The not-for-profit LPS swimming program provides opportunities for swimming teaching and training to all children in the School community, ranging from those learning to swim to our elite swimmers.
The program aims to ensure:
1. All children in our school community have necessary skills to be safe near and in water
2. All children have an opportunity to progress their swimming skills and confidence
3. Competitive swimmers have an opportunity to perform at their best at school and inter-school competition
4. Elite Swimmers have an opportunity to perform at their best at school and inter-school competition and have the knowledge, skill and stamina to progress along the SNSW elite swimmer pathway.
1. Pool size
2. Seasons (pool availability)
3. Economically sustainable
4. Limited to the school community (students, siblings and ex students)
Wherever applicable, the programs goals and outcomes are aligned with Government guidelines and regulations, the swimmer pathways of Swimming Australia and Swimming NSW, and the recommendations of ACSTA and Lifesaving Australia relating to safety and swimmer welfare.
2.3 General outline
The program is a not-for-profit initiative of LPS P&C.
The program will provide a range of swimming lessons and training opportunities. The ‘Levels’ are:
1. Learn to Swim (LTS)
7. Elite (NEW)
The program will provide professional coaching and maintain the pool to ensure availability of pool time appropriate for each Level. Some offsite services may be needed from time to time.
The training and teaching for each Level will vary in terms of:
1. Sessions in the pool each week
a. LTS – 1-2
b. Mini – minimum 3
c. Junior – minimum 3
d. Intermediate – minimum 3
e. Senior – minimum 4
f. Competition – 6-7
g. Elite level – 6-9
Adult squads will also be offered when they do not affect the outcomes of the LTS to Elite programs.
2. Duration of the season:
a. LTS – 1: Summer including holiday swimming
b. Mini – Summer including holiday swimming + shoulder
c. Junior – Summer including holiday swimming + shoulder ISNT IT AUGUST TO MAY AT LPS?
d. Intermediate – Summer including holiday swimming + shoulder ISNT IT AUGUST TO MAY AT LPS?
e. Senior – Summer including holiday swimming + shoulder, Winter off site optional ISNT IT AUGUST TO MAY AT LPS?
f. Competition – Summer including holiday swimming + shoulder, Winter off site ISNT IT AUGUST TO MAY AT LPS?
g. Elite level – Summer + shoulder, Winter off site ISNT IT AUGUST TO MAY AT LPS?
2.4 Opportunities for competition:
a. The program operates Seahorses Swimming Club. Seahorses provides the main opportunities for competition for most swimmers
b. As SNSW competitions and the SNSW swimmer pathways are available to all SNSW registered Seahorses swimmers, based on merit (times achieved in the pool and success in competition), the club ensures availability of the SNSW swimming pathway to elite and competitive swimmers
The content of each session and overall program for each level is led by the coaches, with the goal of achieving the performance outcomes listed in 3. below.
2.5 Cost and fundraising
Naturally, some of these program activities will be more costly than others – swimmers who are early and more matured along their swimming pathway will require more support and resources.
For this reason, budget decisions will be made on a ‘community’ basis, where the program will as a whole will be operated on a sustainable basis, even though elements of it may be operated at a loss.
This is justified, as all swimmers in the community have the opportunity to progress from the earliest to most advanced level, subject to their effort and talent. If the program did not offer the complete range of services and a pathway from LTS to elite, community members may elect to train elsewhere.
The various programs will be funded by fees charged to swimmers, fundraising and sponsorship. The intent is for fees to cover the majority of costs so that the program is not reliant on successful fundraising.
The exception to the community funding model is Adult squads and off site winter training. For this element the greater of actual costs or a fair market rate shall be borne by the participating swimmers.
When undertaken, fundraising events will have multiple aims, varied from time to time as the committee sees fit:
1. community awareness (K-2 fun nights etc)
2. promotion of membership (K-2 fun nights etc)
3. enjoyment of swimming (K-2 fun nights, Aquathlon, Lindfield Laps)
4. targeted events to fund infrastructure improvements.
The main day to day tasks for the program and therefore expenditure will be:
1. Pool maintenance
2. Teaching and administration
For these purposes, the program has engaged the services of professional coaches (Larissa and Oleg) and an administrator (Michele) who will oversee the program and operate the pool on a day to day basis, to achieve the objectives of the program.
The budget for maintenance, teaching and administration is set by the Committee.
3. END STATE
The measure of performance of the program shall be:
a) As far as practicable, all children in the school community have the opportunity to learn to swim in our program
all K-2 swimmers can compete safely and confidently in an event at the school carnival
b) All 3-6 swimmers can compete skilfully in an event at the school carnival
c) LPS school team to win at zone
d) Most LPS relay teams win at zone and Area.
e) Most LPS relay teams to make finals at State
f) 10-20 swimmers qualifying for State Age Championships (including in relays)
g) A number of swimmers competing at PSSA State championships
h) Our elite swimmers to be finalists at State Age and PSSA state championships
i) Senior Elite Swimmers (12 year old and over) qualify for Australian State Age Championships and our 11/U elite swimmers are on a path to achieve that goal
j) No 12/U swimmer will need to leave the program to fulfil their swimming potential.
a) The program has a conservative contingency for foreseeable events in any year
b) In any year, the program operates on a not for profit basis, providing the abovementioned opportunities to the ‘community’ of swimmers
We will advise of grading days once we have a confirmed start date. Please check back regularly for updated information.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a booking for grading by providing your child’s name, DOB and a mobile contact number.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Parents can be assured the swimming program is a safe activity for your children. Our COVID safe plan and restrictions are as follows:
- All swimmers, coaches, staff and volunteers must be well. If there are any symptoms of cold or flu or feeling unwell, please stay at home. Report any confirmed cases of COVID to the Principal.
- No Swimming is allowed if you are waiting for results from a COVID test and until the results received is negative.
- Come ready to swim i.e. have swimmers on, cap, goggles and equipment ready.
- Get in, train and get out.
- No parents are allowed in the pool area.
- Parents/Carers are not permitted on the school site once the swimmer has been dropped off to the session. Due to the Department of Education guidelines and adult physical distancing rules, parents and carers may not watch the session or wait on the school grounds. They will be required to wait in their car or off site.
- Drop off and collection points are at the Swim Gate (no loitering please). Parents are to leave the grounds immediately after drop off and collection.
- Please ensure that all swimmers, coaches/staff and volunteers wash or sanitise their hands before and after each session.
- Hand sanitiser will be available at the pool and it will be compulsory for children and volunteers to use prior to entering the pool area.
- Any shared equipment will be sanitised on a regular basis. Any fixed swimming equipment i.e. ladders will be wiped down.
- Physical distancing where possible in the pool area.
- Swimmers should have their own water bottle and snacks as the bubblers are closed.
- We are unable to provide Breakfast Club at this time due to the COVID restrictions.
Thank you for your cooperation.
Terms & Conditions & Code of Conduct
To view the Terms & Conditions and Code of Conduct, please click HERE.
Active Kids Rebate
We are a registered provider for the Active Kids rebate scheme and accept valid vouchers to the value of $100. Vouchers can be applied to Squad and Learn to Swim Season/Half Season/Term fees only. Vouchers cannot be applied to holidays fees, Seahorses club fees, swimming caps or breakfast club cards.
The Active Kids program provides two $100 vouchers for parents, guardians and carers of school-enrolled children to use towards sport and active recreation costs each year.
From 1 July 2019, parents, guardians and carers can apply for the second $100 Active Kids voucher. Voucher 1 is valid January to December and Voucher 2 is valid July to December.
Further information can be found Service NSW website: https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/active-kids-faqs-parents-guardians-and-carers
How to claim your rebate:
- Apply for your Active Kids Voucher at the Service NSW (SNSW) website. You will need to have a SNSW account, and your medicare card to apply by following this link: https://www.service.
- Take a note of your Active Kids Vouhcer number exactly as it appears on your Voucher.
- Once you have paid your swimming enrolment fees online in full and have received an Order Number, you can following the link below under the heading “Claim your Active Kids Vouhcer Here”. There is a form to be filled out but you must have your Order Number and Voucher Number.
Please note: this is a manual process so we ask for your patience as we are processing large numbers of vouchers.
What is a Season?
The LPS swimming program runs from mid-August to the end of May. We call this a “Season” and covers 31 weeks. 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 (15 weeks) OR beginning of term 1 to end of May (16 weeks). It is a way to break up the cost of swimming fees. 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.
May I book for Term 4 and Term 1 only?
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, the coaches adjust the program to ensure the swimmers keep moving.
What is Breakfast Club?
Unfortunately, we are unable to provide a Breakfast Club at this time due to COVID19 restrictions, so please ensure that your child brings their own snacks and water bottle.
Does the program run on Public Holidays/Pupil Free Days?
Public Holidays: No, there are no squads or learn to swim classes held
Pupil Free Days: Yes, squads and lessons are held as usual.
We run Holiday Programs during 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. Remember to book in early as places fill quickly.
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 continue in ALL weather conditions.
There are two exceptions – we close the pool for lightning and hail. 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 or in person to the coaches.
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 Seahorses squad in the evenings. 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.
I have a child starting Kindergarten next year, when are they permitted to join?
We welcome children who will be starting Kind
If your child is at pre-school and will be attending Lindfield Public in the following year then they will be welcome to attend Saturday morning Learn to Swim classes in Term 4 and our holiday program in January. More details will be available during Kindy Orientation. We do not accept enrolment from any children younger than this. Children must attend a grading session with our coach. Please email the Swimming Administrator for further details – email@example.com
I am on a waitlist, what does that mean?
Occasionally some of our squads/sessions/learn to swim classes are fully subscribed. When this occurs your child will be placed on a ‘waitlist’. The waitlist is actively managed by the coaches and administrator who work towards placing all children into classes as quickly as possible. We understand that you may be disappointed or frustrated by the delay.
What you can do to speed up your entry to the program:
- start at the beginning of the Season (Term 3)
- be flexible in the days/sessions you can attend
- if you are enrolling more than one child, then one may have to start before the other or they may have to have lessons at different times/days to begin with.
Waitlists can also apply to particular squad sessions eg Friday morning. If you are waitlisted for a squad session then you will be offered a place only when another child vacates their spot. Sometimes this may take a whole Term.
SCHEDULE OF FEES
Please see below Schedule of Fees for the 2021-22 Season.
The season runs from August 21 – May 21.
(The fees will be updated shortly when we have confirmation of our start date.)