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Swimming Australia and Belgravia Leisure partner to deliver activity and experience-based swim school teaching

Swimming Australia and Belgravia Leisure partner to deliver activity and experience-based swim school teaching
November 12, 2019

GOswim, a next-generation swimming and water safety program, has been launched by Belgravia Leisure in partnership with Swimming Australia.

With a focus on experiential and activity-based learning, the fun oriented GOswim encourages and supports students to explore pathways into competitive and recreational lap swimming.

Introducing the program, Kym McMahon, General Manager Sport Growth at Swimming Australia, advised “GOswim is very much about keeping kids in the water, ensuring they are having fun and learning how to be safe in the water.”

With different levels of the GOswim program feature specific characters, each named after different Australian locations, the multiple levels ensure that every child can be part of the program.

As McMahon added “it’s really about ensuring that the kids are developing in their own way and are given the opportunity to experience swimming in a safe and comfortable environment.”

The program is based on experiential learning that, unlike command teaching, is not based on a coach out the front of the class shouting commands - this also means more time for being active and more playtime.

With activities forming an important part of the program, GOswim follows a set curriculum, with an overall program framework that each teacher follows to ensure national consistency and quality in program delivery.

This means participants can go to a GOswim program at any Belgravia Leisure centre and expect a consistency in its approach.”

GOswim teachers also ensure that all swimmers understand water safety at an age-appropriate level and provide a safe learning environment for students.

In addition, the top level of the program is GOswim Academy, aimed atr children who want to take their swimming to the next level. In the academy, participants extend their competencies in a squad-type environment while covering water safety components at a higher level.

McMahon noted “some of the outcomes of the program that we’re really proud of are ensuring that kids are enjoying swimming, which will hopefully keep them swimming for life.

“That’s a real goal of ours and by partnering with Belgravia Leisure, participants get the stability of support right from the start of learning to swim as they develop their swimming skills.”

Every child’s GOswim journey is also powered by innovative technology – the Splash app and digital platform. The Splash app was specifically designed to improve communication and interaction between swim schools, parents and swimmers.

McMahon added “once the kids are assessed in their program, which happens regularly, parents will get a notification to say how their child is progressing.

“The app keeps the parents connected to the program and the swim school communicating with the parents around their child’s progression. That was based on feedback from a lot of parents who weren’t fully understanding where their kids are at regarding their learn to swim development.”

As well as keeping parents in the loop, the Splash app engages the swimmer with notifications on skills and milestone achievements, digital awards and video messages from the Australian Dolphins swim team. These messages, from champions such as Cameron McEvoy and Ellie Cole, encourage kids to keep on swimming.

GOswim’s 52-week membership includes a 48-week program and a 15-day intensive swimming program for each student

The different levels of the GOswim program feature specific characters, each named after different Australian locations:

• Taz the starfish is the mascot for the three infant levels (level 1 for 6-12 months, level 2 for 12-24 months and level 3 for 24-36 months)
• Queenie the seahorse for the three preschool levels (all for 3-5 years)
• Adele the jellyfish for primary level 1
• Victor the platypus for primary level 2
• Syd the seal for primary level 3
• Mel the marlin for primary level 4
• Bruce the shark for primary level 5
• Ozzie the orca for primary level 6

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