It's the announcement we've been waiting to share - it's almost time to dive back in! We are so excited to announce that we are re-opening on Saturday 1st August. In the next month, we are finalising the refurbishments that have been taking place (check out the photos below), and implementing the necessary changes so that we are ready to welcome you back!
Included below are all the details about bookings, lessons and what to expect upon our return.
We are counting down the days and can't wait to see you back from Saturday 1st August!
To secure your spot, a booking must be made over the phone. If you previously had an active booking when we closed, you will need to call to rebook into your preferred day and time.
Our phone lines will be open from Monday 20th July.
Bookings can only be made with payment over the phone; unfortunately at this time we cannot accept bookings or payment in person.
Our phone line hours from Monday 20th July are:
Monday - Friday: 8am-12pm & 4pm-7pm
I had an active booking when you closed, can I still have the same time?
All lessons must be rebooked over the phone. Lessons in August will not automatically carry over from bookings in March. We are running to a similar timetable we previously had but have had to reduce the number of classes we provide to meet current requirements. In the months we have been closed, we are also aware that our customers schedules have changed. To make it fair for all of our customers, all classes are currently empty and ready for you to secure a time and day that suits your current needs.
Keeping You Safe
In line with current requirements, and to help keep you safer, we are implementing the following health and safety measures:
What to Expect
Whilst we are so excited to be returning to some sort of normality when we re-open in August, you might find things a little bit different. With some restrictions still in place, such as social distancing on pool deck and a restricted number of customers, the pool won't be quite back to normal. And after such a long time of no swimming, you might find your child to be acting a little differently too. Here are just some of the scenarios we are expecting to see when we return:
We strive to provide an environment that is positive, supportive and fun for our learners and encourage you to be patient, expect the unexpected and celebrate every success with your child - big or small!
Take a look at our Big Pool without any water! We have been busy doing maintenance work and are finishing off with a coat of fresh paint.
We hope everyone is safe and well and coping as best they can under these difficult and troubled times. We would like to thank all our families for their patience with regards to the restarting of swimming lessons and squads.
We are excited to announce that we are working towards a mid- July re-opening.
With community sport starting back again and restrictions slowly easing we are hopeful that this is the time we can re-open. We are also awaiting on clarification from the NSW Health Department regarding restrictions for the swim school industry.
Once we have an exact date, it will be communicated via email as well as posted on our website (www.coljonesswimhurstville.com.au)
and our facebook page (www.facebook.com/coljoneshurstville).
Currently renovations are rejuvenating our 25 metre pool and teachers and coaches are bursting at the seams to teach their students again. We can’t wait to welcome everyone back.
The Col Jones Team
For many of us, it feels like the world has been put on hold during COVID-19. With the extra time we are spending at home, increasing numbers of people are learning a new skill - like picking up an instrument or teaching themselves how to paint.
But there is one skill that might just be the most important of all - knowing how to help in an emergency situation. Knowing first aid and CPR gives you a set of skills that is critical in many emergency situations, not just aquatic emergencies.
According to the Royal Life Saving Society (Australia), in most drowning or near-drowning events, a family member is usually the first on the scene. Knowing what to do in an emergency situation and responding quickly is paramount to increasing a patient's chance of survival. Many children have their parents to thank for saving their lives, as they knew how to perform CPR.
Approximately 60% of injuries requiring first aid treatment occur in the home, meaning that it is likely to be your own family who require your help in an emergency situation.
Learning First Aid and CPR normally requires a face-to-face course, however due to COVID-19 many are now being taught remotely. Some companies are offering courses entirely online, some are mostly online with just the practical component face-to-face, and others are allowing the theory to be completed online now with the practical component to be completed once restrictions ease. There are many organisations who teach these life saving skills - check out the links below for more information:
To download and print a copy of a CPR chart, free of charge, visit NSW Ambulance. The information provided in the chart is not intended as a substitute for completing a First Aid or CPR course.
(This information is not intended to substitute the lifesaving skills learnt through participating in a First Aid or CPR course. Col Jones Hurstville urges all our parents and carers to enrol in a course today.)
Danger - Check for danger
Response - Is the patient unresponsive?
Send for help - Shout for help, call 000 for an ambulance, and ask for a defibrillator if there is one available
Airway - Check airway is open and unobstructed
Breathing - Look, listen and feel for breathing
CPR - Start CPR (30 compressions : 2 breaths)
Defibrillator - Attach a defibrillator as soon as it is available
Backyard pools are perhaps the most obvious places which pose a risk of drowning, but even if you do not have a pool at home, the risk of drowning around the home is still very much present. There are many areas both inside the home and around the garden which present as dangers to young children.
The Royal Lifesaving Society Australia (RLSA) have found that drowning deaths have occurred in the following places:
Often, it is young children and toddlers who are most at risk of drowning in these places and it is often when supervision is lacking and parents or carers attention is diverted. RLSA recommends that when there are known bodies of water around the home, that supervision is constant. Where possible, bodies of water should be removed - bathtubs emptied immediately, ice and liquids removed from eskies, and buckets emptied (particularly following rain).
The Royal Lifesaving Society Australia also highlights the importance of supervision in social settings, where bodies of water around the home may not always be known and where attention may be divided. On many occasions there may be confusion as to who is watching the children, with adults wrongly assuming somebody else is. To avoid confusion, RLSA advise that in social settings at least one responsible adult is designated the 'child supervisor' at all times.
For more advice and fact sheets, and to read a real life tragic story on an esky drowning death, head to the Royal Life Society Australia's website.
There are many ways you can help your children at home to gain confidence and skills – and they’re not all water based!
Play in the Shower or Bath
Students who are afraid or not comfortable submerging their faces can practice in the shower or bath.
The key is to start with a small amount of water (soap and shampoo free of course!) trickling down from the top of their heads – only some will reach their faces and is a great way to slowly introduce them to water on their faces in a familiar and fun environment. You can even encourage your children to wear their goggles in the bath and let them explore at their own pace – they will probably be having so much fun they don’t even realise they have submerged their face! Remember to remain encouraging, do not force it and always supervise them! Every child learns at their own pace.
Taking small steps (to retain the correct position) they can practice walking and soon you will have a penguin in the house!
Summer may have ended but the risk of drowning still remains. It is so important that parents remain vigilant with their children around water, not just at pools and beaches in the warmer months but around the home, especially the bath year-round. Ross Gage, Chief Executive of the Australian Swim Schools Association (ASSA) states that “drowning doesn’t discriminate, and as accidents can occur in nearly any body of water, in any season, and to almost anyone, maintaining skills is paramount.”
According to Royal Life Saving Australia, the majority of bathtub drowning deaths occur when there is an interruption to routine, such as the phone or doorbell ringing. Many parents and carers believe that they’ll only be gone for a minute - but this is enough time for a tragedy to occur.
In Australia, on average, 5 children under the age of five drown, and 47 are hospitalized due to bathtub drowning incidents each year. One in four hospitalizations results in permanent injury such as brain damage. As a parent or carer it is hard to be in all places at once and bath time poses one of the highest risk of drowning for babies and toddlers.
Like Col Jones Swim School, Royal Life Saving are committed to educating parents to reduce the number of drownings. They have developed the Keep Watch @ Bath Time program which informs parents and carers on ways to prevent their children from drowning through Active Supervision. It has four key elements:
Actions to help prevent your child drowning during bath time:
Josephine Moss, Swim School Coordinator.
Josephine and the team at Col Jones Swim School at Hurstville are committed to educating our families on water safety. To see more of the Royal Life Saving Society's bath time safety advice, please visit www.keepwatch.com.au.
Myth: My child can swim now so I can just drop them off to their lesson.
Fact: All children aged 12 years and under, must be accompanied and supervised by a parent or guardian at all times in the centre. Whilst our pool deck supervisors and teaching staff are an important safety feature in our programs, they are not intended to replace the close and active supervision of parents or caregivers.
This is regardless of ability. Your child may be able to swim very well, however parental supervision is still required. Often we have students who need to use the toilet during their class and need their parent to accompany them. There are also times when first aid needs to be provided (such as for a nosebleed for example), which calls for mum or dad's support.
Myth: Teaching Aids are only for young children and beginners.
Fact: Teaching aids are used in every single level at Col Jones Hurstville, including in our competitive stream and our adults program! Teaching aids are not just arm floaties or back bubbles - they also include kickboards, pull buoys, flippers, and noodles. All of our teaching devices serve an important purpose in our program, whether that's helping to build confidence, or isolating a particular skill to work those muscles harder. We've detailed some of their uses below:
Author: Josephine Moss (Swim School Coordinator)
On average, one child dies each year from a portable pool related drowning in Australia. Many more are hospitalised and are left with severe, life-long conditions including brain injuries.
Portable pools may seem safer - they are generally not as deep as in ground pools, are often temporary, and may appear less of a drowning risk. The fact is though, they are just as dangerous as below-ground pools. These pools include inflatable wading pools, plastic kiddie pools and even larger plastic pools with a frame.
Summer may be over, but until portable pools have been emptied and stored safely, the risk remains.
To read more on the Don’t duck out - Make it SAFE campaign, and read a first-hand recount on a portable pool tragedy, head to Royal Life Saving Society's website.
Author: Josephine Moss (Swim School Coordinator)
We live by the motto that swimming is a gift for life because learning how to swim not only teaches important life skills, it creates oodles of fun for the whole family with precious memories created along the way. But did you know swimming is also a gift for a HEALTHY life? Learning to swim strengthens our bodies, our minds and our immune systems.
We had a very successful summer season this year, many swimmers achieving personal bests.
It's great to hear so many stories in our swim school of children competing for the first time at their school swimming carnival. It's wonderful to hear the parents talk about the increase in their child's self esteem and self confidence.
We have had many children progress on through to Zone / Cluster and onto Mackillop / Regionals. Well done to everyone for giving it your all!
2020 NSW Junior Metropolitan Championships:
Earlier this month we had 6 swimmers qualify for the NSW Metropolitan Junior Swimming Championships. We saw all their hard work pay off with sensational swimming and huge PB's across 9 events.
Congratulations Chloe, Jacqueline, Maya, Samantha, Samuel and Thomas! These swimmers are all members of our competitive squads and have trained hard to achieve such an amazing feat! All the best for another successful swim at the NSW Junior State Age Championships!