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All Locations Newsletter Term 4 2016

Drowning is a silent action!

One of the things that we all hope for over summer is great weather. However, more exposure to our wonderful oceans, lakes and rivers means we are more exposed to the risks of drowning. Drowning is a silent action and can take a minute. You will not know if your child needs help if you are not watching them.

We’d love to see the Swimgym family come back safe and sound after a fun safe sunny summer.

At the beach

Understanding the ocean is very important – the more you know about how waves, wind and tides affect conditions in the water, the better able you are to keep yourself and others safe from danger.

  • If there are Surf Life Savers always swim between the flags.
  • If you need help, raise your arm and call for help. Keep calm.
  • Never swim alone or at night or while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • Never run and dive into the water.
  • Even if the Surf Life Savers are on hand, never let your young child in the water without an adult.
  • Rips & currents can be hard to identify. If you get caught in a rip, do not panic. Paddle and/or swim parallel to the shore. Don't fight the rip. If you get tired raise your arm.
  • Always make sure 1 adult is looking out for the child - have a formal handover between adults.

Surf Life Saving New Zealand patrol over 80 of our busiest beaches each summer.

On the Boat

Follow the five rules of the boating safety code:

  • Life Jackets: Wearing a life jacket increases your survival time in the water.
  • Communications: Take two separate waterproof ways of communicating so we can help you if you get into difficulties.
  • Marine Weather: Check the local marine weather forecast before you go and expect both weather and sea state changes.
  • Avoid Alcohol: Things can change quickly on the water. You need to stay alert and aware.
  • Skipper Responsibility: The skipper is responsible for the safety or everyone on board and for the safe operation of the boat.

At the pool

Home swimming pools and spa pools represent the greatest single danger for pre-schoolers around water. Drowning can happen in a few seconds.

Ensure your home pool meets the requirements under the Fencing of Swimming Pools Act 1987.

ALWAYS supervise your children in the pool - there is no substitute for supervision, no matter how water confident your child is.

Swimming in a Lake or River

Swimming spots in rivers can be great places in summer. If you pick your spot carefully and check it out each time you swim there you can keep yourself and your friends safe.

The river bottom is irregular and can change from day to day. It is often difficult to tell how deep a certain part of the river is. Many people are seriously injured each year jumping into water that is too shallow.

Stay safe when swimming in rivers by:

  • Learn to swim and swimming survival skills.
  • Always swim as part of a group.
  • Check for hazards both where you are swimming and downstream.

Check out any jumping spot thoroughly before jumping. Do this by getting in the water and physically checking the depth and the whole landing area. Do this every time you visit a jumping spot to check that nothing has drifted into the landing zone since you were last there.

Merry Christmas

To the Swimgym family remember keep an eye on your kids and family members over the summer and Christmas holidays. We look forward to seeing you all well in the New Year.



Swimgym Teacher Of The Year

Fiona Grigg

Administrator Of The Year

Melissa McLennan-Miller

Farewell to these Teachers at Howick

At the end of this term we say farewell to the following teachers who for different reasons will not be teaching with us anymore:

Kiia Naidoo

Ross Cattaneo

Alysha Morrison

Best Wishes to them all!


All children must be accompanied by an adult or caregiver at Lloyd Elsmore pools.  You cannot drop your child at the door of the complex and return later to collect them.

Term 1 Dates

Monday 13th February to 10th April     —9 Weeks

Tuesday 31st January to 11th April      —11 Weeks

Wednesday 1st February to 12th April —11 Weeks

Thursday 2nd February to 13th April    —11 Weeks

Friday 3rd February to 7th April            —10 Weeks

Saturday 4th February to 8th April        —10 Weeks

Sunday 5th February to 9th April          —10 Weeks

Rebooking Dates for Term 1

It takes us 2 weeks to get you all booked in for the next term.


Let us know NOW if you want any changes for next term.

We will rebook your  child into the same time slot or, if following  assessment your child needs to move up a level we will place you at the same time if possible, or either side of your current  booking if not.  If we cannot do this we will contact you.

Booking Confirmation letters will be  available to pick up during the last 2 weeks of term.  Please read your confirmation letter carefully, noting particularly the start date and time of your lesson as there may be changes.

Payment for Term 1 is due by 6pm on Thursday 19th January. If full payment is made by that day it will qualify you for a $5 discount per swimmer.  If you cannot make full payment, a $20 deposit(Howick) or $10 (Lloyd Elsmore, Papatoetoe and Otara) by that day will hold your space. Details of how you can pay are noted on your Booking Confirmation.

School Holiday Lessons

We will be running morning and afternoon block courses over the following 4 weeks in January

Week 1

Wednesday 4th – Saturday 7th January (4 Days)

Week 2

Monday 9th – Friday 13th January

Week 3

Monday 16th – Friday 20th January

Week 4

Monday 23rd – Friday 27th January



The costs are:

$92.50 (5 days)  $74  (4 days) for all levels.



The costs are:

Level                4 days             5 days

Preschool       $58.00             $72.50

Schoolage       $62.00             $77.50

Seals                 $54.00             $67.50

Orcas                $64.00             $80.00

Marlins            $74.00             $92.50



Level                                       5 Days

Preschool                                $ 57.50                   

Schoolage                               $ 67.50                   

Seals                                       $ 62.50                   

Orcas                                       $ 67.50                   

Marlins                                      $ 72.50   

Free of Charge lessons are offered to students who have plateaued at the same level for 4 consecutive terms or more in our Schoolage classes.  Attendance must be consistent. New Swimmers up to Orcas.

WE WILL identify students who need Free of Charge Holiday lessons during the rollover process.  These children will be invited to attend lessons Week 2 of the school holidays.

We are also continuing to run our 2 specialist courses  at Lloyd Elsmore — call on 537 0025 to book

Race Skills Course, to work on your turns, dives, starts and finishes. Available for students from Seals upwards.

Breaststroke Course, for those who are wanting to work on their breaststroke skills. Available for students from Improvers level up.

Dates to Remember

Term 4 ends on Thursday 23rd December

Term 1 2017 commences on Tuesday 31st January

$20 deposit/$10 deposits is due by Thursday 19th January to confirm your TERM 1 2017 booking.

Mini Squad Race Night:  The next Mini Squad Race night at Lloyd Elsmore is on Tuesday 13th December.  A fun evening for all children in Seals, Orcas or Marlins.  No need to book, just show up.

Assessment Week: 

Throughout weeks  5 and 6 the teachers will be assessing

all their students to see whether they are ready to move

up to the next level.


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