Term 4 2016 Newsletter

Hi everyone. Welcome back to the busiest term that we have had at Sea Turtle Swim School since we opened!

I am proud to say that in the 19 months since we opened we have achieved the following:

  • A gold medal from the Spa and Pool Association for the design and construction of the pool;
  • A new roof and sides over the pool (those guys that have been with me since day one – do you remember the open air, then the marquee?!);
  • We are a Silver Accredited Austswim Swim School. For you, this means that you can claim back for swim lessons from your health provider if they offer it J;
  • Cathy winning Austswim Teacher of the Year for WA (and will go into the National Awards next year);
  • One of only 21 swim schools in WA to be Water Wise Accredited (this means we do all we can to reduce our water usage);
  • Royal Lifesaving Association Endorsed Swim School – this means that we have committed to providing the absolute best in aquatic education through the use of qualified instructors, small class sizes, safe aquatic environments and the use of the Royal Life Saving Swim and Survive and Infant Aquatics swimming & water safety programs.
  • New teacher helping with lessons – Mike
  • And now…CARBON NEUTRAL! Mike has spent many hours working out our carbon footprint, which we will now offset. We don’t know for sure, but I wouldn’t be surprised if we are the only swim school in WA to do this.

We are immensely proud of all we have achieved in just over a year and a half and feel humbled by all the support you guys have given us. Thank you!

swim-and-survive-packWe have also decided to implement a new initiative to encourage 100% attendance. At the end of each term, everyone that has attended all their lessons will go into a draw to win a wonderful Swim and Survive Backsack! Regular attendance at lessons is vital to ensure that the skills learnt are cemented in. Practice outside of lessons too is even better!

As a Royal Lifesaving Endorsed Swim School, we will also resume certificates to celebrate our students’ progression through the levels. We will be starting that this term.

There are a few housekeeping issues I’d like to run through with you all, please:

  • Parking – please do your best to park on our property rather than in front of the neighbours. Please try to arrive no more than 10 minutes before your lesson and leave no later than 15 minutes after. This would help to ensure a smooth turnover of cars and avoid congestion. Obviously, if you can walk or cycle that would be even better J and fits in with our environmental program
  • Rubbish – please make sure you take your nappies home with you and put recycling in the recycling bin and the rest in the normal bin
  • Food – it is a Department of Health requirement that no food is consumed in the pool area. While I know sometimes this is unavoidable with the littlies, please make sure that you pick up any mess they make. The last thing I want to do after a long shift in the pool is pick up after your kids – I have enough of a job with my own!
  • Equipment – if your child plays with the equipment on the side of the pool or in the change room, please replace it in its correct place so it is to hand when we are teaching (as we can’t hop out to find it!).

Finally, Mike and I will be running the intensive holiday program again this year. We have set the dates from Mon 2 January to Friday 13 January. The cost will be $90 for one week (Monday to Friday) or $170 for two weeks (Mon – Friday x 2). If you are interested and haven’t already done so, please email me at cathy@seaturtleswimschool.com.au to register your interest. The classes will remain small like the term time lessons, so lots more individual attention and fun!

Thanks again for your support.

Happy Swimming!

Cathy and Mike



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