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Children make waves with Charity Sponsored Swim

They have done it! A group of 24 children who have their weekly swimming lessons with Water Lilies Swimming School in Norfolk and Suffolk came together on Saturday 15th July in Harleston to take part in our swimming school's first ever charity swim. And together they have raised over £1,000 for charity!

The children aged between 5 and 10 years old chose a distance they would like to swim and raised money for charity with a sponsorship form. The children swam lengths of the 22m pool in Harleston.

On the day they were supported by their parents and grandparents who counted the lengths they swam and cheered them on.

"It was so lovely to see my Granddaughter swim so far and with such good technique, which she has clearly learnt at her swimming lessons. I am very proud of her and the great effort from all of the children there all doing something themselves to raise money for charity,"  said Emilia's Grandpa Peter Sugar.

Water Lilies' poolside assistants and instructors staffed the charity event. "The swimming by all the children who took part was so inspiring and impressive. It was a fun and enjoyable event and the children's swimming was remarkable, they all exceeded their distance goals!" said Teresa Griffin, owner/founder and swimming instructor at Water Lilies Swimming School.

"A lot of focus, drive and determination from the children who were all very proud of their own effort. We were just thrilled they enjoyed it so much. Thank you to all of their parents and grandparents who supported them all so well. It was a great event and we are very proud of the children who took part. We look forward to doing this again next year!" 

Every child who took part in fact swam a distance more than their original distance goal, and some swam over and above what they expected. There were a range of distances achieved such as 220m through to 1,000m, 1,500m, and some swimmers swam over 2,500m! The swimming event was for charity and not for official distance recording. The children work towards official distance certificates during their swimming lessons with Water Lilies.

The sponsored swim is part of Water Lilies' 10 Year Anniversary celebrations. The swimming school is raising money throughout 2017 for three local charities: Nelson's Journey Norfolk's Bereavement Charity, EACH and East Anglian Air Ambulance. 

Thank you to everyone who took part and congratulations to you all for your fantastic swimming and raising so much money for charity. 

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Water Lilies Swimming School teaches Parent & Baby / Toddler swimming classes, small group swimming lessons for 3-5 year olds and school age children, Development Squad for advanced swimmers, Harleston Stingrays Swimming Club for competitive swimming, private tuition for children and adults, private pool hire and school holiday activities.

The independent swimming school was set up by Teresa Griffin in 2007 with the aim to teach small groups of children and offer personalised and high quality teaching. She has achieved this and Water Lilies is thriving 10 years on. Over 1,500 babies, children and adults swim locally with Water Lilies each week in lovely private pools. 

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Congratulations to our Star Swimmer!

We are delighted to announce the winner of our special Woolnough Trophy award


Each term Water Lilies' instructors are invited to nominate those students which have really stood out that term - for their effort, enthusiasm, achievement and more. One of those nominated is awarded our golden Woolnought Trophy. 

The trophy was donated to the swimming school in 2007 and we have awarded one of our swimmers each term since then. Receiving the Water Lilies' Woolnough Trophy is a fantastic achievement especially as we teach over 1500 swimmers each week!

And the winner is... LEO BROOKS!

We are thrilled to announce Leo Brooks is the winner for the Spring 2017 Term. He swims at Water Lilies Swimming School in Harleston. Congratulations!!!

Leo's instructor Sophie nominated him for the award, saying: 

"I have nominated Leo for his consistent hard work throughout the term and he has gone from strength to strength!” 

Leo's mum Claire has said:  "To say we are proud is an understatement, what a fantastic achievement! We are delighted with how Leo has progressed with Water Lilies and the relationship he has developed with Sophie which is we feel key to the continued progress he has enjoyed. Thank you for this fantastic new!"

STAnely Seal is coming to Water Lilies to present Leo with his special award in the coming weeks. Photographs to follow...

FINALISTS

Congratulations to all of the children who were nominated for the award for last term. You will all be receiving your certificate very soon! Congratulations to the following children:

Ethan Sparks
Daisy Gosling
Abigail Holledge
Scarlett Leeder
Harry Hill
Roscoe Francis
Gil Dawson
Eve Wade
Ava Cawston
Richard Edmunds
Nyree Campbell
Fearne Keough
Daisy Gascoyne
Bluebelle Pearson
Arietty Goodwin
Oliver Dwyer
Madison Ungerman
Mia White
Orla Caulfield-Foster
Amelia Brown
Mia Greaves
Oliver Morelli
Frankie Waterson
Ella Goodswen
Evie Gidson
Eloise Marshall

 

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Water Safety advice for the Holidays

Lauching the recent national Water Safety Week, the STA's President Richard Timms said: 

Water Safety Booklet thumbnail"Enjoying water – whether at a beach or in a swimming pool on holiday or taking a relaxing walk along a canal or river – is one of life’s pleasures but it’s important that people of all ages understand how to be safe in and around water, especially at this time of year with summer approaching.

For families who will be preparing to go on holiday, it is important that children understand the Water Safety Code. To help with the learning process, we’ve created a free downloadable water safety booklet.

The 24-page booklet, which has been launched for National Water Safety Week, features fun puzzles and activities to teach children how to stay safe in the pool and in the sea, as well as general water safety awareness in different environments and potential hazards, added Richard.

Download the Water Safty Booklet here!

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Water Safety Code

Spot the Dangers

Water may look safe, but it can be dangerous; learn to spot and keep away from dangers. You may swim well in a warm indoor pool, but that does not mean that you’d be able to swim in cold water outside.

Take Safety Advice

Special flags and notices may warn you of danger. Know what the signs mean and do what they tell you.

Don’t Go Alone

Children should always go with an adult, not by themselves. An adult may be able to point out dangers or help if someone gets into trouble.

Learn How to Help

You may be able to yourself and others if you know what to do in an emergency.

 

DOWNLOAD THE BOOKLET

 

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Water Lilies' Star Swimmer Award

Golden Woolnough Trophy 
Water Lilies' Star Swimmer Award 

***We are delighted to announce the winner of our special Woolnough Trophy award***

Each term Water Lilies' instructors are invited to nominate those students which have really stood out that term - for their effort, enthusiasm, achievement and more. One of those nominated is awarded our golden Woolnought Trophy. 

The trophy was donated to the swimming school in 2007 and we have awarded one of our swimmers each term since then. Receiving the Water Lilies' Woolnough Trophy is a fantastic achievement especially as we teach over 1500 swimmers each week!

And the winner is...

Enya McEntee WT winner March 2017

We are thrilled to announce Enya McEntee is the winner for the Autumn 2016 Term. Congratulations!!!

Enya's instructor Laura nominated her for the award, saying: 

"Enya has been swimming with me for a long time and she has progressed through from the beginner Octopus levels all the way to Angelfish Level 2. Getting her Angelfish Level 2 Badge has been a brilliant achievement for Enya this Autumn Term. Enya has always struggled with her breathing and had a dislike of putting her face under when younger - this prevented her from achieveing Angelfish Level 1. She was also scared of attempting a forward somersault. However, she worked so hard to overcome this and towards the end of the Autumn Term Enya performed many perfect somersaults!"

We presented Enya with her trophy at her lesson on Saturday 11th March, cheered and clapped by all the other children, their parents and the Water Lilies' instructors at the Harleston pool. 


The finalists are...
Congratulations to everyone nominated for the award and receiving their certificates, well done.

The finalists are:

Verity Todd
Lola Mustafa
Harry Hines
Jacob Salmon
Scarlett Leeder
Harry Yaxley
George Garnham
Thomas Fisher
Eli Pazarlis
Joseph Hawes
Mia Cole
Oliver Steward
Xanthe Hyland
Alfie Robinson
Amelia Hanner
Sophie Baldry
Megan Keates
Ben Vincent
Liam Davison
William Bolderston
Isabel Hadingham
Seren Howell
Arwen Smooker
Amelia Bailey
George Hilton


*CONGRATULATIONS*

 

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Easter Colouring Competition

Download and print this STAnley Seal colouring sheet and return to your instructor by 25th March 2017.

Fantastic Easter Egg Prizes for the Winner! *Looking forward to receiving your entries*

Easter colouring sheet

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And the Swim Star winner is...

Golden Woolnough Trophy - Water Lilies' Star Swimmer Award 

We are delighted to announce the winner of our special Woolnough Trophy award. Each term Water Lilies' instructors are invited to nominate those students which have really stood out that term - for their effort, enthusiasm, achievement and more. One of those nominated is awarded our golden Woolnought Trophy. 

The trophy was donated to the swim school in 2007 and we have awarded one of our swimmers each term since then. Receiving the Water Lilies' Woolnough Trophy is a fantastic achievement especially as we teach over 1500 swimmers each week!

And the winner is...

We are thrilled to announce Alister Cruikshanks is the winner for the Summer 2016 Term. He swims at Water Lilies Swimming School with private tuition. Alister is our very first adult winner for the swim star award! Congratulations!!!

Our instructor Chris nominated Alister for the award, saying: 

"Alister has made fantastic progress. He has grown in confidence and is now swimming the length of the pool with a streamlined body position and with relaxed breathing. I am sure that he will agree that his improvement since the day he started has been amazing. He should be very proud of himself."

We look forward to presenting Alister with the golden trophy and getting his name engraved on it. 

The finalists are...
Congratulations to everyone who was nominated for the award:

Luca Salvadore
Harry Bannister-Wood
Ralph Putman
Lilia Wilson
Molly Chadwick
Crystal Tudor
Flynn Palmer
Wilf Edwards
Felix Simpson
Jacob Clarke
Felicity Jessica Wagner
Jamie Norton
Rebekah Thurston
Jack Lofthouse
Esme Chapman
Jamie-Lee Symonds
Jon-Paul Nevitt
Aiden Clarke
Billy Day
Jemima Lowe

*CONGRATULATIONS*

 

 

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Christmas Colouring Competition

Download our wonderful STAnley Seal Father Christmas here!

For your chance to win a fab Christmassy prize colour in your sheet and return it to your next lesson. 

Closing date for entries is Saturday 3rd December!

Santa STAnley colouring sheet DOWNLOAD

Christmas STAnley colouring sheet DOWNLOAD

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SPECIAL OFFER in October

Join us for swimming lessons for JUST £2!

This special offer is running across 2 weekends in October and we are booking now for the following half hour sessions: 2pm, 2.30pm, 3pm & 3.30pm

  • Saturday 15th October
  • Sunday 16th October
  • Saturday 29th October
  • Sunday 30th October

The lessons are being taught in the Archbishop Sancroft School Pool, Harleston. 

Classes running are for STA StanleyOctopus and Goldfish swimmers. 

STANLEY: 3 year olds to rising 5's
OCTOPUS: School-age beginners & non-swimmers
GOLDFISH: Advanced beginners can swim 5-10m front and back

The lessons are delivered as part of an STA swimming teacher training course and exam. Taught in small groups of no more than 4 children.

Water Lilies Swimming School is proud to host the STA teacher training. If you would like to know more about becoming a swimming teacher or poolside assistant please contact us in the WLSS Office.

 

All places must be pre-booked through the Water Lilies Swimming School office. 
Contact us to find out more and to book your place.

Call: 01379 740489
Email: treacle@waterliliesswim.co.uk
www.waterliliesswim.co.uk

 

Interested in becoming a swimming teacher?

Throughout the year, Water Lilies Swimming School hosts STA swimming teacher training and courses for poolside assistants. The swimming qualifications are a great introduction to a career in swimming teaching - earn extra money and work hours that suit you, whilst educating children about water safety and the enjoyment of learning to swim.

If you would like to know more, please contact Teresa Griffin in the WLSS Office. Water Lilies Swimming School presently has some exciting job opportunities for instructors and poolside assitants.

 

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Water Lilies Swimming School has achieved the STA Swim Star Swim School status - assuring you of the highest standards in teaching, training and customer service.

 

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The Woolnough Trophy goes to...

Congratulations to all the children nominated for the Spring and Summer 2015 Trophy!

Each term Water Lilies Swimming School instructors nominate two children for their effort, enthusiasm and achievement throughout the term.

The Woolnough Trophy was donated to Water Lilies Swimming School in 2007 and we have awarded the trophy to one of our swimmers every term since.

Winning the Trophy is a great achievement as we teach over 1,200 children.

And the winner is...

Shirley and JackWe are delighted to announce that the Spring / September 2015 term winner is Jack Wenn who swims with Water Lilies Swimming School in the Quidenham pool. Congratulations Jack! 

Jack's instructor Shirley and Hannah from Water Lilies surprised Jack at his school to present him with the golden Trophy during assembly. Thank you for the warm welcome everyone at Diss Infants!  

"Jack has really had to overcome his feelings in the pool, being on his front and his back and going out of his depth. He hated the feeling of water on his face and in his eyes and is now able to completely submerge, tread water, jump in, swim both front and back and has a really good breastroke! He's so welcoming to other friends in his class and always has something nice to say. He is an absolute pleasure to teach and is such a lovely little boy. Well done Jack!" explains Shirley.

Well done to all of the children who were nominated for the Woolnough Trophy - recognising their effort and achievement during the 2015 Spring and Summmer Term. We are delighted to announce the following children are finalists, congratulations to you all. A certificate is coming your way!

 

Spring Term Finalists

Alex Walsh

Grace Phillips

Finley Mutti

Barnaby Rogers

Sam Moore

Sophie King

Gaia Miller

Henry Floyd

Imogen Lake

Ellen Pyburn

Nathaniel Batrum

Henry Plume

Oliver Plume

Frankie Phillips

Kai Fuller

Daisy Fisher

George Patterson

Jessica Wright

Ayla Longhurst

Lexi Allen

Levi Lanchester

Summer Term Finalists

Darcey Chappell

Etta Williamson

Lily Kemp

Isabelle Thompson

Thomas Fisher

Evie Gibson

Magnus Mohiddim-Jones

George Phillips

Brandon Peain

Samuel Ash

Verity Todd

Issac Gulliver

Charlie Farrell

Sid Mandley

Lee Ellis

Dominic Wright

Holly Brown

William Bush

Liam Hines

Chloe Hines

Harry Goddard

Saffron Vine

Lexie Evans

Iris Meldrum

Esme Roffey

Jamie-Lee Symonds

Sebastian Page

Niamh McDonald

Honeysuckle Bourne

Mae Henderson

Owen Andrews

 

 

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Water Safety

Be water safe this summer

Top tips on how to ensure that you and your child are water safe this summer

As we look forward to the summer holidays, it is time for an essential reminder about how to stay safe in and around the water. Sadly, accidental drowning is the third highest cause of death in youngsters. This Blog contains links to some great resources and an outline of the key points to remember...

 

Holiday Advice Leaflet 2015A great NEW water safety holiday advice leaflet for parents and guardians from the STA, free to download. Click here to download your copy

 

And here's a great little animation to watch with your children: Learn the SAFE Code with Perry and the Bouys  

 

 

 

 

 

Here are some top water safety tips for you to help keep you and your children safe this summer: 

1. Spot the dangers

danger no swimmingWhen you arrive on holiday - or on your day trip - do a check of the area and look for dangers in and around the water.

- What are the general conditions like in and out of the water?

- Check the tides before you swim and make sure you won’t get cut off from the beach by the rising tides.

- Are there rocks, piers, or break-waters that may affect paddling and bathing?

jet ski- Are there any water sports taking place, such as water-skiing? If so, are these in zoned areas?

 

 

 

Safety at home is important too – ensure that paddling pools and buckets are emptied. 

2. Go together

Remember: Don't swim alone!

Ensure children are supervised AT ALL TIMES and swim at life-guarded pools and beaches where possible.

3. Take safety advice

flagsTake notice of warning signs. If abroad, water safety signage can be different so find out what local warning flags and signs mean

Ross from the RNLI provides great tips on staying safe at the beach – watch this short clip

Make sure your child wears a life jacket on boating trips.

Your child could quickly and easily be blown out to sea on a large inflatable toy – try to discourage their use.

4. Learn how to help

Do not enter the water to rescue anyone.

LifeguardLearn how to get help in an emergency: If you see someone in difficulty, tell somebody, preferably a Lifeguard if there is one nearby, or go to the nearest telephone, dial 999, ask for the Police at inland water sites and the Coastguard at the beach.

You can find out about rescue methods here.

Teach your children the importance of water safety

STA stanleyAll children swimming with Water Lilies Swimming School are part way to being safe in the water as they are learning to swim and being taught water safety as part of their lessons. At WLSS we follow the STA’s Learn to Swim programe. However they need your help too – to teach them the importance of water safety.

 

 

 

 

10 Top Tips for having a safe holiday aroad this summer - from the STA:

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Summer has officially arrived and many millions of British holidaymakers are preparing to depart to foreign shores in search of the elusive suntan, which means long days by the pool or on the beach. Inevitably many accidents occur when simple safety rules are ignored or forgotten in the heat of the noon-day sun. So we’ve compiled 10 simple water safety reminders for people intending to ‘chill’ by the pool or on the beach this summer. 

 
  1. Young children are attracted to water. On arrival, inspect the location for potential hazards – it is not uncommon for a drowning to occur while both parents have been unloading the car or unpacking upon arrival. Don’t take your eyes off them for even one second if they are near water. Parents / Guardians should take turns to keep their eye on children who are in the swimming pool even if they are in floatation devices and can stand up.

  2. Never accept the validity of pool depth markings – they are often wrong or misleading. Get someone to test the depth before allowing weak or non-swimmers near the pool.
  3. If the clarity of the pool is so poor that you can’t see the bottom, then stay out of the water.

  4. Drains and water inlets can trap fingers and hair. Point these out to children so that they understand the danger.

  5. If the children’s pool is adjacent to the main pool, weak and non-swimmers should be deterred from changing pools or using the dividing walls / features to walk on.

  6. Weak and non-swimmers should not go out of their depth – even when they are using armbands and other floatation devices.

  7. At the beach, never play or swim near rocks, or near boats or other crafts.

  8. On the continent a ‘Red for Danger’ or ‘Yellow for Caution’ and a ‘Green Safe to Swim’ flag system is used, but often a bit on the liberal side. It’s better to be safe and swim only when the ‘Green’ flag is showing.

  9. Always swim parallel to the shore rather than out to sea – and stay within your depth.

  10. Don’t take lilos and other inflatables into the water – they can blow you out to sea and they may ‘pop’.

Safety near water is everyone’s responsibility. Following the above advice will help you to enjoy a safe holiday.

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Find out more about the Water Safety Code

Rospa logoFind out more about the Water Safey Code on the RoSPA website.

Why not test your knowledge together with RoSPA's  Water Wise Quiz and look through RoSPA's water safety information sheets.

RNLI shorethingThe RNLI has a new website for 7 - 14 year olds called Shorething! with games and activities, visit the website here

 

 

WLSS logoWe are introducing the STA Junior Lifeguard Academy next term - this is the STA's premier survival and rescue programme for children aged 8 years and above. More details coming soon! If you woudl like to register you interest, please contact the office on 01379 740489 or email treacle@waterliliesswim.co.uk

 

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Photoshoot now on!

Photoshoot with Amy Pilkington -  Water Lilies Swimming School group lessons

We are delighted to offer you the chance to take part in a photoshoot with a difference! Amy Pilkington is a professional photograper based in Norfolk and is coming to Water Lilies Swimming School in June, July September and October 2015.

Amy will be in the pool during usual lesson times to capture fun and enjoyment that the children have, documenting the child's lesson and capturing truly wonderful images! For babies and toddler lessons the parent or carer in the pool will also be photographed. 

"This is a great memento of your child's ability and achievement at this time!"

Amy PilkingtonThe dates and times of the photoshoot are detailed below, there is no need to book - Amy will be attending all of our classes within these times. Please also see the poster at the pool you swim at to find out when the photoshoot will be taking place. Reminders will be posted on our Facebook page and Facebook group page too!

 

 

 

After your photoshoot

Amy will contact you via email or text with a unique montage of images for you to view.  The A4 montage will contain approximately 6-8 images, including above and under water shots. There is no obligation to buy, and there is no charge for the photoshoot. However, if you love your photograph and would like to purchase a copy Amy will provide the details. The images will be available as printed copies and in digital format on request.

Please let the Water Lilies Swimming School office know if you would not like to be photographed: tel. 01379 740489 or email treacle@waterliliesswim.co.uk

There is a consent for you to complete and to return to Water Lilies Swimming School before or on the day of the photoshoot at your pool. 

To find out more about Amy Pilkington visit www.underwaterportraitsbyamy.co.uk

PHOTOSHOOTS IN JUNE & JULY

Amy will be in the pool during usual Water Lilies Swimming School lessons at the following times:

HARLESTON POOL

Harleston photoshoot poster 2015

QUIDENHAM POOL

Quidenham photoshoot poster 2015

BUNGAY POOL

Bungay photoshoot poster 2015

Dates and times for all other pools will be posted in this blog once confirms, the photoshoot will resume after the summer holiday!

CONSENT FORMS

We will ask all participants to sign a consent form.  A member of the Water Lilies team will be avialable on the day to collect signatures. If you have taken part in the photoshoot but have not signed the consent form, please let us know. 

UPDATE

Photographs are NOW AVAILABLE to view and purchase from the above photoshoots.

Amy Pilkington has sent out emails with the viewing passwords that you will need. Please check spam boxes if you have not received your email. Any problems please email Amy: underwaterportraitsbyamy@yahoo.co.uk 

We hope you enjoy your images!!!!

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Photoshoot with a difference

Photoshoot with Amy Pilkington -  Water Lilies Swimming School group lessons

We are delighted to offer you the chance to take part in a photoshoot with a difference! Amy Pilkington is a professional photograper based in Norfolk and is coming to Water Lilies Swimming School in October and November.  Amy will be in the pool during usual lesson times to capture fun and enjoyment that the children have, documenting the child's lesson and capturing truly wonderful images! For babies and toddler lessons the parent or carer in the pool will also be photographed.

The dates and times of the photoshoot are detailed below, there is no need to book - Amy will be attending all of our classes within these times. Please also see the poster at the pool you swim at to find out when the photoshoot will be taking place. Reminders will be posted on our Facebook page and Facebook group page too!

Amy Pilkington

Amy will contact you via email or text with a unique montage of images for you to view.  The A4 montage will contain approximately 6-8 images, including above and under water shots. There is no obligation to buy, and there is no charge for the photoshoot. However, if you love your photograph and would like to purchase a copy Amy will provide the details. The images will be available as printed copies and in digital format on request.

Please let the Water Lilies Swimming School office know if you would not like to be photographed: tel. 01379 740489 or email treacle@waterliliesswim.co.uk

There is a consent for you to complete and to return to Water Lilies Swimming School before or on the day of the photoshoot at your pool. 

To find out more about Amy Pilkington visit www.underwaterportraitsbyamy.co.uk

PHOTOSHOOTS IN NOVEMBER

Amy will be in the pool during usual Water Lilies Swimming School lessons at the following times:

HARLESTON POOL Wednesday 22nd October

4pm - 6pm

  Saturday 25th October

9am - 12pm

  Tuesday 4th November

4pm - 6.30pm

 

SHELFANGER POOL  Monday 3rd November  3.30pm - 7pm
   Wednesday 5th November  4pm - 6.30pm
   Thursday 6th November  3.30pm - 6pm
   Friday 7th November  4pm - 6.30pm
   Saturday 8th November  8.30am - 12pm

 

HOLTON POOL Monday 10th November  3.30pm - 6pm
  Tuesday 11th November 4pm - 5.30pm
  Wednesday 12th November 4pm - 5pm
  Thursday 13th November 4pm - 6pm

 

PULHAM MARKET POOL Weds 19th November 1.30pm - 2.30pm
  Thursday 20th November     3pm - 5.30pm

 

BURGH ST PETER POOL Saturday 22nd November 8am - 12pm
  Thursday 27th November 4pm - 6pm

 

BUNGAY POOL Wednesday 26th November 1.30pm - 4.30pm
  Wednesday 3rd December 4.30pm - 6pm

 

 

Photoshoot is complete after these sessions. Thank you to everyone who has taken part!

October dates: 

Amy was in the pool during usual Water Lilies Swimming School lessons at the following times:

BUNGAY POOL Monday 6th October 10am - 12.30pm
  Tuesday 7th October  9.30am - 12pm
  Wednesday 8th October 10.30am - 11.30am
  Thursday 9th October 10am - 11.30am
  Saturday 11th October  9am - 1pm
  Monday 13th October 2.30pm - 6.30pm
  Tuesday 14th October 2.30pm - 7pm
  Thursday 16th October 1.30pm - 3pm 
  Thursday 23rd October 3.30pm - 7pm

 

REDLINGFIELD POOL Thursday 9th October

3.30pm - 6pm

  Wednesday 15th October

1.30pm - 6pm

  Friday 17th October

3pm - 6pm

  Tuesday 21st October

1pm - 2.30pm 

CONSENT FORMS

We will ask all participants to sign a consent form.  A member of the Water Lilies team will be avialable on the day to collect signatures. If you have taken part in the photoshoot but have not signed the consent form, please let us know. 

Enjoy the photoshoot!

 

 

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Be water safe this summer

Be water safe this summer

Water Safety sandTop tips on how to ensure that your child is water safe this summer

As we look forward to the summer holidays, its time for an essential reminder about how to stay safe in and around the water.

Alarmingly, drowning is the 3rd highest cause of death in young children. Here are some top water safety tips for you to help keep you and your children safe this summer: 

1. Spot the dangers

danger no swimmingWhen you arrive on holiday - or on your day trip - do a check of the area and look for dangers in and around the water.

 

 

  • What are the general conditions like in and out of the water?

  • Check the tides before you swim and make sure you won’t get cut off from the beach by the rising tides.

  • Are there rocks, piers, or break-waters that may affect paddling and bathing?

jet skiAre there any water sports taking place, such as water-skiing? If so, are these in zoned areas?

 

 

Safety at home is important too – ensure that paddling pools and buckets are emptied.

 

2. Go together

Remember! Don't swim alone.

Ensure children are supervised AT ALL TIMES and swim at life-guarded pools and beaches where possible.

3. Take safety advice

flagsTake notice of warning signs. If abroad, water safety signage can be different so find out what local warning flags and signs mean

Ross from the RNLI provides great tips on staying safe at the beachwatch this short clip

Make sure your child wears a life jacket on boating trips.

Your child could quickly and easily be blown out to sea on a large inflatable toy – try to discourage their use.

4. Learn how to help
Do not enter the water to resuce anyone.

LifeguardLearn how to get help in an emergency: If you see someone in difficulty, tell somebody, preferably a Lifeguard if there is one nearby, or go to the nearest telephone, dial 999, ask for the Police at inland water sites and the Coastguard at the beach.

You can find out about rescue methods here.

Teach your children the importance of water safety

STA stanleyAll children swimming with Water Lilies Swimming School are part way to being safe in the water as they are learning to swim and being taught water safety as part of their lessons. At WLSS we follow the STA’s Learn to Swim programe. However they need your help too – to teach them the importance of water safety.

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STA has produced a brand new Water Safety Advice leaflet for new Mums and Dads.

The 8-page booklet contains advice on how parents can get their little one ready for the pool, choosing a swim class, and all manner of tips and advice, from what to wear and how to be prepared.

Download Leaflet Here

10 Top Tips for having a safe holiday aroad this summer - from the STA

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Summer has officially arrived and many millions of British holidaymakers are preparing to depart to foreign shores in search of the elusive suntan, which means long days by the pool or on the beach. Inevitably many accidents occur when simple safety rules are ignored or forgotten in the heat of the noon-day sun. So we’ve compiled 10 simple water safety reminders for people intending to ‘chill’ by the pool or on the beach this summer. 

 
  1. Young children are attracted to water. On arrival, inspect the location for potential hazards – it is not uncommon for a drowning to occur while both parents have been unloading the car or unpacking upon arrival. Don’t take your eyes off them for even one second if they are near water. Parents / Guardians should take turns to keep their eye on children who are in the swimming pool even if they are in floatation devices and can stand up.

  2. Never accept the validity of pool depth markings – they are often wrong or misleading. Get someone to test the depth before allowing weak or non-swimmers near the pool.
  3. If the clarity of the pool is so poor that you can’t see the bottom, then stay out of the water.

  4. Drains and water inlets can trap fingers and hair. Point these out to children so that they understand the danger.

  5. If the children’s pool is adjacent to the main pool, weak and non-swimmers should be deterred from changing pools or using the dividing walls / features to walk on.

  6. Weak and non-swimmers should not go out of their depth – even when they are using armbands and other floatation devices.

  7. At the beach, never play or swim near rocks, or near boats or other crafts.

  8. On the continent a ‘Red for Danger’ or ‘Yellow for Caution’ and a ‘Green Safe to Swim’ flag system is used, but often a bit on the liberal side. It’s better to be safe and swim only when the ‘Green’ flag is showing.

  9. Always swim parallel to the shore rather than out to sea – and stay within your depth.

  10. Don’t take lilos and other inflatables into the water – they can blow you out to sea and they may ‘pop’.

Safety near water is everyone’s responsibility. Following the above advice will help you to enjoy a safe holiday.

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Find out more about the Water Safety Code

Rospa logoFind out more about the Water Safey Code on the RoSPA website.

Why not test your knowledge together with RoSPA's  Water Wise Quiz and look through RoSPA's water safety information sheets.

RNLI shorethingThe RNLI has a new website for 7 - 14 year olds called Shorething! with games and activities, visit the website here

 

 

 

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Grab a bargain in April - 30 minute lessons with STA trainee instructors

Just £2 per 30 minute lesson with STA trainee instructors: 14-17th April 2014 - book your place today!

We are offering cut price lessons for children who are working towards their STA Stanley, Octopus and Goldfish badges to be taught as part of Water Lilies Swimming School's STA swimming teacher training in April.

The children will get their usual high quality lesson as all trainee teachers will have their plans and lessons assessed.

We are booking now for the following half hour sessions: 2pm, 2.30pm, 3pm & 3.30pm

  • Mon 14th April
  • Tues 15th April
  • Weds 16th April
  • Thurs 17th April

The lessons are being taught in the Archbishop Sancroft School Pool, Harleston. Directions and more details can be found here.

All places must be pre-booked through the Water Lilies Swimming School office.
Contact us to find out more and to book your place!

Call: 01728 628731 or 07919 108646
Email: treacle@waterliliesswim.co.uk
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Interested in becoming a swimming teacher?

The STA Level 2 Swimming Teaching Award is a great introduction to becoming a swimming teacher. Spaces are still available on the forthcoming course: 14-17th April 2014. Click here to read our blog for more information - course details, price and booking information.

This swimming qualification is a great introduction to a career in swimming teaching - earn extra money and work hours that suit you, whilst educating children about  water safety and the enjoyment of learning to swim.

If you have any queries or question, please give us a call or an email and we'll be happy to discuss this with you! See our contact details above...

 

Water Lilies Swimming School has achieved the STA Swim Star Swim School status - assuring you of the highest standards in teaching, training and customer service.

 

 

 

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Teresa wins STA's Sir Henry Pike Award

Water Lilies owner Teresa (Treacle) Griffin has been awarded a national award by the Swimming Teacher's Association (STA) for her outstanding contribution to swimming and water safety education over the last 12 months. The trustees of the STA had no hesitation in announcing Teresa as this year's recipient of the award.

Roger Millward, STA's Chief Executive said: "Teresa has demonstrated huge commitment to provding excellent swimming teaching provision in Norfolk and Suffolk and has worked tirelessly to ensure that people in the area have access to the quality teaching they need."

Teresa is thrilled to have won the Sir Henry Pike Memorial award. "I really love what I do with the children, the instructors, pool owners and others and I really did not expect an award. I am extremely pleased!"

Teresa received her award on Saturday 23rd November at a special presentation in Harleston, Norfolk. Click here for an article and photograph published by the Eastern Daily Press.

Congratulations to Treacle and all at Water Lilies Swimming School.

"Reading about how you have built up a successful swimming school and inspiring many people to take up swimming, helping to keep themselves safe, fit and healthy deserves to be recognised by this prestigious award."

Dr Dan Poulter, MP for Central Suffolk & North Ipswich

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Water Lilies went pyjamas for Children in Need

To support Children in Need this year, Friday 15th November, we asked Water Lilies Swimming School swimmers and instructors to come to lessons in ther pyjamas. Many of you took part in your lessons in your pyjamas!

Thank you to everyone who took part and joined in with the fun. Together we raised over £550!

Find out more about the BBC's Children in Need appeal, click here.

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New - SWIMACTIVE

NEW with Water Lilies Swimming School!!!

SWIMACTIVE at Archbishop Sancroft High School Pool, Harleston.

Fitness for all levels, whether you are just keeping fit or preparing for a triathlon we can help you reach your goal!

Contact the office for more details: 01728 628731 or email treacle@waterliliesswim.co.uk

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Baby Swimming CPD

We are running a Baby Swimming CPD on 3rd April 2012 in conjunction with the STA at Oaklands Leisure Pool, Bungay.  If you are interested in joining this course please contact 01728 628731.

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RLSS National Teacher Rescue Test

We are holding a RLSS National Teacher Rescue Course on 12th April 2012 at Oaklands Leisure Pool, Flixton Road, Bungay.  To book your place or for more information call us on 01728 628731 or 07919108646.

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RLSS National Teacher Rescue Course

We are holding a RLSS National Teacher Rescue Course on 23rd and 25th July 2011 at Oaklands Leisure Pool, Flixton Road, Bungay.  To book your place or for more information call us on 01728 628731 or 07919108646.

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Red Nose Day Total!

With your help and generousity we raised a total of £80.53 for Comic Relief.  Well done!!

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New Pool in Burgh St Peter

Now booking at Waveney River Centre Pool, Burgh St Peter, Beccles

for Summer Term starting 26 April 2011

Baby & Parent, Toddler & Parent, Under 5’s Lessons, School Age Lessons, Development Squad, Children & Adult Private Tuition, Ladies only sessions, Disability/Special Needs, to name but a few!!!!

The indoor, heated pool has excellent changing facilities and a café!

TO EXPRESS AN INTEREST OR BOOK YOUR PLACE – CONTACT US ON:

t: 01728 628731 m: 07919 108646 or 07798 841395

e: treacle@waterliliesswim.co.uk w: www.waterliliesswim.co.uk

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View our Easter Holidays 2011 Programme On-line

To download and view a copy of our Easter Programme click on this link, browse through our packed Easter programme and book - it's as easy as that!

 

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Water Lilies does Red Nose Day

Wear your Red Nose at your swimming lesson - Mon 14th March to Sat 19th March inclusive and raise money for Comic Relief.

 

Collection boxes will be at each pool.

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New Ladies Only Session at Oakland Leisure Centre, Flixton Road, Bungay

Mondays 12.30 p.m. - 1.30 p.m.

Prior booking and payment required

In our ladies only sessions we aim to have small groups in lanes of ranging abilities. For those that just like to swim lanes, those that would like to improve fitness or for those who would like to perfect a technique our instructors will be poolside with helpful hints to aid your individual needs should you require it.

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Book your Under 5's Lessons now!

Book your Under 5's lessons at 

Redlingfield, Holton,

Fressingfield, Badingham,

Walpole, Framlingham, Shelfanger & Oaklands Leisure, Flixton Road, Bungay

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Spring Term 2011

Our Spring Term starts Sat 8th Jan and finishes Fri 8th April inc (NOT inc Sat 19th Feb to Fri 25th Feb Half-Term).

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New Website Launched

We have launched our new website with loads of information on Water Lilies Swimming School together with our new online swimming shop. In the near future we will also be launching our new online booking system for lessons at pools across Norfolk and Suffolk.

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Opening of Oaklands Leisure Pool, Flixton Road, Bungay

Trevor Fuller and his brother Alistair have for many years farmed a herd at Oaklands Farm, in Flixton Road.

Now, the entrepreneurial family has decided to branch out by building a swimming pool at the farm and opening it to the public.

The pool is fully under cover and includes spacious changing facilities, showers and toilets.

The Fullers plan to open it in the next couple of weeks, and bookings are already being taken.

Penny Fuller, an occupational therapist, said: “My husband Trevor and his brother Alistair have run a dairy herd here for years.

“With the farming industry facing tough times, they started looking for alternative uses for the farm buildings.

“We were successful in getting planning permission several years ago to convert the farm buildings into a small complex. The idea was to create self-catering holiday units with use of a new pool.

“The pool has come first, and we are hoping to convert the buildings in the future.”

Mrs Fuller said building the pool had not been straightforward. “Because we are on marshland a lot of engineering went into the base so it could withstand changes in the water table,” she explained.

The pool is open to all and has access for people with disabilities making it accessible to everybody!

The family is also working with Water Lilies Swimming School to provide a range of individual and small-group swimming classes tailored to suit.

Also planned are classes such as aquarobics, Pilates aquarobics and baby-and-toddler sessions.

The pool is being run on a pre-booked basis, with half-hour swimming slots. The pool is designed for a minimum of two people and a maximum of eight in the pool at any time for safety purposes.

The pool measures 9m by 12m and is deep enough for people to swim lengths and do tumble turns.

“I think people now recognise that healthy activities are really necessary in life and it is important to find yourself a bit of calm in a hectic world,” said Mrs Fuller.

“Everybody who walks in and has a look at the pool is quite impressed. It is beautiful, and you can see right across the marshland.”

More details at www.oaklandsleisure.co.uk.

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Private Tuition - Oct 2010 Half-Term

If you think your child would benefit from an extra boost or would like to perfect a technique, why not book a/some private lessons during the October Half-Term @ Badingham, Walpole or Shelfanger!

1:1 or 2:1 of the same swimming level

Prior booking and payment required

 

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