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FAQs

  • How long do your learn to swim programs run for?
    Our swimming classes and lessons run continuously and progressively all year round, going on breaks during public holidays and school holidays. Our baby & parent swim group classes as well as toddlers & kids swimming lessons are held on a weekly basis. Once enroled, your spot is kept for you in the same class time and day. This means you can join at any given time, and cancel by notifying us two weeks in advance. Our one on one / private lessons, adults swimming lessons, and therapeutic swimming lessons can be booked any time depending on availability. Whether it's a one-off, a group of lessons, or week by week arrangment, speak to us about your specific needs and we will organise your lessons accordingly. Gift vouchers are avaialble for any of our services.
  • How long are the swimming lessons?
    Our swimming lessons and classes run for 30 minutes each. At times there are unique circumstances or arrangments where lesson duration may vary.
  • Can I be in the water with my child during their swimming lesson?
    Our babies and parents swimming classes are not just your baby's lesson, these classes are designed to teach parents as well as their little ones! They are meant for the whole family unit and are a wonderful opportunity to strengthen parent & child bond, as well as learning new ways to respond to your baby and to help them develop their new skills in water. More than one parent in the water with their baby is encouraged though not a must! You could also alternate, or get another family memeber to join in and learn. We are flexible, and recommend catching each other up on what you have learned in your lesson so that the new discoveries can be practiced at home (if possible) or in the next lesson in the pool. Young toddlers will be accompanied by their parent durng the swimming lessons until they are confident, physically developed and independant, and have gained the needed skills to progress to a peer group class without parents. But parents are always invited to watch from outside the water :)
  • How to dress my baby for our swimming lesson?
    As the pool is indoors we do not need sun protection screen or even rashies. We actually believe that the more direct contact your baby skin's has with the water the better she/he will learn. Just make sure your baby is wearing a waterproof swim nappy in the right size to avoid any accidents escaping into the pool water. Woolworth and Coles sell disposable swim nappies, or you might also want to double up with a reusable swim nappy. We have swim nappies available for purchase at reception in our Alfred Cove centre.
  • Is the temperature of the pools you use warm? And is it suitable to young babies?
    We keep the pool temperature at a warm and comforting 34°C to 35°C. This is the recommeneded temperature for best comfortablility for very young babies in their swimming lessons, as well as the ideal warmth for Aquatic Therapy sessions. A core prinicple of our phillosophy and therapeutic approach is helping the nervous system to harmonise, engaging the parasympathetic nervous systemn in order to promote relaxation for the ideal learning mode, and for physical and mental restoration. Mainaining the pool temperature close to the body temperature helps to keep things comfortable, winter or summer. This is also why our pools are undercover to help us maintain the type of environment that is ideal to delivering our services.
  • Who are Aquanat's swimming lessons suitable to?
    Babies can often start as young as 10 weeks with us! Take a look at our Babies and Parents Swim Classes program here. We offer lessons to Toddlers and Kids (up to around 6yrs, dependng on their aquatic skills and needs) as well as adults of all levels, and to those of any age who experiance physical, mental or emotional challenges. Take a look at our Therapeutic Swimming Lessons option. Our approach is unique, therapeutic, individualised and holistic.
  • When can I join?
    You are free to join and enrol at any time! If you wish to join a group class, we will match you with the most level and age appropriate group. Click here to contact us about enrolments!
  • How can I enrol myself or my child to swimming lessons?
    Once we find you a suitable lesson time, we will send you our electronic Enrolment Form. It is easy to download, fill out on your computer, save as new file, and send back to us. No need to print and scan! Plus...saving some trees at the same time :) We also ask for your term's total to be paid in advance when you enrol. We of course deduct any public holidays from your total, or if you joined us mid-term we calculate the total to reflect the number of lessons you will have from your start date. Or if you booked a private session we ask that it is paid for at least two days before it's schduled day,
  • Can I cancel my enrolment at any time?
    Please refer to our Cancellation Policy found here for details.
  • Do you offer private swimming lessons?
    Yes we do. We offer private lessons for those who are interested or in need of one on one sessions. These can be booked as a one-off or in a continous fashion, according to your specific needs. We'd love to hear from you and discuss what might work best for you or your child! Private lessons can be beneficial to babies and parents, young kids, young adults, or adults, who experiance physcal, mental, and/or emotional challenges, or are nervous begginers. We specialise in helping those with special needs get the best individulaised attention and care. Please visit our Therapeutic Swimming Lessons page for more information, and contact us to chat about your situation so that we can help tailor a program to help you achieve your goals.
  • When was Aquanat founded?
    Aquanat was established in 2001 in Perth, Western Australia, by Anat Juran, a trainer and therapist with decades of experience in aquatic education in Australia and abroad. Our Duncraig dome pool has seen hundreds of students for about 13 years. We have recently relocated and are re-opening Aquanat which will operate our of the beautiful hydrotherapy pool in Rocky Bay, Mosman Park.
  • Are you accredited with AUSTSWIM?
    We are an AUSTSWIM Gold member. Our instructors are all austswim accredited.
  • Are the pool and facilities wheelchair accessible?
    Mosman Park - Fully accessible Rocky Bay disability village is a completely wheelchair friendly environment, including the hydrotherapy pool we use. There is convenient disabled parking close to the entrance, and the pool is not too far away with convenient flat passage all the way to the pool and changing rooms. The pool features a hoist, and the changing rooms are fitted with all necessary for anyone in a wheelchair. Alfred Cove - Semi accessible Our centre in Alfred Cove is accessible and wheelchair friendly. There is convenient disabled parking by the entrance and a designated accessible changing room. The pool does not currently have a hoist and entry is via a set of stairs with hand rails. The pool depth is around 1m throughout. For exact dimensions please get in touch with us.
  • Is there convenient parking?
    There is convenient and secure off-street parking near the entrance to the pool.
  • Are you a Better Start Initiative or NDIS provider?
    We are able to provide paid invoices (1 per term) for NDIS claiming purposes (self managed funds) for our swimming lessons or aquatic therapy sessions! We are not an NDIS provider. If you have any questions about this please don't hesitate to CONTACT US! info@aquanat.com.au | 08 9496 1622
  • What is Somatic Experiancing® therapy (SE)?
    Somatic Experiencing psychotherapy is a body-oriented approach to the healing of trauma and other stress disorders. This approach works to release traumatic shock, which is key to transforming PTSD and the wounds of emotional and early developmental attachment trauma. In her work as an Aquatic Bodywork practitioner, Anat Juran became intested in helping and supporting her clients process their unresolved experiances and traumas that often naturally unfold during their water therapy sesions. Psychotherapy sessions with Anat can be booked wth or without Aquatic Bodywork sessions, and vice versa. Please contact Anat to discuss the best option for your specific situation.
  • What is Halliwick?
    One of the principle concepts that make up our teaching and therapy phillosophy. The Halliwick Concept is an approach to teaching all people, in particular, focusing on those with physical and/or learning difficulties, to participate in water activities, to move independently in water, and to swim. It is based on a belief in the benefits that can be derived from activities in water, and sets out the fundamentals necessary for their learning. These benefits include physical, personal, recreational, social and therapeutic aspects. The Concept has influenced hydrotherapy techniques and has been developed into specific therapeutic exercises. Learn more here...
  • What is Aquatic Therapy, or Aquatic Bodywork?"
    Immersion in water has many healing properties that positively impact our mood and help promote wellbeing, which in turn can improve our quality of life.​ All over the world, a wide range of aquatic therapy treatments, such as Watsu®, Healing Dance®, ​and Waterdance®, have been developed. Many of these are offered in warm water and are designed to treat various health conditions. Aquatic therapy treatents are for everyone, and you might especially benefit from or enjoy aquatic therapy if you: Want to relax and slow down. Want to be nurtured. Love the warm water. Love massage. Are experiencing pain. Are experiencing stress. Like gentle stretching and movement. Want to explore self-awareness. Like to try something different. Need therapeutic touch. Looking for a unique gift idea? Why not give someone a Gift Card for therapy sessions! Thoughtful, easy, and great for any occasion.
  • What is Watsu?
    A passive form of Aquatic Bodywork, ‘Water + Shiatsu’ = Watsu is an extremely gentle form of therapeutic massage conducted in warm water, combining elements of Zen Shiatsu massage techniques, including muscle stretching joint mobilisation and movements.
  • What is Healing Dance?
    Healing Dance, developed by Alexander George, is a graceful and powerful form of aquatic bodywork, conducted in body temperature warm water, integrating elements of Watsu, Waterdance, Trager Work, movement and dance. This work is based on the philosophy that movements and touch are therapeutic, so the remedial process in the body is activated by experience of the ‘received dance’. The technique combines beautiful movements characterised by 3D spaciousness, flawless, freedom, lightness and creativity.
  • What is Waterdance?
    Waterdance (or “Wassertanzen”, the original German name) is a form of hydrotherapy performed in body temperature warm water, during which the receiver is gradually guided through a variety of movements underwater while wearing a nose clip. In a Waterdance session the surface movements rhythmically match with those underwater in harmony adjusted to each individual’s needs. Once the entire body is taken under the water, the head becomes supported by the water and the receiver’s body can be moved, stretched, and worked in literally unlimited ways. The underwater journey has been described by receivers as profound, graceful, delight, bliss, joyful, spacious, liquid movement, weightlessness, time suspension, nurturing, soothing, unconditional love and coming back to the womb.
  • Do you offer school holiday programs?
    We often schdule our Aquatic Bodywork courses through our training organisation: The Australian Institute of Aquatic Bodywork during the school holidays. Our swimming lessons run consecutively with school terms, with a break between.
  • Do you offer Gift Cards for purchase?
    Yes we do! We think these are a wonderful and thoughtful easy gift idea and there are really no limits to what you can get somone with us. Swimming lessons, aquatic therapy sessions, and more... Just visit our Gift Card page to get yours today!
  • Do you offer make up lessons?
    We aim to keep our classes continuous and consistent for our students, which is why we don't offer make up lessons. If you are going to miss a lesson please do let us know so that the teacher can prepare their lesson accordingly. When you enrol to one of our group classes we hold the spot for you in the class exclusively so all lessons are payable in full and in advance regardless of absences on your part. We keep the groups small with only one class in the pool at a time, to ensure the ideal environment with controlled stimulation conducive to learning. If we have to cancel any classes on our end however, we will compensate you in a way that is fair.
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