All classes are conducted in council owned swimming pools in the Sydney region, ensuring the highest standards are met. For those lessons focused on open water swimming, classes will be conducted both in the pool and at the beach.
Pool equipment is provided! Please ensure that you bring goggles, a swimming cap to wear, sunscreen and water to have poolside. No watches are to be worn in the water.
Please see our Terms & Conditions for more details.
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By registering for a Different Strokes Swimming course you confirm and agree to these terms and conditions and undertakings apply to the activities to be provided to you by Mermaids International Pty Ltd, ABN 91169645845, trading as ‘Different Strokes Swimming’.
Course/ Program Cancellations
We try not to cancel any courses/programs, however, there will be times when we can’t run a course because of a lack of numbers or the weather conditions (outdoor pools).
We only cancel courses/programs if we don’t meet the minimum numbers needed to make it viable. We’ll let you know as soon as possible if a course/program is cancelled and provide other options, or refund your fee in full.
Weather and Pool Conditions
The courses/programs run in wet weather and all year round. However in the case of outdoor pools, electrical storms will force management to close the pool. If the weather is truly too awful to be swimming outdoors, we reserve the right to cancel. Swimming centres, also, reserve the right to close the pool from time to time.
If this is the case we’ll contact you as soon as we know and well in advance, if possible.
Participant Cancellations and Refunds
Due to small numbers attending Different Strokes Swimming courses, there is high demand for places and they often fill up well in advance.
There will be NO refund for participants who cancel their course within 7 days of the commencement of program they are enrolled in. All cancellations must be in writing.
Refunds will not be given for partial attendance, nor will make up lessons be provided.
Refunds will be provided at the completion of the course/program. Different Strokes Swimming reserves the right to cancel any course/program/s. Every effort will be made to give reasonable notice to those enrolled when a program is cancelled. Those enrolled will be given a full refund.
Different Strokes Swimming posts photos, videos, recordings and commentary on a number of social media sites where we have accounts, including Facebook, Twitter, Pininterest, Instagram, as well as our own website. We will not name or tag you in any posts of photos, videos or recordings. We may use this material for promotional and marketing purposes.
During registration for all Different Strokes Swimming courses/programs you’ll be asked to read and accept our Media Consent before you can participate in our courses.
Mermaids International Pty Ltd, ABN 91169645845, trading as ‘Different Strokes Swimming’ of 1A Baltic Street, Newtown, NSW 2042, will collect and store the information you voluntarily provide to enable processing enrolments in courses and programs. This information will be provided relevant staff, instructors and medical professionals where necessary. You consent to these disclosures.
Any information provided by you will be stored on a database that will only be accessed by authorized personnel and is subject to privacy restrictions. The information will only be used for the purpose for which it is collected. Any information provided by you to Different Strokes Swimming can be accessed by you during standard business hours and updated, by writing to us or contacting us on 0428 438 889.
I have been thinking a lot these past few weeks about open water swimming, in particular ocean swimming. I’ve always had a very healthy respect for open water conditions, largely based on my deep-seated fear of the unknown, certain types of “marine life”, and my lack of confidence in surf conditions.