Progressing in the Shapland System

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


No one is drown proof

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


What is MySSS?

Since 1993 Shapland Swim Schools have used a unique computer program to manage their day-to-day rosters in real time. Over the years we have developed that program to the point where it is now a seamless piece of software that now gives our clients and prospective clients a direct access to their Shapland Swim School account, known as MySSS. This web-based software allows clients to cancel a les… read more


Winter - a great time for lessons

Winter is a great time to enroll you child in swimming lessons. The Australian Government define swimming lessons as Personal Aquatic Survival Skills and is a very apt description of what we are trying to develop in our pupils across the whole Shapland group. The swimming season has always be cyclical ever since I can remember, certainly as far back as 1948 when my parents secured the lease of t… read more


Chelsea saves her life

Sixteen month old Chelsea put the skills she learnt at swimming lessons to avoid a potentially dangerous situation. I received this email for one very happy mum. "Hi. I have had my daughter in Shapland's Warner for around 7 months. She has just turned 16 months. Today I had my kids at the local pool in the toddler pool. A boy pushed Chelsea off one of the islands' in the pool. She f… read more


Christmas lights at Shaplands Buderim

Each Christmas Dereck and Bonnie Mills, owners and franchisees of the Shapland Swim School at Buderim, really get into the spirit of Christmas by going all out with their Christmas lights display. Dereck and Bonnie take great pride in how their swim school and residence looks at night (the photo does not do it justice) and judging by the steady stream of cars that pull up across the road; window… read more


Christmas is a time for deadly distractions

Christmas is a time when the potential for drowning and near death by drowning is heightened. Contrary to what we may believe, drowning happens silently. Over the Christmas break it is so easy to lose concentration because there are so many things that require our attention. It only takes a few minutes of distraction for a toddler to drown. This Christmas I urge all our clients and their frien… read more


Three year old Parker saves himself

I though I would share an email with you that came into my computer from a very happy Grandmother. Julie is happy for me to post this email as she really wants parents to know just how fast a swimming incident can happen and the value of swimming lessons. In this situation it was the cool headed grandfather that really made the difference as he was calm enough and close enough to ensure that at no… read more


Beware of cold water and pools

"Sarah has forgotten how to swim. We went to a friend’s pool on the weekend and she nearly drowned. She jumped into the pool and she only just made it back to the side. I feel like we will have to start all over again." Many times I have heard comments, from parents at the beginning of the season, similar to the one above. The cause of the child’s problem is the water tempe… read more


First time at the beach

Going to the beach for the first time is an exciting occasions for most of us. The sights, sounds and movement of the water is always fascinating however to a small child all of the above can cause some problems so please be aware of the following when taking your child/toddler to the beach for the first time especially if it is an open beach (where there is surf as opposed to a protected beach li… read more


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