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FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Answers to the most frequently asked questions.

Why should my child learn to swim?

This is possibly the best question to ask. Quite simply, if a child cannot swim, their life is at risk. Swimming is one of the fundamental skills children need to develop their brains well and to confidently participate in movement activities as they grow. Learning to swim supports development of the vestibular system that is critical to balance in almost all sports. Research also now shows that babies who learn to swim enjoy vital skin-on-skin contact while in water. This releases oxytocin in a babies brain which is the calming hormone. These babies go on to being able to better deal with stress as adults and are less likely to develop depression as an adult.
These media clips have been put together by Water Safety New Zealand and explain it all.

What age can my baby begin swimming lessons?

We take babies from 3 months of age as more and more research is showing that the earlier you can get your baby into the water the better it is for them.
The water provides free movement for a young baby as there is little gravitational pull. It enables the baby to strengthen their muscles and it is also so important for their brain development as well as safety in the water.
Research is showing that a baby who starts swimming is more intelligent and better at fundamental skill development than their equivalent peers.
Generally once they have a built up immune system they are fine to start. Whether or not they have a built up immune system is just a judgement call from your point of view as a parent as to whether your child has been healthy in his first three months of life (i.e. no heavy colds, vomiting, etc.)

How do I enrol my child for swimming lessons?

If you are interested in enrolling your child for swimming lessons then simply call or email the office and request an enrolment form, or download one from under the 'Downloads' tab. If your child is aged 4 and over we will arrange a time for an assessment so your child is placed in a class appropriate to their skill level. Once the assessment has been completed we will then give you class options. If your child is under the age of 4 years then we will give you class day/time options based on your preferred day and relative time indicated on the enrolment form.

How many lessons are there a term?

Each term at Liz van Welie Swim School coincides with the primary school terms. The number of lessons per term therefore depends on the length of the primary school terms. For example if Term 1 is 11 weeks, long then there will be 11 swimming lessons, and if Term 3 is 10 weeks long there will 10 lessons.

What swimming curriculum do you use?

For our Under 5s we use the Smart Moves Curriculum. Smart Moves follows the philosophy that a child is pre-programmed to move whether it be in the water or on land and that a moving child is a learning child. Water is an especially dynamic playground! Water allows freedom of movement while creating new sensations that stimulate children's natural, whole-body learning. That's why we believe early and frequent experiences in the water are essential to a child's healthy and well-rounded development. Parent involvement and participation in the water is essential in supporting the child to build water confidence as well as helping create a special bond between the parent and child.

What is MagnaPool?

The MagnaPool system naturally converts Magnesium minerals into Magnesium Hydroxide (also known as milk of magnesia), which is so gentle that many people apply it directly to the skin to heal skin conditions. In the MagnaPool system, this magnesium compound acts as a natural coagulant and flocculent that filters out even the tiniest of organic impurities from our water. Without anything to feed on, bacteria prefer not to reside in our swimming pool. MagnaPool's water science technology is providing children and people learning how to swim with natural mineral based water that is gentle on the eyes and therapeutic for the skin. For more information visit

How does the holiday programme work?

These are intensive blocks of five lessons in a row, one per day for five days. Children often flourish in this environment having more regular skill development.

Does my child need to wear goggles for lessons?

Goggles are good fun and necessary once children start to swim laps. In the early stages children should learn without goggles, just so they don't panic when water gets in their eyes.

Does my child need to wear a swimming cap for lessons?

Wearing a swim cap is preferred as it is not only hygienic but also stops water running into your child's eyes and mouth when their face is lifted out of the water. This makes concentrating easier which in turn helps your child's progress. 80% of body heat is lost through the head, therefore wearing a cap reduces heat loss. Swim caps also help maintain water quality.

Do you offer make-up lessons?

If a make-up lesson is needed we do our best to fit this in if there is room in other classes of the same level.

What is the length and depth of your pool?

The depth of the pool varies between 0.7 and 0.9 metres.