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October 2, 2019

We are excited to welcome back the rest of the Newcastle Pools for the 2019/2020 summer season.

See their opening hours below:

MAYFIELD:
Monday – Sunday: 6am – 6pm

STOCKTON:
Monday – Sunday: 6am – 5pm

WALLSEND:
Monday – Sunday: 6am – 6pm


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September 26, 2019

Did you know that 276 lost their lives to drowning in Australia last year?

As we head into warmer weather let’s work together to keep our children safe. Please make sure you actively supervise your children at the Centre. That means being in the water with them if they are under 5 or weak swimmers. For older children please watch them at all times and avoid distractions such as mobile phones.

Below are prevention strategies of drowning from Royal Life Saving:

  • Active supervision by parents or carers of children
  • Be aware of pre-existing medical conditions and physical limitations
  • Understand the possible adverse effects of medications
  • Follow safety rules displayed around the pool area
  • Follow directions issued by staff and lifeguards
  • Inform a lifeguard if a non-swimmer, or of any relevant medical conditions
  • Learn swimming and water safety skills (find out about our BlueFit Swimming program here)

You can see Royal Life Saving’s 10 Year Analysis on Drowning here for more information.


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September 10, 2019

Being in Australia we are surrounded by water wherever we go. By exposing children to water and swimming at an early age it will help prepare them for a life of fun activities such as pool parties, beach holidays, surfing, etc. With this being the case, we’ve found the top 5 benefits of learning to swim at a young age:

Life and life-saving skill:

To feel comfortable in the water and being able to swim is a life skill that will give you confidence and increase your water safety. Hopefully, you’ll never find yourself in a situation but if the time comes you’ll feel confident enough to hold your head above water and help those around you to do the same.

Physical benefits:

If you’re looking for a fun workout, you cannot beat swimming. Swimming is a full-body workout that engages your legs, upper body, core, lats and triceps. Although it might not seem like it, swimming will use more of your body’s major muscle groups than any other form of cardio.

Social Skills:

Going to swimming lessons or join a local swim club is a great way for children to play, interact and learn to take direction. This can set them up for social skills that will benefit them for life.

Challenging and rewarding:

Swimming offers a workout that can be both challenging and rewarding, whether you’re a new swimmer looking to improve your fitness or a competitive swimmer looking to improve on your personal best it will allow you to improve and feel great with every milestone.

Lifelong Skill:

Swimming is a skill that you are unlikely to forget over time. Similar to riding a bike, you may be out of practice but once you’re in the water it will come back. This is a great skill to have because as you get older, swimming has a very low impact on the body’s joint and can be a form of exercise you can continue to do.

At BlueFit Swimming our lessons start at 4 months old! Contact us today to find a suitable class time for you!


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September 10, 2019

With the warmer weather on its way, it’s important to remind parents how learning to swim is a life skill as drowning is one of the leading causes of death in children aged 0-4yrs old.

Choosing the right swim school for your child is as important as learning how to swim, not only does it provide great health benefits but it equips children with a skill for life! It increases children’s knowledge and skills for water safety and allows them to enjoy swimming safely.

BlueFit Swimming offers an industry-leading learn to swim program for babies through to adults. Enrol now in our program and ensure your child is swim-ready for Summer

If you have any questions about our swimming programs, be sure to click here!


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August 19, 2019

We all know swimming is a great form of exercise but do we actually know how to turn it into a workout? Is there more to just laps of strokes when exercising in the water? Of course, there is!

Try this workout below and see if it floats your boat:

WARM-UP:
  • Start by 2 laps of walking with high knees, as you get to the end of each lap do 10x squats
  • Shoulder rotations: 10 forward each arm, 10 back each arm
WORK-OUT:

1. Swim easy, with any stroke for 200m

2. Grab a kickboard with one hand and perform one-arm freestyle with the freehand for 100m (alternating arms every 25m)

3. Move to your back, and do 2 laps of survival backstroke

4. Grab a kick-board or hold torpedo on your back and kick for 100m

5. Do 200m of backstroke aiming to do 50m under 40 seconds

COOL-DOWN:
  • Pick any easy swimming movement for 200m and end with stretching against the pool wall

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August 19, 2019

With the winter season coming to an end, it’s time to start looking for fun activities to do to get out of the house. The good thing about swimming is, it’s a sport you can do all year round, and everyone can participate!

Here are our top 4 reasons why you and the family should hit up Newcastle Pools:
  1. Swimming is one of the few sports you can do throughout your lifetime
  2. It does not require lots of special equipment and gear, all you really need is a swimsuit
  3. It creates a reason to get together— a good way to socialise with your family
  4. Did you know that swimming can boost your immune system? When cells in the body regularly get blood and oxygen, they function better

So what are you waiting for, grab your bathers and let’s go!


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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”