Swim Archives - BayFit Leisure Centre

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August 16, 2019

Celebrating adult learners week from the 1st – 8th September 2019 we are offering new students their first swimming lesson for free!

It’s never too late to learn, refine or master your swimming skills. Living on the largest island in the world means we are constantly surrounded by water which is why it is so important that swimming is recognised as an important LIFE skill. Contact reception, enquire on our website or send us an email at altona@bluefitswimming.com.au to book or for more information!

 


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July 25, 2019

Are you looking to shape up the way you exercise in the water? Have you ever considered our popular Aqua Aerobics classes? We have a few reasons that may convince you to come down and try it out!

  1. It’s for everyone:
    Not many exercises can say that. Due to buoyancy, things appear lighter because the water is actually helping to push everything therefore, it’s easier on all of your joints.
  2. It’s a great way to socialise:
    Partaking in group fitness activities is a great way to meet people, to speak to others with similar interests, before, after and sometimes during the class!
  3. It’s a full-body workout:
    Just like swimming, AquaFit aims to move every single muscle in your body.

Find a suitable time for you by checking out our full group fitness timetable here


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July 22, 2019

Guess what Bluefit swim members?

BayFit will now be offering pre-school classes in the evenings to cater for our working parents or parents who have difficulty making the morning classes!

To express your interest please speak to our reception staff or alternatively give us a call on 9392 2222!


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July 22, 2019

With the winter season upon us, it becomes a little more difficult to get out of the house. However, swimming is a sport you can do all year round, and everyone can participate, especially when we have a heated indoor pool!

Here are our top 4 reasons why you and the family should hit up BayFit Leisure Centre:
  1. Swimming is one of the few sports you can do throughout your lifetime
  2. It does not require lots of special equipment and gear, all you really need is a swimsuit
  3. It creates a reason to get together— a good way to socialise with your family
  4. Did you know that swimming can boost your immune system? When cells in the body regularly get blood and oxygen, they function better

So what are you waiting for, grab your togs and let’s go!


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July 22, 2019

We all know swimming is a great form of exercise but do we actually know how to turn it into a workout? Is there more to just laps of strokes when exercising in the water? Of course, there is!

Try this workout below and see if it floats your boat:

WARM-UP:
  • Start by 2 laps of walking with high knees, as you get to the end of each lap do 10x squats
  • Shoulder rotations: 10 forward each arm, 10 back each arm
WORK-OUT:

1. Swim easy, with any stroke for 200m

2. Grab a kickboard with one hand and perform one-arm freestyle with the freehand for 100m (alternating arms every 25m)

3. Move to your back, and do 2 laps of survival backstroke

4. Grab a kick-board or hold torpedo on your back and kick for 100m

5. Do 200m of backstroke aiming to do 50m under 40 seconds

COOL-DOWN:
  • Pick any easy swimming movement for 200m and end with stretching against the pool wall

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June 5, 2019

Beat the price rise!

Avoid the price changes towards the end of the financial year by indulging in our very special promotion running for the month of June that allows you to get 5 additional visits when you purchase any of our 25 visit pass packs!

These passes are a great option for regular visitors as they are cheaper than paying for single casual entry. They can be purchased at reception so get down to the centre and take advantage of this amazing deal!

Offer expires 30th June 2019. This offer does not include PT sessions.

Find out more by giving us a call on (03) 9392 2222.


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April 5, 2019

Is your child struggling with a skill? Do you want to ensure your child is safe in the water and doesn’t forget their skills over winter?

Join our Autumn Holiday Program and give them an advantage in the pool! The program consists of 30-minute classes run across 5 consecutive days. The program helps build confidence and progression through consistency and repetition. If you are interested in booking into the program email bayfit@bluefitswimming.com.au or see reception for more details.

Swim Program Dates:
Mon 8th – Fri 19th April

Please note there will be no classes on the public holidays, Good Friday the 19th of April.


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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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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

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 altona@bluefitswimming.com.au