IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM CARLILE SWIMMING
Updated 8th May 2020
Dear Carlile Families,
We all find ourselves another fortnight along this new journey and we sincerely hope you are all keeping safe and well.
We have received a number of enquiries about our re-opening and we are thrilled to see so many parents and kids are excited about starting swimming lessons again. As we mentioned in the last Carlile Families email, we are working towards the opening of our swim schools as soon as possible. However, we do not want to jeopardise the health and safety of our staff and our loyal families. Please rest assured, we will take our time to make the best decision for everyone before we confirm a date.
We are closely monitoring the Federal and State Government announcements regarding the easing of social restrictions, as well as the resumption of normal school hours and community sport. As we become clearer on these guidelines, we will make a decision on our re-opening and will communicate this to you as soon as we are able.
In the meantime, we are preparing our pools for our eventual re-opening by ensuring we provide a safe environment for everyone. Some measures we’re considering are: the use of hand sanitiser at all our pools; the implementation of social distancing guidelines; limiting spectator attendance to one parent/carer per child; potential drop-off and pick-up systems for older children; separate entry and exit areas, where available; relevant health and safety signage; and the safety of grandparents’ attendance at lessons. As yet, no formal decisions have been made and our protocols will be determined by the Government guidelines.
So, as you can see, we are busy preparing and we can’t wait to see all our Carlile kids back in the pools soon.
With Mother’s Day this Sunday, we wanted to take the time to wish all our lovely Carlile mums a Happy Mother’s Day. We hope you are spoiled by your loved ones and treated to some rest and relaxation over the weekend.
We’d like to share with you a short video from the Carlile team for Mother’s Day.
We’ve also prepared some colouring-in for the kids to help celebrate this Mother’s Day. Click here to download the sheets.
Carlile’s Award Winning Training Programs
We know that many of you believe our teachers and coaches are some of the best around. And we happen to agree. So, we thought this week we’d give you a brief rundown of how we train them to be such incredible assets, not only to your children, but to Carlile as well.
Our people are like family. As soon as they begin their training, they become part of the family and this continues through to their work as swim teachers, coaches, supervisors and in customer service. Our people work hard to make your experience a valuable and enjoyable one, and we support them by training them well.
Why is our training so effective? Because we have a structured and proven system of both theoretical and practical training, and an ongoing professional development program that ensures our people are always learning and improving. These methods have been developed over many years, and they work.
Carrying on from Forbes and Ursula Carlile’s approach to excellence, our methods have always been at the cutting edge. We are committed to researching the best practices and innovating our methods as we learn from experience. That professional drive to improve is applied in the swim schools every day.
At Carlile, we are serious about training! Just as we have rigorous swim programs that teach your kids to swim well, we also have award winning training programs that teach our people to deliver quality swimming lessons, every time.
We follow a systemised approach that initially involves over thirty hours of online modules, theory training and face-to-face, in-pool training.
At Carlile, we don’t believe that just theoretical training is enough. Before our teachers can provide your kids with their swimming lessons, they must complete the face-to-face component of their training, ensuring they are fully competent to teach your child right from the start.
Our award winning training programs have been recognised many times across the industry as best practice and we are proud of this achievement.
Nationally recognised training
By completing both our theoretical and practical training, our teachers and coaches complete a course that doesn’t just satisfy the nationally recognised qualifications, it exceeds them. This means our teachers are prepared above and beyond what is expected at a national level.
We never stop learning. Each year our people attend regular development sessions, which means some staff complete more than 20 hours of additional training every year. We also send team members to national and international forums to stay current on the latest research and best practice approaches.
We hope by better understanding the rigorous training our people receive, it gives you the added confidence to know how well prepared they are to teach your kids to swim well.
Forbes and Ursula Carlile with Sally Lockyer and Jenny Turrall
With Mother’s Day being the theme this week, we would like to honour the mother of Carlile Swimming – Ursula Carlile. Her dedication and commitment to the development of swimming, both in Australia and internationally, has led her to be admired by many.
With her husband Forbes Carlile, she formed one of the most successful coaching partnerships Australia has ever seen. The pair pioneered revolutionary techniques including circle swimming, pace clocks, training logbooks, lane ropes, goggles, interval training and heart rate monitoring.
However, she was also a force on her own, becoming Australia’s first female Olympic coach on the 1972 team to Munich, where she coached alongside Don Talbot. It was at the Munich games where Ursula coached 15-year-old Shane Gould who won five medals, three of them gold, with Gould going on to hold every freestyle world record from the 50m through to the 1500m, simultaneously.
Ursula went on to coach at the 1974 Commonwealth Games in New Zealand and the 1975 World Championships in Columbia.
Ursula Carlile coaching members of the Chinese Swim Team
Ursula was the first female to be honoured with Life Membership of the Australian Swimming Coaches and Teachers Association, while also being honoured with Life Membership of Swimming Australia in 2011. Last week, she was also due to be inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame, however, the ceremony has now been postponed until later in the year.
We are proud to have Ursula still serving on the Board of Carlile Swimming, continuing to oversee the success and legacy both she and Forbes created.
Ursula Carlile with members of the Ryde Carlile Swimming Club
While Ursula was a formidable coach, she is also a caring and wonderful lady. This quote from her still inspires the values that underpin Carlile Swimming today.
“Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care.”
Please join us in wishing Ursula a Happy Mother’s Day, from all the Carlile families.
Once again, thank you for your loyalty to Carlile Swimming and we sincerely look forward to seeing you all again soon.
Stay safe and healthy,
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