OUR AIM IS TO STRIVE TO CREATE TRAUMA FREE CONDITIONS WHERE CHILDREN WILL ACQUIRE A VITAL LIFE SKILL, DEVELOP A LOVE FOR WATER AND EXPERIENCE JOY AND PLEASURE IN THE AQUATIC ENVIRONMENT.
Our aim and focus is to strive for excellence within the swimming community at all times. SwimQuest (Pty) Ltd. school has been built on the back of a loving, nurturing, caring spirit over 25 years and our philosophy is that teaching children to swim should NEVER be done at the expense of their emotional or physical well-being. Submersion is approached with caution and sensitivity. We believe that harsh, forceful methods should be avoided at all costs as an anxious child cannot learn. There is no quick fix when it comes to learning to swim and there is no such thing as a “drown-proofed” child. Since every child is different, each one is taken at his / her own pace and children learn to swim and practise their skills through play and praise. This prompts behaviour that becomes increasingly sophisticated over time. Although children between the ages of 3 and 4 years may be waterborne and able to swim in their own unique manner, they are developmentally not capable of coordinating or mastering formal swimming strokes until much later. We do not try to enforce specific styles of swimming on children at this stage as it stifles their initiative and takes all the joy out of swimming. It also lessens the chance of resourceful behaviour in the event of danger. Once skills have become learned responses to the aquatic environment, children are then taught to extend and build on their swimming ability in preparation for competitive swimming. We believe in and adhere to Long Term Athlete /Participant Development (LTAD / LTPD). The emphasis of our training and our aim and focus is always on quality, not quantity. It is also our firm belief that swimmers will not realise their full potential in the sport unless they have participated in an effective stroke development programme. Swimmers must be coached in sportsmanship and know and understand the FINA rules, various stroke drills and be proficient in all four of the legal strokes, starts and turns before they are referred for long distance training. Placing a child into a full-on endurance programme prematurely may result in sports injuries so this is approached with discretion. Swimmers also need to be physically, emotionally and developmentally ready for this transition so that they do not “burn out” and to ensure that we do not lose them to the sport of swimming.
We have an indoor heated CHILD-FRIENDLY swimming centre in a warm and light atmosphere with a shallow water baby pool. The swimming pool and surrounds have been custom built to accommodate infant/toddler, learn to swim and stroke development classes. The facilities are suitable for the teaching of the various strokes, diving, tumble turns etc. Changing rooms and indoor toilets are situated inside the swimming enclosure and there is a viewing area for parents. The water is kept at a constant 30 / 31°C with state of the art electric heat pumps so classes can continue during the cooler months of the year.