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March 19, 2019

This year’s Earth Day will be on the 22nd of April and the theme is ‘Protect Our Species’.

Nature’s gifts to our planet are the millions of species that we know and love, and many more that remain to be discovered. Unfortunately, human beings at times upset the balance of nature, and as a result, the world is facing the greatest rate of extinction since the dinosaurs.

We can interpret looking after our Earth’s health by nurturing our own. Creating positive and clean environments for ourselves better our health. Whether it’s walking to work one day this week, or drinking from a reusable drink bottle or go 7 days without using a takeaway coffee cup.

Together, they all make a difference in your health as well as Earth’s!


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March 19, 2019

We are open Anzac Day, the 25th of April between 10AM – 5PM. Regular trading hours apply on over Tuesday 23rd April, Wednesday 24th April and Friday the 26th April.

Swim School:
No learn to swim classes on Anzac Day

Opening hours for Coffs Harbour, Sawtell & Woolgoolga:
25th April – Anzac Day: 10am – 5pm


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March 19, 2019

We are closed on Good Friday, the 19th April but we are open on Saturday 20, Sunday 21 and Monday 22 Easter Day public holidays, however, we will have amended trading hours on these days.

Swim School:
No learn to swim classes

Coffs Harbour:
19th April – Good Friday: 10am – 5pm
20th April – Easter Saturday: 10am – 5pm
21st April – Easter Sunday: 10am – 5pm
22nd April – Easter Monday: 10am – 5pm

Sawtell:
19th April – Good Friday: 10am – 5pm
20th April – Easter Saturday: 10am – 5pm
21st April – Easter Sunday: 10am – 5pm
22nd April – Easter Monday: 10am – 5pm

Woolgoolga:
19th April – Good Friday: 10am – 5pm
20th April – Easter Saturday: 10am – 5pm
21st April – Easter Sunday: 10am – 5pm
22nd April – Easter Monday: 10am – 5pm


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March 19, 2019

Did you know the youngest age a child can start swimming lessons is 4 months old? Our Infants Program begins at 4 months through to 3 years, with a focus on water confidence and safety skills. Through fun and play, we nurture a lifetime of love for the water.

With a parent in the water and the knowledge of our instructors, our Aquatot level will encourage and educate both the child & parent on the basics of water safety. We aim to teach the child a love & respect for the water activities and games!

You can inquire about our infant classes with the link here!


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March 10, 2019

On Saturday the 16th of March we are hosting a Water Polo Tournament at Coffs Harbour between 9:30am-3pm.

We can expect around 75 competitors and 100 spectators from Taree, Alstonville and Coffs Harbour for a junior full side round robin competition! We invite and thank all the community members who are planning to come down to watch the competition.


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February 25, 2019

BlueFit Swimming are proud to have make-up lessons available for our learn to swim students. Through the parent portal you can mark an absence and book your make up lessons.

Parents now have access to the parent portal which allows you to manage your class bookings including:

  • Mark yourself absent and book make ups
  • Access swim school resources
  • Update Payment Details
  • Check class progress
  • Pay Outstanding Fees
  • Book additional Lessons

To access the portal head to www.bluefitswimming.com.au/myportal

Don’t forget learn to swim students also have access to the aquatic centre free 7 days a week!

For more information about our learn to swim program contact coffsharbour@bluefitswimming.com.au


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February 25, 2019

Carbohydrates are the major and primary fuel source for muscles and the brain. Carbohydrates are broken down into glucose which is the form that is used for energy by the body.

Carbohydrate foods include starchy foods like bread, rice, pasta, noodles, potato, corn, legumes, biscuits and cereals and all sugars including natural sugars found in fruit, milk and yoghurt.

Carbohydrates are stored in the muscles and liver and must be constantly replaced. Spreading small amounts of carbohydrates are a helpful way to provide the body with adequate stores without consuming excessive amounts. This can be achieved by consuming three small meals.

Healthy snacks may be beneficial to prevent excessive hunger between meals. By eating this way you will get smaller rises in your blood sugar levels over a longer period of time so that you are using the maximum amount though out the day, limiting excess building up and becoming stored in the body.

Do not skip meals is not ideal as it often results in food cravings and binge eating.


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February 25, 2019
You’ve signed up for swimming, gotten the kids ready, packed the car, brought a change of clothes and even packed their favourite treats only to arrive at the pool with a screaming inconsolable child that is too scared to swim. Many of us have been there, it can be tough. Here are some helpful tips to get your child to love the water!
Understanding where the fear comes from
In young children, fear is often related to developmental advances that give kids a new (but not always realistic) awareness of potential dangers. As they pass different developmental milestones they develop fears based on their perception of danger, reality and imagination.
Couple this with a bad experience can lead to a prolonged period of fear. A slip in the tub that momentarily dunked his face in the water or a loud motorboat that startled him at the beach can spook a child for months afterward.
Tips for Overcoming the fear?
  • Always take your child’s fear seriously but don’t overreact or overdramatise it.
  • Praise and encourage your child when he tries to overcome fear. Express confidence he will eventually succeed.
  • Find ways to break the feared experience into small, manageable steps eg. practice “swimming” in the bath, dip feet and toys into the toddler pool until they are comfortable.
  • Give your child frequent reassurance she is safe. One technique to try is for you to go into the water and have your child throw a toy at you. You then bring the toy to the pool edge and continue this activity to reassure them that its safe and you will guide them back to the pool edge.
  • Find storybooks that discuss the fear to read with your child. EG. Peppa and George Go Swimming,
  • Familiarise your child with the pool before starting lessons and keep pool sessions short. Start with 5-10 minutes if your child really isn’t comfortable and slowly increase them over time.
  • Get the right equipment- Whether its Batman swimmers, Peppa Pig goggles, bath toys or floaties. Make sure you are equipped to give them the best possible experience. Just remember that floaties can provide a false sense of security to and are in no way a good substitute for actually being able to swim —  so keep your little one at arm’s length whether she’s wearing a flotation aid or not.
  • If getting their face wet is the issue, dip a cloth or sponge in the pool and dab one another’s face so they can get used to the wetness. Have them bring a handful of water up to her mouth and blow bubbles. Blow a rubber duck across the surface, slowly working on getting the face closer to the water.
  • Be patient. Respect that your child is genuinely fearful and don’t force them to go any faster than they are able. Try each of these activities as many times as necessary until your child become comfortable
  • Do not wait until your child gets older to teach them to swim. Fear does not necessarily diminish with age. Safe and positive exposure to the water will help diminish the fear
  • Make it fun!
  • Stay positive, be patient and don’t give up. While it can be disheartening to feel like the only parent with a screaming child, most of us have been there. Keep taking small steps towards the goal of swimming!

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January 21, 2019

Australia Day Public Holiday

Please take note of the changes to our opening hours on the Australia Day weekend as we have closure at Gladstone Aquatic Centre on Saturday.

COFFS HARBOUR WAR MEMORIAL OLYMPIC SWIMMING POOL

Opening Hours

Monday 28th January: 8am -5pm

SAWTELL

Opening Hours

Monday 28th January: 10am -4pm

WOOLGOOLGA

Opening Hours

Monday 28th January: 10am -4pm


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January 17, 2019

Goodbye Upfront Term Payments, hello affordable fortnightly direct debit payments! We are very excited about the changes to our swimming lessons which means you can now access the swimming program all year round!

We will no longer run a term based program but will instead have lessons 50 weeks of the year with a break for Christmas/NY, Easter and Public Holidays. This means you can now enrol and cancel as you please.

Included in this change will be the implementation of the parent portal which will allow you to book a make up lesson for a class you can’t attend. Please click here for more information about our make up policy.

What is the parent portal?

The parent portal is an online portal which allows you to manage your class payments

  • Mark yourself absent and book make ups
  • Access swim school resources
  • Update Payment Details
  • Check class progress
  • Pay Outstanding Fees
  • Book additional Lessons

More information about the parent portal will be sent at the end of January. To find out more about our swimming program please visit www.bluefitswimming.com.au