It’s important you feel comfortable and confident when making decisions that affect your child’s future.
This is why I want to share my story briefly with you. It’s so you know who I am and where I come from, and so you know I can help your child be confident around water – no matter how much they may be unsure of it now.
My name is Dean Hawkins and I own Deano's Nemos Private Swim School. I help children of all ages grow their water confidence, learn to survive in the water, and ultimately create a love for the water.
This is not something I fell into though. I have not always loved the water myself...
At a young age I was scared to go to swimming lessons and had a number of bad experiences with water.
Once I remember walking near a river with my Dad and saw a puddle on the side of the path so I decided to jump in it to make a splash. Little did I know that this puddle was a massive hole. Instantly I disappeared below the water. Luckily my Dad saw it and reached in to drag me out by my collar... not a good experience.
Even when doing swimming lessons at school I resisted and did not like them. I was with a group of other children, some who were crying, and I spent a lot of time waiting for the instructor. I distinctly remember being left to struggle sometimes when she was distracted by other children, and feeling like I was going to drown.
So it may seem surprising I have ended up being a qualified AUSTSWIM and AUTISM SWIM Approved Instructor. I have always enjoyed working with children and as I learnt to swim and become confident around water, the more I enjoyed it.
Why did you start Deanos Nemos?
After teaching for 4 years I noticed that mainstream swim school environments were not ideal. The children were in a place out of their comfort zone, in an unfamiliar and noisy environment, with other children who were also stressed out. While we were all in there doing our best as instructors, things could be done better by thinking about the child's environment first.
So I asked myself, "How could we do this in a way that reduces the child's stress, teaches them to swim and survive, and instill a lifelong love and confidence around water?
After throwing around some ideas and thinking of the needs of the child, Deano's Nemos Private Swim School was born - swimming lessons taught in an environment which is free from distractions and noises, either in your home pool our at our exclusive indoor heated pool.
You receive such amazing feedback from parents.
What sets your services apart from others?
Your child’s entire being is my #1 Priority.
The key is my 6 Step process to ensure your child is comfortable each lesson and gets the results that you want for them.
Step 1 : Set Up the Best Environment to Learn
Before your child even gets in the water I ensure the environment is pleasant, clean and free of distractions or noises. The idea is to create an environment which is most conducive to learn. Especially for children who are sensory avoiders – I do not want to overload them.
Step 2 : Make your Child Feel Safe
When your child arrives I focus on their emotional state on the day. The first few minutes are always spent connecting with your child to ensure they are comfortable and feel safe. This lays the foundation for the success of the lesson and is critical to getting the most from your child.
To find out steps 3 through to 6 jump over to Deano’s Nemos and check them out!
What do you love most about your job?
I love watching the children thrive in the water and the pure enjoyment on both the parents and children’s faces! Especially when they have tried for so long to get progress from other swim schools to no avail.
I also love it when the children are eagerly wanting to get in the water and hearing about how their new found water confidence is rubbing off in all other areas of their lives!
So if this is something that resonates with you and you would like your child to experience it also, then you can contact me using one of these methods….
Call me on 0478001225
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Further information and Parent Reviews are also available on….
Website - http://homeswimminglessons.com.au/