Stages of Learning

Stages of Learning Even though motor skills vary widely in type and complexity, the learning process that individuals go through when acquiring various motor skills is similar. Paul Fitts (1964) designed three stages (or phases) of learning: the cognitive, associative, and autonomous stages. A ‘swimming motor skill’ at SwimSense has been outlined by our Challenger…

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How long will it take my child to learn to swim?

How long will it take my child to learn to swim? This is a question that goes through many parents’ minds. Learning to swim is a life skill so many families prioritise swimming as an activity throughout childhood. However it can be frustrating as it is not a motor movement that is natural to humans.…

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Is your Child not enjoying lessons?

“Water Wobbles” It is very common to find a 2-4 year old who has been a confident and happy baby in the water, all of a sudden become ‘fearful’ or doesn’t enjoy the water for a period of time. We often say to parents, you may feel your child is taking a step backwards in…

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Staff First Aid Training

Over the Term 1 holidays, staff went through and re-validated their first aid certificates. Rob from Selwyn First Aid did an excellent job of tailoring the training towards Swim Teaching and pools. All staff are now trained in first aid.  

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New for Term 2!

Special for Term 2: Everyone enrolled in our child/parent classes (Waterbabies, Toddlers and Superkids) are welcome to drop in to our casual classes – 10.45am Tuesday and 12.00pm Thursday. Please note: These are not formal lessons. There will be an instructor present to advise on the side of the pool. The equipment will be out for…

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Holiday Lessons

We are taking bookings for the April holidays. 18th – 22nd April (first week of the holidays). Private or shared lessons available every day of the week. Email info@swimsense.co.nz

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Staff Training

On March 12th, all staff went through the ‘SwimSense Way’ of teaching. Claire took us through the school-aged programme and Suzanne led the pre-school area. Great to introduce new staff to each other and all get together. Looking forward to the next training! 

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The Benefits of Teaching Babies to Swim

Babies less than a year old accept the water more readily than older children. Often they willingly go underwater in the first lesson. Fear of water is acquired as children grow older. The longer the baby is kept away from the water, the more likely the child will develop aqua phobia. Human infants are well…

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