Starfish will send out a statement of fees 4 weeks before the end of term. Current swimmers will then have two weeks to reenrol for the upcoming term
If no payment is received, we will assume you don’t wish to swim with us in the following term and your position will be given to a family on our wait list.
Our pool is heated to a beautiful 33 degrees, making it one of the warmest pools around. Perfect for our swimmers, ranging in age, from 6months to 13yrs. No excuse to not swim through winter. Summer swimmers are made in winter!
Starfish Swim School prides itself on having the best staff in the business. All instructors must have either a Swim Australia, Austswim or LSV license. They must hold a current CPR certificate and Working With Children Check. We provide ongoing in house training to keep both instructors and their students at the forefront of the industry. Staff meetings are held every term to digest the term that was, discuss parent feedback and strategies on ways to improve all aspects of Starfish Swim School.
Of course! New enrolments are accepted throughout each term, if availability allows. Your term fee will be calculated on a pro rata basis.
Starfish does operate term by term. However, our terms are longer than the public school terms. Starfish only break for one week in-between terms, which is usually the second week of school holidays. In that one week off between terms, we run our very popular swim intensive week. Over Christmas, we close for three weeks. The week before we open for term 1, we run our intensive week. This is usually mid January.
Having breaks over winter terms will slow the momentum and great progress your child has made until then.
We all know the aim of swimming lessons firstly is to make sure our children are properly water safe…becoming an Olympic swimmer can be achieved later down the track.
To achieve this goal, swimming all year round will allow for water safe swimmers to happen much quicker and faster.
At Starfish we are always assessing the kids. If our instructors believe a student is ready to move to the next level, they will notify reception, which will then get in contact with you. We also do Formal grading every term.
Formal grading consists of instructors grading directly onto tablets at the end of each class. This allows the instructors to best gauge the ability of their students and grade correctly. Grading occurs over two weeks, in case some students are away and for the instructors to best understand the child’s true ability. After the two weeks, the grading is automatically uploaded to each families account which can be accessed on the Portal.
Students who are graded to move up, an email is sent to the family. This email will confirm the skills mastered and allow you to print and even post your child's certificate from the Parent Portal.
If you don't receive an email, this means that your child is still learning some of the required skills to progress to the next level. The Parent Portal will allow you to follow up on which skills still need to be mastered to progress. We work diligently to find the right class to support your child's progress.
Children will also plateau at times in their swimming education where you feel they’re not learning. This is a time of consolidation and they are in fact still learning and should not be taken out of the program.