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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!