Did you know that Freestyle is really the name of a swimming race? In a Freestyle race you are able to, provided you let the referee or swim meet director know which stroke you are going to perform in the race, swim any stroke. FINA RULE:- SW 5.1 Freestyle means that in an event so designated the swimmer may swim any style, except that in individual medley or medley relay events, freestyle means read more
On September the 19th 2016 Chris Shapland became the second oldest Australian and the fifth oldest all time to swim across the English Channel. Whilst doing the swim has been a life long dream Chris really did the swim to show that if you have a sound swimming technique swimming is something you can do all your life. Swimming is a very technical sport which is why Shapland Swim Schools try to ensu read more
Lucas Shapland is a fourth generation swimming teacher who runs the Moorooka location. Check out this great video he put together of some of the learn to swim students showing off their Personal Aquatic Survival Skills. read more
According to the Royal Life Saving Society - Australia annual reportst for every one death by drowning, there are several near-deaths by drowning. Unfortunately, statistics on near-deaths by drowning are difficult to find. There seems to be little research done in this area. I did read in a Canadian report that there are six near-deaths by drowning for every one drowning. If I use this formula, read more
At this time of the year our swim schools receive a lot of phone calls from concerned parents about their child forgetting how to swim. Here’s an example: “My daughter has forgotten how to swim. We went for a swim in our pool and she was scared of the water. She was OK at the end of last summer but is very clingy now.” After a break from swimming, children who are still in th read more
Recently, Karen Ghidella from KidsToDo.com.au visited one of our swim school locations and experienced a typical swimming lesson for her twin boys with Chris Shapland. She has written a review and posted it on the Kids To Do website so everyone can share in her experience. The blog post includes a fantastic video that Karen put together, so you can see a real lesson in action, and feel confident read more
The answer is your child has reached a plateau. One of the hardest principles of the learning to swim process for both parents and teachers to understand is the plateau phenomenon. Put quiet simply this means your child will appear to remain stationary (level out), in terms of their skill level development, during the learning process. Unlike skills learnt on the land, skills learnt in the water read more
If you can’t get your ideal time when you first make contact with your local Shapland Swim School then this article should help you understand why. It is our guarantee to our clients that the maximum number of pupils in your child’s class will be three and the maximum number of classes in the pool will be two. Supplying semi-private swimming lessons in a purpose built boutique enviro read more
In order to understand what is happening with your child’s Personal Aquatic Survival Skills development you need to know what was in my head when we started to franchise out what my family had been doing since 1947. My philosophy since 1992 has been to supply affordable semi-private swimming lessons in a pool and surrounds that are designed to minimize anything that may distract your child read more
We live in such a changing society where there are ever increasing demands on our time and resources. If a child has the ability to get back to safety if they fall into a still body of water, it helps take some of the worry away when you are near a pool or a body of water. However, there is no substitute for vigilance no matter how well you can swim. I remember back in the mid 1960's when, a read more
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