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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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February 25, 2019
You’ve signed up for swimming, gotten the kids ready, packed the car, brought a change of clothes and even packed their favourite treats only to arrive at the pool with a screaming inconsolable child that is too scared to swim. Many of us have been there, it can be tough. Here are some helpful tips to get your child to love the water!
Understanding where the fear comes from
In young children, fear is often related to developmental advances that give kids a new (but not always realistic) awareness of potential dangers. As they pass different developmental milestones they develop fears based on their perception of danger, reality and imagination.
Couple this with a bad experience can lead to a prolonged period of fear. A slip in the tub that momentarily dunked his face in the water or a loud motorboat that startled him at the beach can spook a child for months afterward.
Tips for Overcoming the fear?
  • Always take your child’s fear seriously but don’t overreact or overdramatise it.
  • Praise and encourage your child when he tries to overcome fear. Express confidence he will eventually succeed.
  • Find ways to break the feared experience into small, manageable steps eg. practice “swimming” in the bath, dip feet and toys into the toddler pool until they are comfortable.
  • Give your child frequent reassurance she is safe. One technique to try is for you to go into the water and have your child throw a toy at you. You then bring the toy to the pool edge and continue this activity to reassure them that its safe and you will guide them back to the pool edge.
  • Find storybooks that discuss the fear to read with your child. EG. Peppa and George Go Swimming,
  • Familiarise your child with the pool before starting lessons and keep pool sessions short. Start with 5-10 minutes if your child really isn’t comfortable and slowly increase them over time.
  • Get the right equipment- Whether its Batman swimmers, Peppa Pig goggles, bath toys or floaties. Make sure you are equipped to give them the best possible experience. Just remember that floaties can provide a false sense of security to and are in no way a good substitute for actually being able to swim —  so keep your little one at arm’s length whether she’s wearing a flotation aid or not.
  • If getting their face wet is the issue, dip a cloth or sponge in the pool and dab one another’s face so they can get used to the wetness. Have them bring a handful of water up to her mouth and blow bubbles. Blow a rubber duck across the surface, slowly working on getting the face closer to the water.
  • Be patient. Respect that your child is genuinely fearful and don’t force them to go any faster than they are able. Try each of these activities as many times as necessary until your child become comfortable
  • Do not wait until your child gets older to teach them to swim. Fear does not necessarily diminish with age. Safe and positive exposure to the water will help diminish the fear
  • Make it fun!
  • Stay positive, be patient and don’t give up. While it can be disheartening to feel like the only parent with a screaming child, most of us have been there. Keep taking small steps towards the goal of swimming!

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December 7, 2018

Want access to the pool 7 days a week?

Bookings for our 2019 swim school program have now opened!

As part of the many benefits fo the BlueFit Swimming program, students enrolled in the program get free access to the pool 7 days a week, with a full paying adult.

We’ve made improvements to our program to ensure that students learn in a structured and fun environment! Get in early and secure your place in the program.

For more information about our swimming program email newcastle@bluefitswimming.com.au or call 1300 252 583


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December 7, 2018

On Friday the 14th of December our Lambton facility will be joining forces with Central Newcastle Swimming Club to run a Learn to Swim Carnival.

The event will start at 5:30pm and races will commence at 6pm until around 8pm.

Bring your little swimming legend along for some diving, splashing, dolphin races and so much more! Whether your child is a swimming fanatic or a reluctant swim lesson attendee they will improve their skills, build their confidence, make new friends and above all have FUN!
Optus Junior Dolphins is all about learning through play and for ages ranging from 5 – 11 and all skill levels.

What can you expect?
A series of drills, games and adventures to improve your child’s swimming, build their confidence and make new friends!

What is Optus Junior Dolphins all about?
Optus Junior Dolphins is for kids with basic swimming skills that want to improve in a fun and non-competitive environment. It focuses on fun, so your child will learn new skills and practice old ones through games, swimming and personal development activities. It suits kids who are nearing the end of their learn to swim journey so your child can continue to learn at a pace that’s right for them.

And, it’s all delivered in a safe, social and non-competitive environment that they’ll love being part of!

To register your interest or if you have any questions about the upcoming program, get in contact with Georgia via email (Georgia.limn@bluefit.com.au)


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December 4, 2018

Want to build your child’s confidence in the water? Kickstart their swimming progress in 2019 with our Holiday Intensives and Stroke clinics.

Swimming is an important life skills and we urge all parents to ensure their children a swim safe this Summer. Our Holiday Intensives have been designed to significantly improve your child’s swim skills over a short period, with students taking part in lessons every day over a period of 5 days.

It is this successive repetition that makes it the ideal program to boost your child’s skills and water confidence.

Week 1: Monday 7th – Friday 11th January
Week 1: Monday 14th – Friday 18th January
Week 2: Monday 21st – Friday 25th January

To book your spot, please email newcastle@bluefitswimming.com.au


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July 1, 2018

We are very excited to introduce the new BlueFit Swimming program to the Moss Vale community. Students are all booked in to their normal class time and they will attend their first BlueFit lesson greeted by their regular instructor. The BlueFit Swimming program consists of structured levels that progressively build swimming skills and water confidence. It is important to acknowledge that current students may have not yet learned some of the skills that are in their BlueFit Swimming lessons. During the transition we greatly appreciate your understanding that it may take time to teach these new skills.


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June 4, 2018

Here are eight reasons to keep on swimming in Winter! Article by Royal Life SOURCE OF FITNESS Whether you’re swimming for recreation or competition, swimming gives you a great work out. It keeps your heart rate up, builds cardio fitness, burns calories, and develops endurance.


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February 25, 2018

It’s school carnival season and we are looking forward to seeing the boisterous display of school spirit echoing through our facility

When these events are on you will notice the facility may become quite busy and loud during school hours.

We suggest checking our website for upcoming carnival dates and as always we recommend checking out Lane Availability regularly

For parents and family wanting to attend carnivals at the centre, there is a small spectator fee that applies.

Lambton Pool Carnivals               2019

SCHOOL DAY DATE YEAR TIME AREA
City Zone Monday 25 FEB 2019 8am-3pm 50m, Dive (TBC)
Tuesday 26 FEB 2019
St. Mary’s Catholic College Wednesday 27 FEB 2019 9am-3pm 50m (TBC)
Diocesan Primary Thursday 28 FEB 2019 9am-2pm 50m (9 Lanes), Half Dive
Callaghan College Waratah Friday 01 MAR 2019 9.15am-2.45pm 50m (9 Lanes)
Hunter Regional Secondary Monday 04 MAR 2019 8am-3pm 50m, Dive (TBC)
Hunter Regional Primary Tuesday 05 MAR 2019 8am-3pm 50m (TBC)
HRIS Primary Wednesday 06 MAR 2019 8am-3.30pm 50m (9 Lanes), Full Dive
HRIS Primary Thursday 07 MAR 2019 8am-3.30pm 50m (8 Lanes), Full Dive
Friday 08 MAR 2019
Monday 11 MAR 2019
Diocesan Secondary Tuesday 12 MAR 2019 7.30am-2.30pm 50m (9 Lanes), Half Dive
HRIS Secondary Wednesday 13 MAR 2019 8am-3pm 50m, Dive (TBC)
HRIS Secondary Thursday 14 MAR 2019 8am-3pm 50m, Dive (TBC)
Friday 15 MAR 2019

 

Mayfield Pool Carnivals                2019

SCHOOL DAY DATE YEAR TIME AREA
Monday 25 FEB 2019
San Clemente Tuesday 26 FEB 2019 9.00am-3.00pm 50m (TBC)
Wednesday 27 FEB 2019
Thursday 28 FEB 2019