Do we dunk children under the water? Read on for our position on forced submersions and our philosophy on learn to swim.
We have always taught with the belief that learning the skills of swimming must occur in a safe, caring and supportive environment for all students. In accordance with this philosophy, we strongly believe that forced submersions (also known as dunking) do not have a place in our curriculum. Whilst our policy is generally considered industry best practice, some swim schools continue to teach through forced submersions resulting in students developing a long-term fear of swimming.
Two of Australia’s leading bodies on learn to swim, ASCTA and Swim Australia, have recently released a Position Statement on Submersions. We are affiliated with both ASCTA and Swim Australia and are pleased to see that their position statement reflects what we have been teaching for years.
ASCTA and Swim Australia “places the willingness and acceptance of the baby or toddler at the forefront of its submersion policy.” As evident here at Col Jones Swim School Hurstville, forcing any student’s (from baby all the way through to adults) head under the water is not practiced by our teachers. In fact, “submersion practices which are carried out on a baby or toddler without their obvious willingness is likened to enforced behaviour and is not ethically acceptable.”
Instead, here at Col Jones Swim School Hurstville, we work to each student’s pace. We familiarise our youngest students in our baby and toddler classes with getting their faces wet in a fun environment using toys, songs and cueing. Our older students are taught to blow bubbles correctly at their own pace alongside learning other skills such as kicking and floating. We find this gradual method to be successful for students of all ages to confidently and independently submerge their faces under water. There is a real sense of achievement when a student learns to put their face under the water on their own terms.
Learning to swim is a skill for life and we are committed to developing students who feel confident, safer and supported in the water.
Author: Josephine Moss (Swim School Coordinator)
The Defence Force
If you dream of a career in the Navy you will need to demonstrate your swimming ability. But it is not just water based jobs in the Defence Force which require personnel to be competent swimmers. Prospective applicants for the Army and the Airforce also need to undertake a swim test to ensure that they are suitable for the diverse roles that are undertaken in these careers.
Up in the Air
Flight attendants and pilots are careers which also require a proficient level of swimming. Not only is a swim test required, but training includes simulation of emergency water landings to ensure the cabin crew can assist you to safety.
Oceans and Beyond
Do you love working with animals? Have you considered a career working with sea creatures? There are a multitude of careers that work with our friends from the ocean and those in our aquariums and zoos. Dolphin trainers and marine biologists are some exciting examples where budding swimmers can put their skills to use.
Our local heroes also require swimming skills to help those in sticky situations. Police don’t just encounter criminals or road accidents; they are often called to respond to water emergencies such as on the beach, in creeks and waterways, and also in the case of flooding.
Perhaps one of the more well known careers to rely on strong swimming skills is that of a lifeguard. Lifeguards battle some of the roughest conditions to keep us safe at the beach and pool deck lifeguards work tirelessly to keep dozens of swimmers safe at once. Lifeguards have to pass some of the most rigorous swim tests to volunteer or start their careers in the field.
Tourism and Leisure
For those looking for a more ‘out there’ profession, swimming skills are deeply relied upon in the tourism and leisure industry by professions including diving instructors, tour boat guides and operators, surfing instructors, and those employed as either operators or instructors of water sports.
Flood Rescue Operator with the SES
The SES relies upon volunteers and permanent staff who are expert swimmers to help in times of water emergencies. These heroes work in some treacherous conditions and having strong swimming skills is essential.
Professional Swimmer or Surfer
Continue your swimming here at Col Jones and you could be following in the footsteps of many of our swimmers who have made it through to State and National Championships! Perhaps you’ll even be in the Olympics one day! If you have dreams of becoming a pro surfer, continuing your swimming journey will help get you there too.
Swim Teacher and Coach
We might be a little biased but we think the best jobs in the world are as a Swim Teacher or Coach here at Col Jones! If you have a love of swimming you might find yourself seeking a career with us!
Perhaps your dream is to work with National Geographic or go out on your own taking photos of the amazing creatures that roam our oceans and all there is to see under the sea? Swimming of course will take you there!
WE HAVE THE FOLLOWING OPTIONS...
Swimming doesn’t stop at the Gold Medal level – in fact it continues through Club Squads and Seniors where our students really develop their endurance through swimming longer laps and distances.
We also have our Competitive stream for those following that path!
Swimming isn’t something that is only for children – adults can start their swimming journey at any time.
Whatever your career path might be, don’t discount the importance of knowing how to swim!
Where will swimming take YOU?
Author: Josephine Moss (Swim School Coordinator)