No learn to swim classes

 

 


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April 10, 2019

We are open on Good Friday, the 19th of April, Saturday 20, Sunday 21 and Monday 22 Easter Day public holidays, however, we will have amended trading hours on these days.

Swim School:
No learn to swim classes

LAMBTON POOLS
Opening Hours Friday 19th April
8am – 5pm
Opening Hours Saturday 20th April:
8am – 5pm
Opening Hours Sunday 21st April:
8am – 5pm
Opening Hours Monday 22nd April:
8am – 5pm

MAYFIELD, STOCKTON & WALLSEND
Opening Hours Friday 19th April
9am – 5pm
Opening Hours Saturday 20th April:

9am – 5pm
Opening Hours Sunday 21st April:
9am – 5pm
Opening Hours Monday 22nd April:
9am – 5pm

 


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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

Naomi Findlay had a fantastic turn out at the Swim For Schools fundraiser at Lambton Swimming Pool last week with a HUGE final figure raised of $10,963.50

The event had over 100 people in attendance watching 4 teams compete for the $300 prize money. We had 2 teams tie for first place, “Newy Paint Crew” and “Freestylist” which both teams kindly donated back to the foundation.

Thank you and congratulations to all who contributed!

 

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April 4, 2019

Our Adolescent Program is for those older swimmers who are not confident in an aquatic environment through to those swimmers who are wanting to perfect their strokes.

Our program offers the opportunity for adolescents to learn to swim in an environment with their peers and is primarily swimmers aged between 13 – 18 years.

We differentiate the levels between beginner, intermediate and advanced, so everyone has the opportunity to continue to learn and develop no matter their capability!

For more information click here!


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March 25, 2019

Each summer BlueFit employ a range of working-holiday makers for a 6-month period as swim teachers for schools in term 4 and then lifeguards during December and January.

To gain a second-year visa, many of these staff look towards winter regional work to earn a second summer of work.

At BlueFit we’re lucky enough to have sites in regional areas. If you have a farming business or have friends or family that do, we have roughly 20 staff on the hunt for 88 days of farming work. If there’s a pool on the farm, I’m sure they will throw in swim lessons for the kids as a bonus.

For further information please email here stewart@bluefit.com.au