Lifestyle Swimming Academy – FAQ
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Why Learn to Swim?
Swimming has long been recognized by doctors and athletes as one of the best workouts you can give your body because it works almost all of your major muscle groups at the same time. Since you're floating in the water and not in contact with any hard surfaces, there's less pressure on your joints and bones. You're a lot less likely to suffer certain kinds of injuries than with other sports.
Cool Swimming Facts:
- Because water lowers your body temperature, you don't get as hot and sticky when you're swimming as you do when participating in other forms of exercise or sports.
- The workout in swimming comes from moving against the resistance of the water which is equal to more than ten times the resistance of air. So you get a cardio workout (like when running or doing aerobics) and a resistance workout (like when weight training) simultaneously.
- Swimming is more than a fun sport and a way to stay healthy; it's a skill that could save your life or help you save someone else's life in an emergency.
- Swimming regularly can help build muscle mass and reduce body fat.
When should my child start swimming?
As early as possible! As soon as your child is capable of independent motion, they are capable of
getting into water and drowning. Swimming and water familiarisation are life skills essential to lowering the risk of drowning. Enrolling your child in swimming lessons is a Lifetime Investment.
How long will it take my child to swim?
All children progress at a different rate. Children that have positive experiences in the water tend to learn to swim and exhibit water safety sooner than those children who have had negative experiences in the water. Just like any skill that is being learned, it takes time and practice. The
earlier your child starts swimming, the sooner your child will learn to swim. Please remember that no child should ever be considered "drown-proof”, regar dless of swimming experience or ability. No-one is ever “drown proof”. We do however say that a child is “water safe” once they can swim by themselves. Different people react different ly to different situations, and even the most experienced swimmers can drown in certain situations. The emphasis needs to be on safety and so children should never be left unattended around pools or open water.
How do I know when my child knows how to swim?
We are in the business of teaching children to swim and save lives. That means a person can maintain themselves indefinitely in the water. To do so, requires the ability to exhale used air and inhale new air. That's called Aerobic Swimming (just like being able to talk while you jog). Our standard is that a person should be able to swim 250 meters non-stop, and swim 6 different styles of swimming, to be considered a "swimmer." 200 meters is important. Scientists have found that humans can swim 200 meters without being able to breathe effectively. But without the ability to breathe effectively, eventually that person will get in trouble, and possibly endanger their life. That goal won't be quickly achieved. It takes time. But it can save your child's life. That's worth the investment of time. After all, learning to swim is a LIFETIME GIFT.
How do I know when my child is a strong swimmer?
Most parents have unrealistic perceptions about their child’s swimming skills. Isolated demonstration of a skill (like holding your knees face down and “bobbing” in the water like a chicken nugget in a vat of frying oil... favourite trick!) or “loves playing in the water” does not exemplify the endurance and confidence it takes to sustain a stoke over distance. A healthy love and respect for the water is essential, but the most assuring confirmation of your child’s ability is to see them swimming an uninterrupted, masterful and confident 300 meter freestyle.
How many lessons should we take?
Swimming is a skill in which the more time and proper exposure you can acquire, the better off the swimmer will be. If you want your child to swim safely, in a relaxed manner with adequate technique, several sessions of eight to twelve classes should be expected. Most of our parents notice that after each class, their child progresses significantly. Since they want such progression and mastery to continue, they proceed with back-to-back sessions. If fun and overall comfort in the water is your goal, then fewer sessions will be needed.
When should my child stop taking swimming lessons?
This really depends on you and your child's goals. Our teaching methods are geared to take children from 6 months all the way up to recreational swim team. We love to see our swimmers
move on and compete in swimming at a team level.
To what level can you take my child in their swimming?
We have the highest standards in all of our levels starting with our baby classes through to
our junior & adult squads. We will teach your child to swim and race with the best technique in all 4 competitive swim strokes, but most importantly our aim is to teach children to be extremely confident swimmers, whether it is for ocean swimming, scuba diving or surfing!!
With regular race practice & preparation in our training programs, your child will be well
prepared for school swimming galas, nippers and a healthy active lifestyle.
What can I do to help my child learn how to swim?
- The best way to get your child swimming is to take part in quality swimming lessons from as early as possible. We start babies from 6 months of age.
- Lessons need to be consistent and all year round to be of most benefit. Twice per week is best.
- Be on time, have a good pair of goggles a comfort table cap and get involved!!
- Children love being watched and love to show off & feel proud of their swimming achievements, so lots of claps and compliments.
- Outside of lessons there is much you can do to enhance your child’s progress. Spend time together enjoying the water whether it be at bath time or at the local swim Centre.
- Be an example, children do copy & imitate what they see so if you love the water and swimming, so will they!!
- Give your child opportunities to just have fun around water outside of lesson times. It is a good idea to keep lessons and play times separate. Lessons are for learning and being challenged by their teacher and play times are for fun where children can experiment and practice their skills in their own time.
- Swimming is not only a lifesaving skill but will bring so much joy and health to your lives and family relationships. So get swimming and have loads of fun!!
Do you recommend my child use a flotation device?
No. Not without the supervision or instruction of one of our instructors. Our instructors are adept
and assessing a child and how a device may help that child swim. Water wings and other flotation devices that are similar only give the child a false sense of skill and safety in the water. The best flotation device, used by our instructors, is one that keeps the swimmer horizontal – not vertical.
How are you qualified to teach swimming?
Each of our instructors has, at the very least, three years of aquatic instruction experience-in some cases much more. Our instructors are all “Learn to Swim” qualified through Swimming South Africa. We also instructors qualified in “Bay Swimming” and in Water Aerobics.
Additionally, each of our instructors is qualified in First Aid.
Why does my child seem to be "stuck" in a particular level?
Children often hit a plateau and get stuck at a certain point. This is common when a child progresses very quickly in the beginning or takes sessions off. Our instructors are trained on how to motivate the swimmers that have been in the same level. Please it bring to our attention when you feel your child has been in a level longer than you would anticipate. We can then evaluate the reason why this may be happening and come up with steps to help your child move forward.
Can my child swim more than once a week?
Of course! The more a child is exposed to the water the faster they will learn to swim. Just be sure not to overdo it. Children need all kinds of activities to stimulate their minds and bodies.
Do lessons continue during bad weather?
Sam is exceptionally adamant about this one. She is probably part Viking, ice swimmer, eternal optimist and swimming die-hard. This means she is always open for teaching swimming... especially in bad weather! Seriously, we’ve tried more than a few different ways to handle this and the best really is to just remain open for all those faithful Capetonians who brave ANY kind of weather and show up. For those of you who ask the question “Are they open?”. The answer is YES, ALWAYS! The only danger in bad weather are potential thunder storms which, fortunately, we hardly ever get in Gordon’s Bay..
Are parents allowed to be on the pool deck during lessons?
Yes, we encourage parents to watch their children swim! Our program is meant to be seen, heard, learned, and enjoyed by everyone participating... including parents! The majority of our students do NOT need parents to leave. It’s a good thing! Your job is to cheer them on. Watch! Be ready with the towel and a big hug. However, it is never appropriate for a parent to become overly involved in the lesson or to try to instruct. That’s what you’ve hired us for, after all!
We know that having you close by gives your children a sense of security. Sometimes for the very young, timid swimmer we will have the parent come and sit by the edge of the pool with the child near them. The child can watch the teacher interact with the other students and see that this is a safe place. They will quickly join in.
Occasionally we will ask a parent to leave the room if the child refuses to cooperate. This is usually due to a strong will and only done when nothing else works. 99% of the time, the child will cooperate when they realize that they cannot control the situation! The parent then comes back into the swim area and the child has fun with their class!
How does your program cater for special needs students?
We like to take the approach that all children are equal in the water and so we encourage all of our special needs pupils to undergo the same program as our mainstream students with of course personal considerations depending on individual capabilities and needs. We do not like to put limits on what any child can achieve and aim high with all of our students!!
We love to see all children learn to relax and experiment with their personal buoyancy & floatation in the water. We also love to see all children learn how to behave safely in and around water and to practice survival skills at each lesson.
The water is such an amazing environment for all children and for special needs children it is even more so as it is such a weightless and stimulating environment. All children can learn to swim which is such a boost in their confidence, physical development and social interaction with other children. We would absolutely love to assist you wherever we can so please get the ball rolling and contact us.
Why is warm water important?
We keep our pool at 28-32 degrees C year round because it allows our students to swim in a relaxed environment. A cold pool usually results in cold, shivering students. A warm and relaxed environment creates a comfortable and fluid swimmer.
Why does the water feel cold when the instructors tell me the temperature is 28 degrees?
Water transfers heat nearly 25 times better than air. That means the body’s heat is leaving it at a rate 25 times faster in water than in air. Thus, 28 °C water feels the about the same as 18 °C air. As a result, you may feel cold if you don’t swim to generate body heat. This is why we keep the water warm.
Proper Hydration – Why are my kids so tired and hungry after swimming?
Certainly swimming is a physical activity but ½ hour of swimming often seems to be much more exhausting than ½ hour of other sports activities. If your child is in an upper level class the answer may lie in your water bottle. Proper hydration is very important particularly in a warm water facility like ours. It’s easy, and common, to mistakenly figure that because your sweat isn’t obvious, that it’s not happening. You can sweat off up to 0.25 litres every 15 minutes in the pool.
Here are some Smart Swimmers Drinking Rules:
- Take a healthy swig of fresh water (not pool water) every 15 minutes.
- Pre-hydrate. Drink 2 to 3 cups of water an hour before swimming.
- Drink before you are thirsty.
Staying fully hydrated will also help with the post swim munchies.
Why do some people float better than others?
With few exceptions everyone floats, however, most people think that they are the exception. The degree of buoyancy is dependent upon several factors: the ratio of fatty tissue to muscle tissue; the amount of bone mass; and lung capacity. Generally, persons who are physically fit are less buoyant. Our goal is to teach proper body position and balance so that each swimmer can maximize their buoyancy.
How do you ensure that babies and small children don’t drink or choke on the water?
Babies are born with a "swimmer’s reflex." This reflex stays strong for at least the first six months of an infant’s life. This means children involuntarily hold their breath when submerged in water as the environment mimics their surroundings in the womb. In addition, our instructors use a method of teaching in which repetitive motions and verbal cues are used so that students are expecting the submersion. Swimming truly becomes natural and effortless for students, at any age, to learn comfortably.
What benefits do babies receive from swimming?
We begin our parent and child swimming classes with babies as young as 6 months old. There are many benefits that babies receive during these lessons. Babies less than a year old accept the water more readily than older children. Fear or anxiety about water is acquired as children grow older. The longer the baby is kept away from water, the more likely the child will develop this fear or anxiety.
Infants are well adapted to swimming. When they are submerged they automatically hold their breath and make swimming movements. These reflex behaviours begin to fade as early as 5 months and must be renewed with practice. Babies can exercise more muscles in the water than on land. They are less restricted by gravity and their inability to sit or stand when they are in the water. This increased strength often translates into early acquisition of physical skills.
Early mastery of water movement has shown to provide babies a head start in learning basic swimming skills. Water helps improve coordination and balance by allowing babies to move bilaterally to maintain their equilibrium. Warm water, combined with exercise, relaxes and stimulates babies’ appetites. They usually sleep better on swimming days. Babies flourish in the focused attention their parents lavish on them during swimming.
Studies have shown that children who swim are 11 months more advanced in their oral expression and 6 months ahead in their mathematical reasoning. Swimming will enhance your child’s emotional development, their social development, cogniti ve development and of course their physical development and all this in addition to the safety & survival skills.
Where can I change my child or baby?
For your convenience, we provide changing cubicles and a baby changing station inside our facility.
What Tips have you for a Successful First Baby Lesson?
Condensed from “The Baby Swim Book” by Cinda L. Kocken & Janet McCabe
Pack your bag
- Parent & baby’s swimsuits
- Accessories to tie hair back
- Three towels
- Baby’s snack
- Diapering needs
- Baby’s favourite water-resistant toy
- Arrive early to allow time to acclimatize to the new environment.
- Dress comfortably and familiarize the child with the suit they will be wearing. (Remember children that are not potty trained MUST must wear a cloth snug fitting, reusable swim diaper.)
- Feed your baby a light snack such as a cracker or piece of banana 15 minutes before the lesson and bring a snack for after the lesson. Swimming is hard work.
- Accommodate your child’s nap time and if possible schedule a nap before the lesson.
- Come prepared to participate fully, your interactions and participation will set the tone for your baby’s involvement.
Do I need to be in the water with my child during their swimming lesson?
Our baby classes (6-24 months) do require each child to be accompanied in the water by an adult as our classes are designed to teach you, the parent, confidence in the water with your child. It is our aim to encourage and develop both of you together.
We will teach you how to submerge your child underwater safely and confidently, how to hold your child in the water, how to develop good techniques in floating, kicking and gliding so that your child will feel safe and relaxed in the water.
These are skills that you will be able to take with you into everyday bath time, holidays, social swims and beach times. You are the most important part of your child’s swimming experience!!
Once your child progresses into the “Learn to Swim” classes, from 2 years old and up, then you will not be required in the pool.
What if my child cries or performs?
Our teachers are very experienced in dealing with nervous children and they will know how to deal with the children. Don’t get involved in the lesson (unless the teacher asks for your help); you are taking the child’s attention away from the teacher. Let your child develop a bond and learn to trust their teacher. The teacher will work to gain the trust of the child and use a variety of techniques to engage your child and help them to conquer the fears.
How long is too long for your child to cry in swim lessons? On average, most crying swim students have stopped after the third lesson. At the very least you should notice that the crying is diminishing. Don't forget children are actually learning even if they are crying. Muscles are being built, coordination is increased, correct patterns are developing in the brain, and breathing control is increased. Even if they cried the entire lesson, “What a good job”, “I saw how well you did” and other comments that praise your child will help your child become comfortable with the lessons.
Should a scared child continue swimming lessons?
Many parents are quick to take the easy way out when the child doesn't like something right away, like swim lessons. They think "I'm not going force my children to take swimming lessons." This is often justifying or rationalizing that they are doing the right thing when they decide not to be firm on swim lessons (or something else).
You must first understand there is not one universal correct answer to this question. We are going to address some critical considerations that we hope will help parents make the right swimming lessons decision for their children.
If you think parenting is easy, you are doing something wrong! There is nothing more rewarding than being a parent, but parenting is tough. If it was a walk in the park and all parents did it perfectly, most children would grow up to be picture perfect human beings. That's not the case, and no parent is perfect. It's so important that we work on being good parents to our children, which means making hard decisions for our children.
Drowning is second only to automobile accidents in the accidental death among children ages 1-14, and the leading cause of death in many provinces in South Africa. When you think about how often children are in the car vs. around the pool, drowning may be a bigger problem than we think.
First and foremost, swimming lessons save lives. Because of this reason, you need to find a swimming school that will allow your child to enjoy the process. However, like many other things that we as parents do for the health and well-being of our children, sometimes you have to make sure your child knows that not learning to swim is not an option, and that you, the parent, are firm on your decision.
Parents, keep your children safe at all costs and don't complain about your strong-willed child, be a strong-willed parent. Your child will thank you when he or she is old enough to understand.
What if my child becomes frustrated in the water?
Everybody needs a little dose of encouragement from time-to-time. There will be moments when your child feels frustrated with their swimming progress. They may say that they are bored or that they are doing the same things again and again. This happens more in advanced classes as children are learning more of the finer points of swim technique. As the child progresses in his/her lessons, the pace of the classes starts to slow a little as skills are refined.
Definitely, let your swimming teacher know if your child is bored or frustrated as there are things we can do in the lessons to better encourage your children. Also, your swimming teacher can explain what skills are being worked on and what skills are still needed to pass to the next level.
It is not unusual for children to become bored or frustrated and it’s important at these times to offer your child understanding and encouragement. Point out to them that learning to swim is like learning to ride a bike. Remind your child how it what it was like when they learned to ride their bike, and how hard that may have been. Remind them that after lots of practice they did learn to ride and it’s now lots of fun to ride their bike. Just like riding a bike, with lots of practice and time in the water, they will soon be swimming and having lots of fun in the pool.
Success breeds success and praising your child’s efforts will help build self-confidence and the desire to learn. Celebrate the small victories.
What if my child doesn’t like water on his/her face?
Keep in mind that our instructors have a lot of experience with children (and adults) who do not like water on their faces. Ultimately, this is the greatest factor with learning how to swim. The more frequent exposure the better; followed by positive reinforcement and a lot of praise. We also request the help of parents in encouraging children to get their faces wet and blow bubbles during bath time. Handing a child a dry towel or reaching to wipe their wet face will only prolong and enforce their phobia. If you act like a wet face is no big deal, they will come to learn that a wet face is no big deal.
Should we take swim lessons during the winter?
If you want your child to learn to swim as quickly as possible, then year round swimming provides the best results. Swim lessons take place in many different climates around the world. Children learn to swim in far lower temperatures than our 28-32 degree pool. Our year round facility is designed for the comfort of your children.
Your child will not catch a cold from the water. The reality is that most bacteria and viruses are dead within 1 minute in a properly treated pool. Contact with sick people will make your child sick! Colds are viruses and your child probably has more chance of catching a virus from attending day care, preschool, school or playgroup than from the treated water in a swimming pool. The humid environment is good for asthma and allergies, the deep controlled breathing is great for lung strength, and moderate exercise is proven to help fight infections. We also don’t avoid showers and bathing during the winter we just take care to dry off before we go outside.
Children who participate in swimming during the winter do not get more coughs and colds than their non-swimming counterparts. In fact, parents of children who participate in year round programs report that their child has had their best winter yet. This is not surprising as we know that exercise strengthens the immune system and that swimming is a very healthy activity, especially for the lungs.
So perhaps try swimming to help prevent your child getting ill, rather than the other way around.
There are 3 other reasons, apart from the above, why parents wonder about giving up swimming in the winter. This should help you to make your decision…
Reason #1: My child always gets sick in winter, so we’ll miss too many lessons
What is the best way to prevent illness? Good diet and regular exercise. And what do we tend to do in winter? Wrap up, close the doors and sit around eating ‘comfort’ food. A recent study in Germany showed that those who exercised moderately for 20 minutes a day fought off infection better than those who did no exercise and those who exercised heavily. So get that body moving, get the heart rate up, get those endorphins going, and stay healthy. And what better way than a full-body workout suspended in warm, relaxing water.
Reason #2: Swimming is a summer sport
This is true of swimming at school, especially as there are very few schools with heated pools. It is also for this reason that schools only host galas in summer. But, with access to a heated pool facility there is absolutely no reason why your child can’t swim all year round, and if your child is not yet water safe or has only just grasped basic skills, year round swimming lessons should be non-negotiable until they are strong and confident swimmers.
Reason #3: My child just doesn’t want to
Difficult to argue with that one. Or is it? There’s often quite a big difference between what children want and what’s good for them! I would find out the reason why they just don’t want to – chances are they’ll feel the same in summer anyway, so you might as well tackle the problem now. Is it because swimming is too difficult, it makes them too tired, they’re struggling to keep up, and they don’t feel like exercising? Excellent reasons to push through and improve their stamina and techniques – nothing in life gets easier, you just get better at it. How often do you dread the thought of exercise, but enjoy it once you’re doing it? I believe that every difficult situation presents a learning opportunity, and teaching your child to commit and persevere is an excellent life lesson.
What if my child has been unwell?
Your child should only attend lessons if they are fit and well. If your child has been suffering from any sickness or diarrhoea then it is very important that they should not come to lessons until they are fully recovered.
Does swimming cause ear infections?
There are two types of ear infections. The first is an outer ear infection or swimmer’s ear. This can occur when there is water left in the ear canal from a pool or bath or lake. This can allow bacteria to grow and cause an infection. This can be prevented with ear drops available at any pharmacy. These drops contain alcohol or boric acid and speed the drying of water in the ear canal.
The second type of ear infection is an inner ear infection. Studies show no link between this type of infection and swimming.
Can my child go swimming if they suffer from Eczema?
Yes, your child is able to swim, however if they are having a flare of their eczema your doctor or nurse may suggest your child may need to stop swimming until the eczema improves. Prior to swimming apply moisturiser to the skin. After swimming remove the chorine/salt water in a cool fresh water shower with bath oil, and then apply a moisturiser before dressing.
Can my child swim with a cold, flu or diarrhoea?
These are potentially two different questions. As a guideline, you should not be in the pool if you have a fever, a cold with a sore throat, or diarrhoea. If you have a “cold” with no sore throat or fever, you may swim but be careful about the level of activity.
Is it true that it's not safe for children to swim right after eating?
No. This one's an old and familiar rule, but there's very little truth behind it.
There's no question that water is a huge hazard for kids, with drowning the second leading cause of accidental death among children ages 1 to 14. But these drownings simply have no connection with eating beforehand.
After eating, the body does direct blood to the stomach to help with digestion, so it's conceivable – though unlikely – that swimming with a full stomach will lead to stomach cramps. Contrary to popular belief, a stomach cramp may be painful but it doesn't make people sink and drown.
Can my child swim with head lice?
Yes. Data shows that head lice can survive under water for several hours but are unlikely to be spread by the water in a swimming pool. Head lice have been seen to hold tightly to human hair and not let go when submerged under water. Chlorine levels found in pool water do not kill head lice.
Head lice may be spread by sharing towels or other items that have been in contact with an infested person's hair, although such spread is uncommon. Children should be taught not to share towels, hair brushes, and similar items either at poolside or in the changing room.
Swimming or washing the hair within 1–2 days after treatment with some head lice medicines might make some treatments less effective. Seek the advice of your health care provider if you have questions.
Are leg cramps anything to be concerned about?
Cramps are uncomfortable, but they will not endanger your life unless you panic. The best remedy is to massage the affected area or carefully stretch the involved muscles. Be particularly careful about over use of specific muscles through activities like kicking with fins.
Why is everything very blurry when I open my eyes under water?
Based on the normal vision standard of 20/20, vision underwater is 20/4000 without the aid of goggles or a mask. Most states consider persons with 20/200 vision to be legally blind. The use of goggles will restore normal vision underwater and also help to protect the eyes from the potentially irritating effects of chlorinated water.
Why do I sometimes have dry, itchy skin after swimming?
Some people are naturally more sensitive to the chemicals that are used in a pool's purification system. There are some very important steps you can take to help prevent any adverse reactions. To protect skin and hair, you should always shower before and after using the facility. Ideally, showering should occur without soap and with cool water. This helps to cut down on any contaminants that you may be bringing into the pool as well as any with which you may leave. To prevent excessive drying of your skin and the development of any rashes, apply baby oil or highly emollient lotions to your body after showering. This is especially important if you have sensitive skin. If you use these preventative measures each time you swim in chlorine, you should not have a problem with how your skin reacts.
Why do I see halos around lights after swimming?
Many swimmers see halos or rainbows around lights after fifteen minutes of entering the pool. This is nothing to be concerned about and is the result of water being absorbed into the eyes. The water in the pool has less salt than the fluids in your eyes (tears) and as a result the pool water moves into your eyes by osmotic pressure. This water accumulates in the clear part of your eye and this temporary swelling is called corneal edema. Some cells are lost off the surface of the cornea causing the symptoms of blurred vision and sensitivity to light (photophobia). After leaving the pool your eyes may remain more sensitive to light and irritants like smoke for a short period. These effects usually disappear within 30 minutes of leaving the pool. Using goggles will help to lessen the temporary effects of corneal edema.
Can children swim if they have ear tubes (also known as a grommet)?
If your child has ear tubes — tiny cylinders placed through the eardrum to drain fluid and allow air into the middle ear — ask his or her doctor about ear protection for swimming. Some doctors recommend that children who have ear tubes wear earplugs or swimming caps while swimming to prevent bacteria from entering the middle ear. However, routine use of earplugs may only be needed when children dive or swim in untreated water, such as lakes and rivers.
Is it risky for children to swallow pool water?
Your child is bound to take a few gulps of pool water at one time or another, especially when first learning to swim. A little swallowed pool water isn't typically cause for concern, but too much pool water can lead to illness. Don't allow your child to drink pool water, and encourage your child to spit out any water that gets in his or her mouth.
What about red eyes after swimming?
Exposure to chlorine may leave your child with red or puffy eyes. To ease discomfort and reduce redness after swimming, rinse your child's eyes with a sterile eyewash or an artificial tears solution. To prevent red or puffy eyes, encourage your child to wear goggles while swimming.
Can children swim when they have cuts and scrapes?
Yes, as long as the wounds aren't bleeding.
Does swimming cause asthma?
There is no convincing evidence that swimming in chlorinated pools causes asthma in otherwise healthy people. In fact, doctors often prescribe swimming for their asthmatic patients. They say the benefits of swimming as a healthy form of exercise offsets any potential respiratory risk.
WATER AEROBICS FAQ's
What is Water Aerobics?
Water aerobics (also known as aqua fitness, water exercise, aquacise or aquafit) is a type of exercise performed in waist or chest-deep water. The exercises promote physical fitness and muscle training using water resistance while minimizing the impact of the exertion on the joints and muscles.
What advantages does water aerobics offer?
Water resistance and buoyancy make water aerobics different from other types of land-based exercises. The natural resistance creates ‘drag’ as you move your limbs back and forth through the water. The buoyancy also ensures that you don’t put too much pressure on your joints and feet while standing and moving around in the pool.
Jump right into our Water Aerobic classes and build cardiovascular fitness and strength. Just like swimming, our water aerobics classes are easy on your joints, yet challenging enough to help you reach new levels of fitness. Because of their low-impact format, water aerobics classes are suitable for every age and fitness level, from beginning exercisers through elite athletes.
Do you need special equipment to do water aerobics?
One of the benefits of water aerobics is that the exercises can be performed with or without equipment. All you need is waist or chest-deep water, a little bit of room and some high-quality water aerobics swimwear. The natural resistance of the water will help work your muscles on its own. If you choose to perform your exercises in deep water, you can use a flotation belt, or noodle, to ensure that your back remains upright and straight while you move your arms and legs through the water.
How Often Can I Do a Water Workout?
You’ve hit the jackpot!!! The natural buoyancy of water protects tender knees, hips & back. Plus, the inherent massaging property of water works out muscle soreness as you work out. That’s why athletes have used the water for no-down-time training.
So yes, you can comfortably do a water workout daily. Many students report that they sleep better and feel their muscles are refreshed. Physiologically, you’ll improve your cardio endurance and receive a full body toning. If you combine your water workouts with nutritionally-sound eating, you’ve got a winner for weight management.
What Do I Wear to Water Aerobics?
Wear the appropriate swimsuit for comfort and ease of movement. Shop for athletic swimwear that’s comfortable and fitted, such as long -torso swimwear, racerback swimsuits or cross-back swimsuits. A swimsuit constructed with synthetic fibres, such as polyester and or even Lycra, will afford your better flexibility and durability.
If you dread the thought of going out bathing suit shopping (we've all been there!), you'll be glad to know you can wear a simple alternative such as a lightweight pair of shorts and t-shirt or tank top. Please test the fabric of your swimsuit alternative before wearing into the pool to make sure that they are colourfast and the colours don't bleed.
Why Do Some Students Wear Shoes in the Pool?
For pool traction (and added leg toning), many students wear pool shoes. What are these? They can be as basic as old aerobic shoes—with WHITE soles—that you don’t mind getting in wet.
But let’s not forget that for every sport, there is a shoe—and so it is with water workouts! Manufacturers make these sport-styled shoes that have holes in the bottom (for water drainage). These gems are easy to find on-line— or at adventure stores such as Cape Union Mart.
Is Water Aerobics Effective for weight loss?
Yes! It's common knowledge that to lose weight you need to burn more calories per day than you consume. Water Aerobics focuses on the calorie burning aspect of weight loss by increasing your activity level through aerobic exercise, and increasing your lean muscle through strength training.
The word "aerobic" means "with oxygen" and the amount of oxygen you inhale during Water Aerobics’ aerobic section directly relates to the amount of calories you will burn. For every litre of oxygen you inhale, you burn approximately 5 calories. Every time you work a muscle, it demands more oxygen. Therefore, the more muscles you work the greater the demand for oxygen and the more calories you will burn.
Water Aerobics workouts are designed to work multiple muscle groups of the upper and lower half body at the same time, which can result in greater cardiovascular output, oxygen consumption and calories burned. The bigger and faster you move, the more calories you will burn. Thousands of men and women of all ages and abilities have participated in Water Aerobics, many reporting Water Aerobics helped them get in shape faster and easier than any other exercise program they've tried!
Is Water Aerobics advisable during pregnancy?
Water Aerobics can be an excellent form of exercise if you are having a healthy pregnancy without complications, and your doctor has cleared you to participate in our program. Deep-water is an ideal workout environment for pregnant women because throughout their workout they're gently cushioned and supported. In addition, there is no impact on their joints, the coolness of water prevents overheating and they experience less water retention.
Another great benefit is many women find that they are so comfortable in water that they can work out their entire pregnancy, so they gain less weight and get back into shape easier after the baby is born.
Over the years, Water Aerobics has helped many pregnant women maintain the vitality, strength and flexibility that they have needed to feel their best during and after their pregnancy.
What Water Aerobic safety tip do you have?
A medical check-up is advised before beginning any exercise program. Ask your physician if Water Aerobics is the right workout for you, especially if you have special physical conditions or are taking medications that affect your ability to exercise.
- Start out slow. Only do part of the workout. Progress as your fitness improves.
- Always workout at a pace that is comfortable. Take breaks when needed.
- Only do exercises that feel safe and comfortable.
- If you experience any pain or unusual symptoms, stop exercising and consult your doctor immediately.
- Hydrate well! Drink water, before, during and after your workout.
How can I motivate myself to Exercise?
All action begins with a thought. Change your thought, and your action will change.
Being physically fit greatly enhances the quality of our lives. If we are strong, vital, healthy and free of physical problems, we tend to have more energy and ability to do the things that we love. Therefore, a regular exercise program is important.
Yet many of us have a hard time sticking to a regular exercise program for many reasons. So it is important to look at why we don't exercise in order to change. If cannot find a really important reason why you don't exercise, then you might want to look at your excuses that you make in order to talk yourself out of exercise.
It is human nature to be creative, and most of us become VERY creative when we start our day searching for reasons why we cannot workout. We need to congratulate ourselves! We’re clever! And our excuses are probably very predictable and come up every morning. You have a choice. Do we want these excuses to have the power over the quality of your life, your health, your vitality, your well-being?
Before you talk yourself out of exercising, try changing your focus. What if you couldn't exercise? Really imagine that. What if, for the rest of your life, you were unable to exercise or move your body freely again. Wouldn't you be more grateful to do your exercises today? Sometimes all we have to do is change a single thought, and we are motivated again. Take a few moments and find out what that thought might be for you.
Think about how energized and alive you feel when you are moving and breathing fully. Imagine yourself young, strong, healthy, fit and grateful to be in a body that can still exercise!
Remember what it feels like to be in the middle of your workout feeling exhilarated and all your problems seem to have disappeared. How many times have you heard yourself say "I am so glad I’m here. I almost didn’t work out this morning!"
Remember those moments. Remember those feelings. Give them the power. Not the excuses.... Our job at Lifestyle Swimming Academy is to continually create challenging, fun and stimulating new workouts, so you’re never bored and you look forward to exercising.
Your job is to get out of bed and into the pool!
I am a non-swimmer. May I still come to Water Aerobic Classes?
You do not need to know how to swim to participate in Water Aerobics. Our swimming pool is a maximum of 1.4 meters deep, and so you will be able to stand at all times.
I have a medical condition / special physical considerations. May I still do Water Aerobics?
You should discuss this with your doctor before beginning exercise. With a doctor’s clearance, water aerobics is a great low-impact way of exercising for those who are pregnant, have had joint replacements, have arthritis, or many other conditions. While this is a group class, you can adjust the workout to fit your individual needs. Please speak to the instructor before class and he or she can provide suggestions and/or alternative moves to fit your needs.
How many calories are burned, during a 30 minutes workout in the water?
During a half-hour long session about 300 calories can be burned, plus additional 50 calories per each additional 5 minutes. Note that this depends on the speed of each exercise, activity, person’s age, metabolism and other characteristics.
What is the ideal temperature for activities in the water?
28 - 30°C. This temperature is more suitable for your body to avoid excessive cooling while staying in the pool for a definite length of time. Diving into the water usually provides a cooling effect to the human body and, if the motion is not too active, the body can cool down too quickly. On the other hand, doing exercise in too warm water can cause overheating and dehydration. The person will feel best in the water of 29oC, while the air temperature in the pool has to stay a few degrees higher.
Is the pool heated?
Yes. The temperature is kept at approximately 28-30°C.
How often should exercise in the water be done?
You can exercise as much as you like, but we recommend at least twice a week for maximum benefit.
Who can participate?
Classes are open to anyone ages 16 and over. You do not need to have an exercise background or be in top physical condition to keep up. Workouts are designed so that individuals can scale back the intensity or really challenge themselves depending on their individual fitness goals.
What is the cost?
Water Aerobic classes cost R50 per class, payable monthly in advance. Bookings are done through our on-line registration process. Click here to book. With a booking your weekly slot/s are confirmed.
If you wish to just turn up and take your chances that a space will be available for you, then the cost will be R60 per class.
When are classes?
Please go into our Water Aerobics section for a complete list of available classes.
Do you still have class in the rain?
As our facility is an indoor heated pool, we exercise rain or shine!
What are the class sizes?
Class sizes are currently capped at 20 participants. This enables us to provide a high quality workout with proper instructor supervision, pool space, and equipment.