Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Season?
The LPS swimming program runs from mid-August to the end of May. We call this a “Season”. If you pay for the Season up front, your child is guaranteed a place for that Season and will receive first option to rejoin in the following season.
We do not offer Season pricing for Saturday morning only squads or Learn to Swim.
What is a Half Season?
A full Season is mid-August to end of May. A half Season is mid-August to end of term 4 OR beginning of term 1 to end of May. It is a way to break up the cost of swimming squads. All the swimmers who have booked in for the first half season will receive first option to rejoin for the second half season.
What are the Season, 1/2 Season, Term dates?
The dates for each Season are shown on this Swimming page. Please scroll down to view.
What are the skills training sessions?
Our skills training sessions are aimed at our Competition, Development, Senior and Intermediate squad members who are serious swimmers wishing to improve their competitiveness at carnivals and swim meets. The sessions will focus on diving technique, improving starts, finishes and turns. This training is in addition to regular squad sessions. Sessions will be held on Friday afternoons in Term 3 2017. Expressions of interest can be emailed to the Swimming Administrator. Due to limited number of spaces acceptance will be at the coaches discretion.
May I book for Term 4 and Term 1 only?
No. There is no option to book and pay for term 4 and term 1 only. NB: This is not a full Season.
It may be possible to begin swimming in Term 4 but only if there are spaces remaining in the squads. As each season passes, more and more children are beginning in August leaving fewer spaces for Term 4 starters.
If squads are full by Term 4, swimmers names go onto a waitlist and will be given first option to join when spaces become available. This is often not until Term 1.
How much does it cost to swim in the program?
The prices are shown on this Swimming page. Please scroll down to view.
Is the pool heated?
Yes. The pool is heated throughout the season. During the cooler weeks, we increase the temperature a couple of degrees to ensure it is comfortable for the swimmers. On colder days, Larissa and Oleg adjust the program to ensure the swimmers keep moving.
What is Breakfast Club?
On Monday to Friday we have a parent volunteer in attendance at the pool to supervise the children who have swum in the first squad session of the day. During that time we serve breakfast to those children and the subsequent squad at a small cost. Only squad swimmers who have swum that morning are permitted to eat at Breakfast Club (BC). After dressing for school, the children must stay within the pool fence until the 8.30am bell when they are encouraged to leave.
The children may pay cash each morning or a Breakfast Club card is available for purchase on this page. Scroll down.
The Breakfast Club roster is prepared twice/term. We encourage everyone who is available to have a turn on the roster. It is not an onerous task and parents report how enjoyable the experience is and helpful and respectful the children are.
My child cannot attend the minimum number of sessions. What options are there?
If your child cannot attend the minimum number of sessions for their squad then it is possible for them to move to Saturday morning only swimming allowing them to continue in the water but with less commitment. We have sessions available for Minis through to Seniors on Saturdays.
If your child is an Intermediate or Senior swimmer then it is possible for them to move to Troika (Seniors + Int) or Duo (Seniors only) squads. These squads have ex-students attending as well so there is a mix of ages and abilities. Your swimmer may attend 2 sessions/week.
While these squads have a slightly more relaxed atmosphere we still expect regular attendance and focus during the squads. Bookings remain essential.
My swimmer has been invited to trial in Competition Squad. What does that mean?
The swimmers will be permitted to try some Competition sessions to see if they enjoy them and would like to take their swimming to the next level. Competition squad is for serious swimmers and there is commitment required from the swimmer themselves and the family.
The children must be able to consistently attend a minimum of 6 sessions per week, swim the entire season (Aug-May), be a financial member of Swimming NSW, regularly attend Seahorses Swimming Club on Friday nights and represent Seahorses Swimming Club at external competitions. The children will be trained for competitions.
1. Minimum Sessions
4 Comp Sessions + 2 Senior or Intermediate Sessions
3 Comp Sessions + 3 Senior/Intermediate Sessions
2. Regular attendance at Seahorses Club Night
3. Representation of Seahorses at external competitions
4. Be a financial member of Swimming NSW
5. Swim the whole season: Aug – May
6. Join the holiday programs which involves Dry Land training as well as pool work.
Does the program run on Public Holidays?
We do not run squads or LTS on Public Holidays.
We run Holiday Programs during September/October, January and April school breaks for squads and learn to swim. The program is in addition to normal squads and learn to swim lessons. Additional fees apply. Please check back towards the end of each school term for details such as dates and pricing.
Do we cancel swimming when it is raining/windy/stormy/threatening/cold/forecast to be anything but perfect?
Squad training and Learn to Swim lessons will continue in all weather conditions.
There is one exception only – we close the pool for lightning. The coaches monitor this closely and will ensure all the children are out of the pool and are safe. The children will remain in the pool area until the end of their session time and are collected. No one re-enters the pool until 30 minutes after the last lightning.
It is not possible to advise parents if their child’s squad is on or off in these circumstances. We do not have the ability to mass email from the pool deck.
We do not offer makeup lessons due to the incidence of bad weather.
My swimmer cannot attend their lesson or squad today. What should I do?
If your child is unable to attend their booked sessions for any reason, we appreciate notification. Please email the Swimming Administrator to advise.
Are makeups, credits and refunds allowed?
Do we allow makeup sessions?
If your child misses a squad session or learn to swim lesson no makeups sessions/lessons are available. Due to the popularity of our Program we do not have capacity to provide make up sessions/lessons.
We also do not offer makeup sessions/lessons or credits due to the incidence of bad weather.
Can I get a refund on fees paid if my child leaves the Program?
No credits or refunds are permitted if you decide to withdraw your child from the Program.
Please see below for details on when we do credit and refund.
When are credits or refunds allowed?
- If your child has an extended illness/injury for four or more weeks you may apply to the Administrator for consideration of a credit.
- If your child leaves LPS then you may apply to the Administrator for consideration of a refund or part thereof.
- If your child is withdrawn within two weeks of starting the Program then an application may be made to the Administrator for consideration of a refund.
Please see below for instructions on how to apply for a credit or refund.
How to apply for a credit or refund
- An application must be made via email to the Administrator stating the reasons for the credit/refund together with supporting documentation eg medical certificate.
- Once a credit/refund has been approved an email outlining the amount to be credited or refunded will be sent by the Administrator.
- All decisions on applications for credits/refunds will be made at the discretion of the Administrator and/or Sports Committee.
- A refund will be made to the nominated credit card that the original payment was made with.
My child attends LAC. Can they still swim in the program?
Yes. LAC will bring your child to and from the pool. While LAC does have lists of the children who attend squads and lessons, it is the parent’s responsibility to advise LAC and sign their permission form regarding pool attendance.
If your child is brought late to the pool or not at all, we cannot do makeup sessions as the majority of our classes are consistently full.
What is your Learn to Swim program?
We offer Learn to Swim lessons (LTS) after school on Mondays-Thursdays beginning at 3.15pm. Each lesson is 30 minutes long.
Each child must swim twice/week in the weekday program. You may select the days your child would like to swim. We will place them in a class with children who have a similar skill level. We cannot guarantee or promise a timeslot. We do our best to overlap with a sibling in squads but it is not always possible.
If your child would prefer to swim once/week then they may join our Saturday morning program. Lessons begin from 8.40am and like the weekday program, the children are placed in classes with children of a similar ability.
We do not allow the combination of a Saturday lesson plus one weekday lesson.
All children must be graded before they can be placed into a class.
Can my child join the LPS swimming program if they are not enrolled at Lindfield Public?
If your child is at high school then they may be able to attend our Ex-student squad in the evenings shown as Troika and Duo on the timetable. Please email the Swimming Administrator to enquire further.
If your child is at pre-school and will be attending LPS in the following year then they will be welcome to attend Saturday morning Learn to Swim classes in Term 4. More details will be available during Kindy Orientation. We do not accept enrolment from any children younger than this.
If your child is attending another primary school then we cannot allow them to join our swimming program during weekdays. This is because we cannot cater for demand from within the school community.
Our holiday program is more flexible. We do allow school aged children from the local community to join us. The January holiday program permits Kindy starters to attend as well. The children must be graded before enrolling. Please email the Swimming Administrator to arrange.
I have a child in Kindergarten. Are they permitted to join the program?
Yes. While there is no Class Swimming for Kindy children, we welcome them to Learn to Swim lessons after school.
Please click here to view the schedule for 2017-18 Fees
Squad & Learn to Swim Dates
TERM 3 – 2017
Monday 21st August to Saturday 23rd September
TERM 4 – 2017
Monday 9th October to Saturday 16th December
TERM 1 – 2018
Monday 29th January to Friday 13th April
No swimming Good Friday 30th March to Easter Monday 2nd April
TERM 2 – 2018
Monday 30th April to Saturday 2nd June