It’s more than likely that someone else has already asked us a question that you might be thinking of so we’ve compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions for you. If you can’t find the answer to your question feel free to Contact Us
What should I do if my child is sick? In the interest of creating a safe environment for everyone, please don’t come to your lesson if you are sick, or have been sick up to three days before the lesson.
Can I organise a make-up lesson for a missed class? If you contact us in advance before you miss a class, we can try and arrange a different time in the same week, or a following week, to make up the lesson. We can’t always guarantee this because so many classes are full, but we will do what we can. Contact us about make-up lessons. You are allowed up to 2 a term without a doctors letter subject to availability.
What age should my child start swimming lessons? There are no rules around when to start, but we, and our accreditor, AUSTswim recommend starting your child at 6 months. They aren’t learning freestyle at this age, but they are learning confidence in the water and basic skills like holding onto the edge of the pool. These are important foundations for safe and confident swimmers.
How quickly will my child be swimming on their own? Honestly, we can’t answer this. Every step of your child’s development is personal and unique. Some babies who begin formal lessons around 6 months can swim a few metres on their own by the age of 3, and many have life-saving well before this (like breathing under water and getting safely in and out of the water).
What does it mean to learn without flotation devices? When it comes to learning to swim, there are two schools of thought. Mention arm floaties or arm bubbles and some people will fondly recall their own child hood, and others will call them an unnecessary danger.
At Pod Squad we don’t use or recommend floatation devices when learning to swim. It's our view that these types of devices can give children a false sense of security, creating an element of fear when they are finally removed. By choosing to teach without them, we believe children learn in a safer and more confident manner.