Chris Shapland

Benefits of Home Preparation for Baby’s Swimming Lessons

The Benefits of Home Preparation for Baby’s Swimming Lessons

The benefits of swimming for kids cannot be overstated. From a myriad of physical gains to a deeper understanding of safety in the water, having your child participate in baby swimming lessons is a great way to kick start their journey as swimmers. In this article, let’s learn about how parents can start preparing their …

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How to Best Support Your Baby in Their Learn to Swim Journey

How to Best Support Your Baby in Their Learn to Swim Journey

Learning to swim can oftentimes feel like a long and difficult journey. From the numerous strokes, to gaining water confidence, to the physical demands, swimming isn’t easy. That’s why at Shapland Swim Schools, we believe that’s all the more reason to start swimming early. In this article, we’d like to introduce our baby swim classes …

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mineral vs chlorine

Mineral Pools vs Chlorine Pools: Which one is best for your child? 

Choosing a swim school for your child is an exciting step. Navigating the different pool environments can be confusing when it comes to choice. Although chlorine and mineral pools effectively keep the water clean, they offer vastly different experiences for young swimmers, from babies programs to school age. Here, we’ll deeply dive into mineral swimming …

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Parents guide to water safety for kids

A Parent’s Guide to Water Safety for Kids – Shapland Swim Schools

Australia’s sparkling beaches, inviting pools, and endless sunshine scream fun! But for parents, that joy can be tinged with worry. Water safety for kids in pools is essential because this recreational activity is a large part of the Aussie way of life. Why is Water Safety For Kids Essential? The statistics around water-related injuries and …

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The Golden Moment

As a swimming teacher who taught his first lesson at the age on nine (9), some sixty (60) years ago it is the golden moments, as I call them, that never ceases to bring a smile to your face and joy to your heart. Golden moments are the ones where a child/adult suddenly transitions from one level of skill acquisition to the next.

Window Dressing

Beware of Window Dressing

“I am not happy with how my child is progressing because at her last swim school she was swimming across the pool” is a statement I have heard lots of times over the many decades I have been teaching swimming and running swim schools. I also knew the statement “she was swimming across the pool” to be untrue as I was teaching that pupil and knew that the pupil could not float on top of the water by himself or herself without being frightened.

out of the water at last

Oldest English Channel swimmer last year – it’s official.

It is official. I have just received notification from the Channel Swimmers and Pilots Federation that I was the oldest swimmer from any nation to complete a solo crossing of the English Channel last Channel Swimming Season. Glen and Julie Langford who were part of my support team and who live in England will be attending to annual dinner to accept the award.