SWIM STARS PROGRAM
The Manly Andrew Boy Charlton Swim Stars program for people with special needs and runs on weekdays between 12pm and 3pm at request and Saturday and Sunday afternoon between 1.30pm and 5pm. Other times may be available upon request outside of regular swim school times. Classes are designed to suit individual needs. Lessons are for any level, age or disability.
Swimming can be fantastic for children with special needs for several reasons including greater muscle strength and physical endurance, increased flexibility, more self-control, and safety. Children with special needs can potentially be over-confident around water as they can lack an understanding of the dangers present in water environments. Swimming lessons can provide important skills to help with minimising these dangers. Swimming is a great leveller and can help children with special needs have fun in a non-competitive environment.
Lesson’s run during school terms with a mid-term education session for the parents and safety week for the students and an end of term small get together and certificate presentation.
Choose from either group lessons or private lessons that run over a school term. Group lessons are maximum of 3 students. Group lessons which are run with a maximum of 3-5 children, dependent on requirements
Food For Thought: For the development of social skills it is good to have group lessons, we aim to have a maximum of 3 children in each class with an Austswim qualified instructor, we try to group the students with similar disabilities it’s a great way for student to participate in a lesson with friends or make new ones.