How long will it take before my child can swim by themselves?
There are many factors that contribute to a child’s readiness to swim by themselves. Like all developmental milestones it is hard to predict exactly when a child will be able to do it by itself.
Many factors play a part including past experiences in the water, their maturity and age.
Children who have had a lot of playtime in the water are generally more relaxed in an aquatic environment compared with those who have had little or no exposure.
The most important thing to remember is that constant adult supervision is vital even if your child begins swimming and demonstrates that they understand water safety skills.
How much do lessons cost?
The cost of mobile lessons is charged at a flat rate that is based on the duration of the lesson. Lessons are normally 30 minutes in duration, however 45 minute and 1 hour classes are available on request.
Family packages can be tailored depending on how many children you have and whether they have similar or different swimming abilities. If all your children are at different levels an instructor can teach each child separately and we can organise a lesson length to suit your situation.
Please contact us to find out more about cost.
Can my children have their lesson at the same time even though they all have different swimming ability?
If you have 2 or more children all at different ages and levels we suggest conducting individual lessons consecutively. For example if you have 3 children you can have a 1hour lesson where each child gets a 20min individual lesson.
Every family is different, so please feel free to contact us to organise an option that suits you best.
How many children can take part in a lesson?
Class size can vary from 1 child to a maximum of 4 children.
The class size is entirely up to you. Some families and friends create their own small individual classes when they have children at similar abilities. Others just want private tuition for each of their children within an allocated timeframe. There are many variations and we can help you organise a class structure to suit your needs.
What ages do you teach?
We teach children of all ages beginning from 6months of age. If your child is under 2 years it is advisable that a gas or solar heater adequately heats the pool. Water less than 30 degrees is not advisable for babies.
In addition to children we also conduct stroke correction and learn to swim for adults on request.
Do lessons continue if it’s raining and cold?
For outdoor lessons we will only cancel a lesson if there is a thunderstorm, in which case we will contact you immediately. If it is raining and cold we will still conduct the lesson as scheduled unless you request a cancellation.
We will never assume that a lesson is not going ahead because of cold or rainy weather. Please view our cancellation policy for more information.
What do I do if my children are sick?
Please respect our precautionary health rules and refrain from lessons if your child is suffering from the following:
a. any contagious disease
b. Flu, fever, head cold, infected runny nose, sore throat, cold sores and open wounds
c. Vomiting, diarrhoea, symptoms of gastroenteritis, ringworm or head lice.
For mobile lessons we require at least 12 hours notice to be able to organise a make up lesson.
For Sunday lessons we are able to grant a make up lesson if a medical certificate is provided. Please view our cancellation policy for more details.
What qualifications do the instructors have?
AquaBuddies instructors are qualified by Austswim or Swim Australia. In addition they also have a current CPR qualification.
Does AquaBuddies have insurance?
Yes, AquaBuddies has a $20 million Public Liability and Professional Indemnity insurance policy. In addition all our instructors have their own personal insurance cover.
Are Lessons available during winter?
Lessons are available throughout the year. In winter we do not offer outdoor lessons, however we continue to teach at indoor pools in apartment complexes and serviced apartments.
We also have lessons available on a Sunday at a private indoor pool at The Wairoa School in North Bondi. These lessons are available during school term only. Please view our page regarding Sunday Sessions for more information.
We don’t have our own pool, is it possible to still have lessons?
For people who don’t have their own pool we have Sunday classes available at a private indoor pool at The Wairoa School in North Bondi. The pool is heated to 32degrees throughout the year and is a great alternative for people without a pool. Please view our page regarding Sunday Sessions for more information.
Unfortunately if you don’t have a pool we cannot conduct lessons at your local public swimming pool. Public pools generally have their own swim schools so their policies normally do not allow swimming lessons outside their school to be taught there.