Paralympian began swimming lessons at Kallangur
Dear John and Sally,
I would like to thank you for teaching me how to swim. Over the years you have taught me lots about swimming. Thanks to you I have improved my swimming very much and I enjoy it so much. I will always remember you and the fun times Marcus and I have had in your classes. Thanks to my first coach maybe one day I will swim for Australia.
Read more about Gold medallist Paralympian Brenden Hall:
Brenden Hall in seventh heaven [The Australian, 19 August 2010]
Brenden Hall bio [Australian Paralympic Committee]
Shapland best by far
Both my daughters started learning to swim at Shapland Swim School Everton Park at 9 months of age. I can honestly say that the teachers are very patient, kind and extremely competent with children of all ages, babies to school age. With only 3 children per class means very focussed attention. I have spoken with many people who come to Shapland after trying other swim schools and rate Shapland the best by far.
Success in short space of time
When my daughter started with John at Shapland Kallangur, she had all the confidence but lacked the ability which I felt was a dangerous combination. John, had her swimming beautifully very quickly. I can’t believe how far she has come in such a small space of time. She listens to John and really wants to make him proud of her – it really matters to her. Maddison loves her lessons which, as a mum makes it so simple to get her going every Thursday afternoon even through the Winter! The small groups means she doesn’t get bored and has more one on one time with her coach, we also love the make-up system which allows free catch ups if we can’t make a session.I have in the past and will continue to recommend John and all the team at Shapland Kallangur.
Maria Toyne (mum of Maddison)
Hard work pays off
Here is a photo of Hannah after her swimming carnival today. They split them up in their classes into ability levels – she is medium level. She placed in each race – third in the kick board race (although it was a tie for second J), second in the noodle race and second in the ball race (ball is held like a kick board). In the second and third races she had so much determination to beat the little boy that had won in the first race, with perfect kicking she very nearly mowed him down and was a whole body length in front of everyone else.
She was so proud of herself and I just wanted to thank Jasmine for her hardwork with Hannah. I know it hasn’t been easy but the persistence is paying off.
Hannah has Retained Neonatal Reflexes – so coordination is poor and so is the strength in her neck and shoulders – both things required for swimming! But after 12 weeks with a kinesiologist and the understanding from Jasmine each Saturday, and some huge adjustments to diet she is doing really well, both with physical activity as well as academically. Thank you.
Patient, kind and encouraging staff
Both our children have been taught swimming at Shapland Everton Park for the past 7 yrs. Every single staff member have been amazing in their patience, kindness and encouragement. We haven't needed to look anywhere else.
Fantastic guidance and reassurance
I just wanted to thankyou both for all your assistance in beginning to teach Lachlan to swim. I was a little unsure at first on his ability but with fantastic guidance and reassurance from you both he has come a long way in just a few short months. If it wasn't for us moving out to Jimboomba next month we would not have ended Lachy's lessons.
Thanks again and I would happily recommend Shapland Swim school to anyone.
Amazed at the change!
Hi Michael and Diana (Carindale)
I took Olivia to Chandler for a swim on Sunday - the first time we'd been swimming since she started classes with Shapland (her teacher is Johnny). On previous trips to the pool she has been scared and it hasn't been a pleasant experience but I was amazed at the change in her this time. She showed me all the things she has been learning in class - 'monkeying' along the edge,climbing out, jumping in and paddling and kicking to me as I stood further and further away. We even went on the waterslide - twice!! Olivia was like a different person, I was amazed and delighted to see her enjoying being in the water. I just wanted to pass this on to you and say thank you so much - your methods are getting amazing results with Olivia!
Kind regards Deb Pratt
6 years of fabulous swimming lessons
After 6 years of fabulous swimming lessons with you without a single break, thanks for all that you have done over these many years. Having a reason to get out the house every week was incredible for my sanity during those early years of parenting and the support and genuine caring that you have shown my boys has been truly wonderful. As you already probably know, I recommend you to everyone I know and will continue to do so. Samantha (Shapland Swim School Stretton)
Teaching children to be water wise
Shapland, Everton Park employs professional, experienced and friendly swimming instructors. They focus on teaching children the correct way to swim all the strokes, and more importantly to be water-wise too. My children love the extra attention they get from being in a small class size of 3.
Home Development Program really helps
My child (Caelan) is almost 7 months and has begun swimming lessons with Robyn at Shapland Everton Park. So far, he has had 2 lessons and these are his only 2 swimming lessons he's ever had. I was a swimmer and played water polo through school and uni and feel that becoming familiar with, and confident in, water (as well as learning to swim) is an integral part of childhood. I wasn't sure how early a baby could start swimming lessons, so did some internet searching when Caelan was less than 2 weeks old and came across the home program, which we started following as soon as I'd found it. Before starting swimming lessons, he was quite happy to float (supported) on his front as well as his back, and was also happy to move his head so that water flowed over his face - all, I am sure, because of the home program.
We have a big bath tub and my husband or I normally jump into the bath with Caelan when it comes to bath time. Tonight, I decided to show my husband one of our exercises that Caelan and I have been doing in our swimming lessons (the exercise where Caelan sits on the step, leans and 'swims' towards me under his own initiative). Robyn gave me some feedback during our lesson yesterday that I had been 'lifting' him too early and to let him say in the water a little bit longer, so I decided to try this during our demo in the bath tonight.
First of all, my husband was surprised that Caelan was happy to sit, unaided, in the bath, then launch himself towards me with no fear of the water whatsoever and was very content for his entire head to be submerged. Secondly, we were both surprised that as I practiced Robyn's advice and let him stay in the water longer than I had yesterday, he rolled over onto his back and surfaced, face-up, all by himself. He did use the bottom of the tub to assist him, but we were both impressed that after just 2 lessons, he instinctively made movements to roll himself over and float face-up in the water.
We can't wait to see what happens next as a result of our swimming lessons at Shapland Everton Park!