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Staying Water Safe in Winter

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We don’t often associate beach days and time at the pool with winter but our cooler months are when we need to be extra vigilant when it comes to water safety.

Much cooler water temperatures and heavier clothes can put swimmers in a dangerous position if they were to ever fall into a body of water fully clothed during winter. In addition to this, increased rainfall can fill up backyard buckets or inflatable swimming pools, creating potential drowning risks for our little swimmers. As little as 3cm of water (enough to cover the nose and mouth) can be enough to cause a drowning hazard.

During winter, make sure to pack away any inflatable pools which are no longer being used and turn buckets upside down to stop rain from filling them up. Most importantly, consistent and continuous swimming lessons, including throughout winter, is the best way to keep kids safe in and around water. Swimming lessons develop muscle memory that swimmers will depend on entirely if they were to accidentally fall into a body of water.

Receive Up To $200 With Vic Government’s Active Kids Program

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The Victorian Government announced $21 million over two years for the Get Active Kids Voucher Program. The Program is a Victorian first and will provide support to under-represented groups experiencing barriers to participation in sport and recreation.

The Get Active Kids Voucher Program helps eligible families get their kids involved in organised sport and recreation activities by reimbursing the cost of membership and registration fees, uniforms and equipment. Eligible children may be able to receive up to $200 each and this could be used for Windy Hill & BayFit swimming lessons!

HOW TO APPLY

Children must be aged 4 to 18 and named on a valid Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card and Medicare card to be eligible. Find out if you can apply, what costs are covered and how much can be reimbursed.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?

To be eligible for a voucher your child/dependant must be:

  • aged 4 to 18 years
  • a resident in Victoria
  • named on a valid Australian Government Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card (at the time of your application), and
  • named on a valid Australian Government Medicare card (at the time of your application).
  • You can apply for more than one voucher if you have multiple eligible children/dependants.

You must apply separately for each child/dependant.

WHEN CAN YOU APPLY?

There are specific dates (claim periods) when you can apply. You must have incurred your expenses within specific dates too.

There is a total of 100,000 vouchers available from 1 March 2021 until 15 April 2022.

Subject to availability, you can apply for up to two vouchers for each eligible child from 1 March 2021 to 15 April 2022. However, you can only apply for one voucher per child in a claim period.

The application portal for Round 3 begins on Friday 9 July 2021, and you apply to claim between October 4th – 12th November 2021.

All BlueFit Swim Instructors who teach a class in October will receive a $200 voucher*!

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Dive in and help us make a difference in the lives of others!

Each year more than 250 people drown in our waters, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Every Australian child should have access to swimming lessons. Unfortunately, we don’t currently have enough Swim Teachers to make this a reality for the kids in our communities. So, we’re doing a recruitment drive.

If you currently teach, have taught before, or it’s something you think you’d like to try, then you could be eligible.

No quals? No problem! The first 100 people to register will get FREE training valued at $250.

Already a Swim Teacher?

If you’re already a swim teacher who will be instructing classes at BlueFit there’s nothing more you need to do… just keep working with us through October and you’re in!

If you don’t currently teach but are qualified and ready to go, then apply today!

So what are you waiting for? If you have a passion for helping others, a patient and compassionate nature, and a desire to make a difference, we’d love you to become a swim teacher at BlueFit.

For all the details and full eligibility terms and conditions please visit the website.

*Terms and conditions apply.

 
 

Applications For School-Based Traineeships Are Now Open!

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Applications For School-Based Traineeships Are Now Open!

Work in the sport and recreation industry while you study a Certificate III Aquatics and Community Recreation.

Students will train and work across a variety of roles, including pool lifeguarding, swim teaching, sports coaching and customer service.

This program is the perfect opportunity for students who are looking to gain a head start in their careers and get industry experience in the workforce.

Don’t wait, register your interest now!

Bluey’s Swimming Adventure Starts Now!

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Between now and September 4th 2021, our swim school has an exciting journey for our students to join in on, Bluey’s Swimming Adventure!

Weeks leading up to the commencement of the program, our reception team will have Sticker Books available for FREE to hand out to currently enrolled swimming students. Starting this week, students have a specific animal sticker to collect with every completed swimming lesson and attach it to their book to continue the journey.

When a student collects all 15 stickers they will win one of our lucky dip prizes. We also have a special opportunity for the students who complete the full book to go into the draw win an iPad! By scanning the QR code on their sticker book, you can upload an image of the student holding their sticker book on the BlueFit Swimming website to have the chance to win.

Only “eligible clients” are able to enter. The prize is not redeemable for cash and cannot be exchanged. 

The lucky dip prizes include a yoyo, coloured pencils or a swim cap! The winner for the iPad will be selected and contacted by 13th September 2021. We will contact the winner and send the iPad to the site that they have their lessons for collection.

Christmas Holiday Break

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Dear Parents,

The holidays are just around the corner, we hope you have a safe and fun-filled break!

Last lessons for the year will be on Sunday 20th December 2020 and we will re-open on Monday 4th January 2021.

During the break you will not be charged for any lessons, this break also includes all squad sessions.

Please remember that during the break you are welcome to bring the children for a free swim with a full paying adult, to ensure they continue to develop their skills.

BlueFit Swimming wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

We look forward to seeing you back for another year of swimming in 2021.

Royal Life Saving Shows Concern With Fall in Swimming Lesson Enrolments

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There is fear that due to COVID-19, it may have created a generation of non-swimmers who will never learn how to be safe around the water, warn experts.

The peak of swimming lessons in Australia is September just before the beginning of the summer season, however, this year enrolments at swimming schools across Australia dropped 25 per cent compared with last year, according to a research analysis done at 125 swimming facilities by Royal Life Saving Society Australia.

Due to this drop in numbers, these children are unlikely to ever reach national benchmarks that recommend every 12-year-old Australian should be able to swim 50 metres, float for two minutes and know how to respond to an emergency, Royal Life Saving’s chief executive Justin Scarr said.

“If a seven-, eight- or nine-year-old child can’t yet swim 50 metres and tread water for two minutes, then they should be in swimming and water safety lessons,” he said. “Non-swimming children become non-swimming adults, and that is a ticking time bomb.”

The National Swimming and Water Safety Framework, including the benchmarks, can be found here.

Being in a country surrounded by water, children’s swimming lessons are a critical life skill to prevent drownings and to encourage a lifelong love and understanding of the water.

Royal Life Saving is urging parents to judge their children’s swimming abilities and if they can’t reach the National Swimming and Water Safety Benchmarks for their age, they should enrol them in lessons prior to summer.

Royal Life Saving Chief Executive, Justin Scarr notes “the fall in swimming lesson enrolments is so dramatic that Royal Life Saving is concerned that COVID-19 may create a generation of non-swimmers, who will never be safe around water. Parents should be reminded that learning to swim is not only a partial vaccine against drowning, it boosts a lifelong love of swimming for fun, health and fitness.”

If you or you know someone or your child that needs to enrol into swimming lessons please fill out the form here.

Is The Pool Safe To Use?

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The short answer is YES! The pool is safe to use if you’re cautious, the long answer is that the centre for disease control confirmed Chlorine is effective against a broad range of viruses and there is no evidence that COVID-19 can be spread to through the use of pools.

We pride ourselves on our water quality and continue to perform regular pool checks throughout the day. To ensure our facilities remain clean throughout the day we now have onsite hygiene heroes dedicated to keeping our facilities safe to use and all our facilities are professionally cleaned and sanitised each night.

It’s understandable to be concerned about a chemical that dries out skin and hair and that has a smell that can linger long after a shower. But for the most part, experts say, there’s no reason to worry. Chemicals like chlorine and bromine are added to swimming pools to fight germs.

The chlorine in the pool will likely inactivate the virus, so doing laps is less of a concern. Bigger issues lie around the use of shared change rooms where people are often touching the mouth, nose and face and then maybe touching the lockers, so please remember to keep washing your hands and use our on-site hand sanitisers.

If you’re feeling sick or unwell, please stay home, rest, and do not visit our centre.

COVID-19 Update

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With restrictions starting to ease BlueFit is excited to be able to open our doors to the community. To ensure the health and safety of staff and customers there are a number of measures now in place.

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