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March 19, 2019

Did you know the youngest age a child can start swimming lessons is 4 months old? Our Infants Program begins at 4 months through to 3 years, with a focus on water confidence and safety skills. Through fun and play, we nurture a lifetime of love for the water.

With a parent in the water and the knowledge of our instructors, our Aquatot level will encourage and educate both the child & parent on the basics of water safety. We aim to teach the child a love & respect for the water activities and games!

You can inquire about our infant classes with the link here!


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February 25, 2019

BlueFit Swimming are proud to have make up lessons available for our learn to swim students. Through the parent portal you can mark an absence and book your make up lessons.

Parents now have access to the parent portal which allows you to manage your class bookings including:

  • Mark yourself absent and book make ups
  • Access swim school resources
  • Update Payment Details
  • Check class progress
  • Pay Outstanding Fees
  • Book additional Lessons

To access the portal head to www.bluefitswimming.com.au/myportal

Don’t forget learn to swim students also have access to the aquatic centre free 7 days a week!

For more information about our learn to swim program contact gladstone@bluefitswimming.com.au


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February 25, 2019

Carbohydrates are the major and primary fuel source for muscles and the brain. Carbohydrates are broken down into glucose which is the form that is used for energy by the body.

Carbohydrate foods include starchy foods like bread, rice, pasta, noodles, potato, corn, legumes, biscuits and cereals and all sugars including natural sugars found in fruit, milk and yoghurt.

Carbohydrates are stored in the muscles and liver and must be constantly replaced. Spreading small amounts of carbohydrates are a helpful way to provide the body with adequate stores without consuming excessive amounts. This can be achieved by consuming three small meals.

Healthy snacks may be beneficial to prevent excessive hunger between meals. By eating this way you will get smaller rises in your blood sugar levels over a longer period of time so that you are using the maximum amount though out the day, limiting excess building up and becoming stored in the body.

Do not skip meals is not ideal as it often results in food cravings and binge eating.


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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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January 17, 2019

Goodbye upfront term payments, hello affordable fortnightly direct debit payments! We are very excited about the changes to our swimming lessons which means you can now access the swimming program all year round!

We will no longer run a term based program but will instead have lessons 50 weeks of the year with a break for Christmas/NY, Easter and Public Holidays. This means you can now enrol and cancel as you please.

Included in this change will be the implementation of the parent portal which will allow you to book a make up lesson for a class you can’t attend. Please click here for more information about our make up policy.

What is the parent portal?

The parent portal is an online portal which allows you to manage your class payments

  • Mark yourself absent and book make ups
  • Access swim school resources
  • Update Payment Details
  • Check class progress
  • Pay Outstanding Fees
  • Book additional Lessons

More information about the parent portal will be sent at the end of January. To find out more about our swimming program please visit www.bluefitswimming.com.au

 


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January 17, 2019

Please take note of the changes to our opening hours on the Australia Day weekend as we have closure at Gladstone Aquatic Centre on Saturday.

GLADSTONE AQUATIC CENTRE

Opening Hours

Saturday 26th January: CLOSED

Monday 28th January: 10am -4pm

MT LARCOM POOL

Opening Hours

Saturday 26th January: Saturday: 12pm – 6pm

Monday 28th January: CLOSED

 


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January 16, 2019

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.

Gladstone Carnivals     2018/19

SCHOOL DAY DATE YEAR TIME AREA
Gladstone Aquatic Centre: Chanel College Friday 8th February 2019 8am – 2:30pm 50m
Gladstone Aquatic Centre: Star of the Sea Primary Friday 15th February 2019 8am – 2:30pm 50m

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January 9, 2019

Come and enjoy Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom on our GIANT inflatable movie screen 

Where: Mt Larcom Swimming Pool, Narrows Road, Mt Larcom

When: Saturday 19th January 6pm – 9.30pm

What to bring: Swimwear, towels, pool inflatables, blankets/chairs to sit on the grass. Our canteen is open for food and drink 

NOTE: Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Participants must be able to swim.


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December 7, 2018

Give our giant pool inflatable a go!

Every Saturday the giant inflatable is available for the general public @ Gladstone Aquatic Centre

Session 1: 11am – 12pm

Session 2: 12:15pm – 1:15pm

$5 per for 1 session or $7.50 for both. We guarantee the kids will have a blast!

  • a 15m swim test is required before using the inflatable
  • Must be under 13 years of age

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December 7, 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 gladstone@bluefitswimming.com.au