HOW TO MAKE BOOKINGS:

 

All siblings irrespective of age/ stage are booked into lesson times
which run concurrently.

Bookings for multiple series
may also be done in advance.

Here’s how:

 

STEP 1

 

Access ALL information required before making a booking by clicking on the orange tabs and noting details relevant to your family’s needs:
Class Descriptions
Series Dates and Times
How to Book
FAQ
Policies
Contact Us

 

STEP 2

 

Login and register your contact details using the Register / Log-in link above at the top orange menu bar.

STEP 3

 

Follow the prompts provided under the green tabs to fill your cart with the family’s requirements:
Pre-Primary Classes
School Age Classes
Children of all Ages
Training Groups
Adult Classes
Springboard Diving Classes

STEP 4

 

Check out the contents of your cart and make payment.

For further clarification to Log-in and Registration procedures refer to How to Book.

Frequently Asked Questions

FREQUENCY OF CLASSES

What are the merits in children attending lessons in a ten day series versus one lesson a week for ten weeks?

  • The ten consecutive day period maximises the building and retention of ‘muscle memory’ and instilling confidence in the learner when acquiring new skills at all ages and stages.

    The ten consecutive day classes, therefore, are significantly superior.

AGES/ STAGES AND CLASS SIZES

What is Southern Cross-Swimstruct's policy regarding the composition of classes and class sizes?

  • Southern Cross-Swimstruct prefers to separate pre-primary age children from school-age children as each group needs different management styles. Pre-primary aged children are taught on a 1:1 basis and require the moral and physical support of the teacher as they are taught in a deep water situation
  • The size of grouped classes for school-age children (between 2 – 6 children per teacher) is based on the principle 'size of class according to the age and stage of the learner'.

PHYSICAL SKILLS AND THE LEARNING PROCESS

What is involved in learning new physical skills?

  • Kinaesthesia is the name given to the process whereby the learner becomes aware of the position and movements of the relevant body parts by means of sensory receptors situated in the muscles, tendons and joints.
  • It follows, therefore, that a 'hands on' approach by the teacher is of vital importance in the introduction and development of new physical skills and in remediating established incorrect movements.
  • The regular conditioning ('drilling') of skills to be learnt is required if the learner is to succeed in performing a particular skill efficiently.

WHAT MAKES FOR A SOUND TEACHER PROFILE?

What characterises an effective teacher?

  • The establishment of a bond of trust and mutual respect between learner and teacher from the beginning of the series.
  • The presentation of all designated skills to be learnt  b e made from the outset of the series and represented in successive lessons until the learner is able to perform the skill efficiently to the desired level.
  • Provide feed back to the learner/s on their performance.
  • Praise for both effort and accomplishment when demonstrated by the learner.
  • Intervention and remediation when a particular skill is being performed by the learner incorrectly.
  • 'Eye contact' between teacher and learner is maintained throughout the lesson particularly when giving instructions and giving feed back to the learner.

What is 'sound teaching practice'?

The ability of the learner to swim progressively longer distances is the result of improved technique and the gaining of confidence = sound teaching practice.

THE SOUTHERN CROSS-SWIMSTRUCT SYLLABUS/ CURRICULUM

Which skills are included in the Southern Cross-Swimstruct Syllabus?

The Southern Cross-Swimstruct syllabus is made up of the following components:

  • The Essential Water Skills
  • The Swimming Skills
  • The Stroking skills

Which skills are included in the Southern Cross-Swimstruct Curriculum?

  • The Essential Water Skills are those skills, together with the Swimming Skills and Stroking Skills, which are vital to the learner becoming a proficient 'all round' swimmer.

They include Under Water Skills/ Surface Diving Skills/ Entry Skills/ Floating Skills.

  • The Swimming Skills include 'Dog Paddle' and 'Sculling' on the back.
  • The Stroking Skills include Freestyle/ Breast Stroke /Butterfly Stroke/ Back Stroke/ Survival Back Stroke/Side Stroke.

LEARNING TO COPE WITH A DEEP WATER SITUATION

Why is 'Dog Paddle' the much preferred means of a young learning to cope with a deep water situation?

'Dog Paddle' is the much preferred means of learning to handle a deep water situation confidently as it is  most easily and quickly learnt.

It allows the learner to hold the mouth clear of the water thus avoiding the necessity of establishing a complicated breathing technique.  

THE FORMAL STROKES

What are some of the challenges in learning the different strokes?

Back Stroke, Survival Back Stroke and Side Stroke:

are the easiest of all the strokes to gain proficiency in as the face is clear of the water and breathing is done in a natural way.

Freestyle (Front Crawl), Breast Stroke and Butterfly:

are the most complicated strokes of all because, in order to maintain an efficient swimming position with the head in line with the spinal axis,  the Learner is forced to adopt an unnatural breathing pattern which needs to be coordinated with the arm and leg movements.

The acquisition of an efficient breathing pattern in all three strokes and, particularly the Freestyle, is complicated and needs to be conditioned regularly and intensively over a lengthy period of time.

PAYMENT

How do I pay for lessons?

PayPal is our only method of payment. You do not need to have a PayPal account to use your credit/deit card via this method.

What if I cannot pay the full amount right now?

Please Contact Us if you are experiencing difficulty in making full payments for multiple series. Southern Cross-Swimstruct may (at its discretion) engage in a payment plan to assist. If you are unable to make full payment for your bookings for your child, you will not be able to proceed with the booking (online) and will need to discuss alternatives with Southern Cross-Swimstruct directly – 08 9284 1512 or Contact Us to initiate discussions about alternative arrangements.

CHANGING BOOKINGS

What do I do if I need to change my booking(s)?

Should changed family circumstances require the cancellation or change in series dates and/or lesson times, Southern Cross-Swimstruct requires that it be notified at least seven days before the commencement of the series.

WEATHER CONDITIONS

What if there's a storm?

Classes are conducted under almost all weather conditions and children are expected to attend classes no matter how inclement the weather may be. In such conditions lessons are modified to suit the circumstances.

On very rare occasion (4 occasions in the past 47 years) where electrical storms have occurred it was found necessary to cancel classes. In the event a decision to cancel would be made at the poolside and parents notified accordingly. Classes cancelled for this reason CANNOT BE MADE GOOD NOR FEES REFUNDED.

MAKE UP LESSONS

What do I do if my child is ill and cannot attend?

Lessons missed through injury or illness ONLY will be made good and are arranged at the mutual convenience of Southern Cross-Swimstruct and the family concerned.  A doctor’s certificate may be required.

Classes missed through social, holiday, family occasions, inclement weather conditions or sporting commitments will NOT be made good.