Holiday dates, Holiday Intensives, 2019 season, make ups.
Seems crazy town to be talking Christmas but I’m going to because we’re going to blink and it will be here.
We were originally going to take a two-week break for Xmas this year but we’re giving everyone a three-week break. We’ll break from December 23rd and get back in the water for the new swim season on the 14th January. All current enrolments are billed until our last swim day 22nd December.
Rolling enrolments: We practice rolling enrolments which means that we ASSUME you’re joining us season to season unless we hear from you otherwise. For changes to your enrolment for January please fill out the form below if you have
Intensive is open to swimmers outside of our swim school. You can bring a friend or forward to a swimmer who may be interested.
First and Last week of the school holidays - We have a small number of holiday intensives available at the Bunya pool for children aged 3-5 or still using platforms in the Bunya pool.
Intermediate to advanced swimmers - For the swimmers doing laps we have a dive, endurance and stroke intensive running at Everton Park State School's Pool.
make up Classes
Don't forget make up classes expire over the Christmas break so please use the portal to book any make ups that you want to utilise
Dear Swim Parent,
Thank you for giving your child the outstanding gift of water safety and fun in the water.
Thank you for making swimming a priority over ballet, soccer, gymnastics and so many other amazing extracurricular activities available for kids today.
Thank you for giving your child the remarkable gift of water safety and then for sticking around for them to learn swim strokes.
Being able to confidently participate in school swimming carnivals is so uplifting to children. A child with a comfortable stroke is always congratulated on their beautiful swimming, even if they don’t place in a race. I so often hear from parents after a school carnival ‘they may not have won but their stroked looked so beautiful in the pool and they had fun.’
Thank you for giving your child the chance to use the water for exercise. In learn to swim or squad or as an adult, being comfortable in your swim stroke is a tremendous gift to your relationship with exercise and fitness.
This learning to swim malarkey can be a tricky business. Learning to swim takes tenacity, it takes commitment from a child and from a parent and it takes time. So one last time, thank you for trusting my team and me to take your children on their swim development journey. There are so many different parts of water survival and swim stroke that a child needs to master for it all to be put together as a whole; we try to balance correction and praise to make the lesson enjoyable. We couldn’t do this without your commitment to bring your little swimmer week after week.
Dear Future Little Big Swim Coach,
I believe swim teaching is a meaningful, rewarding job. You’re often a child’s first formal teacher and you can be part of helping a child feel successful in the water and learn some incredibly important skill sets. I’m writing this open letter in case you’re a person who would like to join us in this amazing industry.
I want to be able to continue to offer small and focussed lessons in our very unique outcome focussed teaching style. To do that we need to welcome a new swim teacher and we're happy to train the right person from scratch.
All of us at Little Big Swim School have trained exclusively to teach at Little Big. Our teaching methods are unique and none of us have ever taught anywhere else. If you've thought to yourself 'Damn I wish I could teach here' then we'd like to talk to you about just that.
So, who makes a good swim teacher at our school?
This gig includes a Saturday afternoon shift and some during the week gigs too. Our rosters can include the following hours.
Monday to Friday 8-1pm 3.30-6pm
How do you become a swimming teacher?
To teach children at our school you need to complete two Austswim course.
Austswim Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety
Austwim Teacher of Infant and Aquatics
Each course requires 20 hours of industry training which can be done with us. After your training through Austswim you are insured and qualified to teach swimming independently. As a swim school if you are a new instructor with us our team tend to spend up to six months team teaching with you to make sure you know ALL the ropes.
The downside of working in the Aquatics Industry?
We can’t always control our children’s access to water (pools, lakes, dams) but we can teach them to respect water for what it is – a place that can be fun but a place with boundaries that need to be respected. In respect for the two children who drowned at Kingston earlier in the week we are re-enforcing an already existing element of our program – permission to enter the water.
Waiting to enter the water – when this is a strongly reinforced message it teaches our children the seriousness of water and the respect it deserves. We want our children to ask permission to enter as well as gaining eye contact from an adult before they swim out. Verbal children should be asking for our attention before they swim off a step or the wall.
Teaching a child to wait for permission to enter the water is a social emotional lesson in teamwork and manners but far more importantly it’s about respecting that an adult needs to be watching you and aware of your movements in the water.
What we will expect of our swimmers
What we will do to reinforce this message:
What we need you to do to reinforce this message:
As a parent your responsibility is to not allow your child to touch the water when they do not have yours AND their teacher’s permission. It’s important that this message comes from you as well as from us. They need to know that ALL water needs to be respected at ALL times.
Accidents happen and kids are adventurous. By teaching them to respect the water and being consistent in the ‘permission to enter the water’ rule we hope that if our children are near a body of water unsupervised (or if you have your back turned for just one minute) they will steer clear of the edge, preventing an accidental fall and a child quite literally getting in over their heads.
My other work gig is Arana Hills Physio. A lot of our swim program is based on our understanding of physical competencies.
If you haven't heard the word on the street Arana Hills Physio are expanding and opening a fitness studio adjoining the physio practice. We're pretty excited about the new space and have had kids fitness in mind during the design.
We're installing a rock climbing wall, monkey bars, running track, plyometric tracks, TRX and lots of awesome fitness toys.
We are using the new space this winter to deliver strength and conditioning for older swimmers and core stablility, coordination and fitness training for our younger swim team members.
Senior Swim Training Components
Junior Swim Training Components
10 week training sessions from Monday 11th June to Friday August 18th.
Places are VERY limited and only open to swimmers from our school or other swim programs. Fill in the expression of interest below to reserve a spot.
Prices: $200 for the 10 week block.
Hello swim team,
Your new swim times are on the swimmers portal (link on front page) and an invoice will be on its way to you email addresses (if you haven't received it by Tuesday night check your junk and if it's still not there, get in touch and we'll sort it out).
The best way to view times is in the swimmers portal. If you are on direct debit, you can disregard the balance on the invoice but there’s good info on the email itself about the new season and your swim time is on the invoice itself.
Frequently asked questions about the new season set up.
Q – What?? My time has changed!! How rude / inconvenient / awesome, my new time is better!
A – Sorry / sorry / you’re welcome. We often need to jig around classes at the beginning of a term to facilitate families requiring consecutive lessons, kids going into new levels and some of our big kids going off to squad. If your new time is completely unmanageable get in touch and we’ll do some jenga magic to find something that works. This is an unavoidable side effect of continuing to have ONE lesson in the pool at a time, we will never change that.
Q – My child has two swim times / no swim times / weird swim times.
A – More than likely a Tanya Admin error. Get in touch and we’ll sort you out.
Q – My children don’t have consecutive lessons.
A – Please see answer to previous question OR if one child is school aged and the other in younger school aged children swim after 3.30pm Monday to Friday and younger children swim during the day.
Q – My child is in a new swim level.
A – Congratulations! Your child is doing well and is progressing. If you’re concerned that the upwards move is a mistake or your child may not feel confident please let us know and we’ll make a decision about it together.
These are our progress levels. Baby to 3, Water Independence, Emerging Stroke, YOBO Stroke development (You Only Breathe Once) and H2Go Stroke Development.
Q - Why are make ups not available for the first fortnight?
A – We want to settle swimmers into their regular spots with their regular swimming pals. Make ups put a spanner in the works in the first couple of weeks of season. If you can’t make a lesson during the first two weeks notify an Unable to Attend through the portal like normal and you have until the end of May to make up your missed classes. Make ups will enabled from 15th September.
Q- There is a balance from last season that is still on my account.
A – If a direct debit failed the balance will appear as a balance brought forward. Kate, our admin rock star has attempted contact with everyone who has an existing balance. Please make arrangements for any outstanding debts from last season to be rectified before the end of January. Let us know if there’s been a reconciliation error.
Q – Where are my make ups from last term? They have disappeared!
A – Make ups expire at the end of season. I appreciate this can be disappointing. Our make-up policy is comparatively quite generous; most school require a make up to be completed within a week or calendar month. We’re happy to give you the season to book in and appreciate that sometimes a makeup isn’t available when it’s convenient for you to attend which is why we’re happy to give you the season to complete them. Make ups expire in December and May. If you’d like to re-familiarise yourself with our T&C here’s the link. http://www.littlebigswim.com.au/terms-and-conditions.html
I’m sure there are other questions that may be asked frequently. Let us know if you have any questions not answered here.
Tanya and the team,
Welcome to our first GO GOLD Intensives. Profits from all GO GOLD sessions go towards children's cancer projects.
Lots of schools are having their swimming carnivals next term. September holiday workshops are to train in a 25m pool for 25m and 50m in freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly.
First half hour - Starts (Dives and off the blocks), Turns, finishers and Second Hour - competitive elements of up all four strokes (if your child is only complete in one or two strokes they will be trained in these strokes).
These are not Learn to Swim workshops. They are ideal for swimmers who have complete stroke (minimum of freestyle). If you haven’t learnt to swim with our school and have a minimum of a complete freestyle you are welcome to join these workshops. Your swimmer will be prepped in the strokes they have completed.
When: Every afternoon in the second week of the school holidays. Monday 25th - Friday 29th September. 1.30pm-2.30pm
Cost: $60 per swimmer (attend as many workshops a you like).
All money will be raised in support of Kids cancer community projects. Little Big Swim are donating staff wages and All About Aquatics are kindly donating the pool hire costs. (Note: the money raised in April for the Cambodia Swim project is being donated to established third world swim projects).
Location: Everton Park State School's swimming pool.
We have amazing plans for the Little Pool at Bunya this season. I am returning to the water with the stroke development kids and I am I feel like I'm coming home (quite literally as it is my home but you know what I mean!). Our teaching team are amazing.
It is with a very heavy heart that I do have to say that we are closing the Mitchelton location. If you're a Mitchelton stroke development swimmer or a junior who still needs to complete breaststroke and butterfly you're welcome to join the mad-all kinds of awesome classes at Bunya (the Bunya pool is only 50cm shorter than the width of the Mitchelton Pool). For Juniors, Seniors and Adults we have a plan for you too!
For those of you who haven't heard my daughter Lara (6) was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia in April this year. She is rocking oncology like a star and her prognosis is optimistic. Leukaemia treatment is a long haul and treatment protocol is 2.5 years. It is because of my commitment to Lara's treatment that I have come to the sad decision to close the Mitchelton pool location. If you swim with us at Mitchelton below are your options to stay in the water.
Join us at the Bunya (5 Allen Road, Bunya) location Monday to Friday 7.15am or 3.30pm-6pm. Saturday 7am-9am
Junior Squad still completing breaststroke and butterfly development can also join us at Bunya.
Bunya's stroke development teacher ratio is 1 teacher to 3 students.
Junior Squad: Some Juniors are finished and can transition to another squad (I have a couple I can recommend).
Seniors and Adults: Join another location squad or join me my old squad at All About Aquatics, Everton Park.
On a personal note I have loved teaching your children at the Big Pool. To be able to celebrate a child's progress and to be able to support them to do greater things in the water has been something I have very much enjoyed. Thank you for your support.
Referrals for Juniors and Seniors
All About Aquatics at Everton Park is the squad where I have previously trained and as adult and they have extended an invitation to transition our swimmers to them (Junior, Senior and Adult). Your first lesson is free and I will attempt to be there for the first week of their season to transition swimmers to a new coach.
All About Aquatics
Everton Park State School
0413 201 534
Grovely State School.
0438 767 946
Ryan is an excellent coach with a solid foundation in competitive stroke. I haven't personally worked with Ryan but have had some phone conversations and he appears to have a similar approach to development as Little Big Swim; get the shapes of the stroke right first and then endurance and speed will come thereafter.
Tanya is passionate about children's water safety, "Especially here in Queensland where water is such a big part of our lifestyles every child should learn to swim".