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Nurturing Water Safety from the Start: The Role of TUFF Trays in Teaching Infants

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Establishing a foundation of water safety is a crucial aspect of any child’s early education, particularly in environments where water bodies or pools are a common feature. TUFF Trays, with their adaptability and inviting nature, present an effective method for teaching infants about water safety. Here’s how these versatile tools can be employed to instill the fundamentals of water safety in infants.

Comfort with Water: Baby Steps Towards Safety

The first step towards water safety is making infants comfortable around water. Filling a TUFF Tray with a shallow layer of water provides a controlled and secure environment where infants can touch, pat, and splash under careful supervision. These interactions can help build an early sense of confidence and familiarity with water.

Exploration and Understanding: The Basics of Buoyancy

While infants are too young to grasp complex principles, they can start understanding basic concepts like buoyancy through play. Place floating and sinking toys in a water-filled TUFF Tray. Infants can observe the different behaviors, subtly instilling an understanding of objects’ interaction with water.

Play-Acting Safety Rules: Role-Playing Games

Role-playing is a fun and impactful way of teaching safety rules to infants. Use bath toys or rubber ducks to enact scenarios, demonstrating the need for supervision around water. For example, you could illustrate that the ‘ducky’ always waits for its ‘parent’ before it goes into the water, ingraining the principle that children should never be in or near water without adult supervision.

Demonstrating Safe Water Entry: Guided Play

Infants can be taught the proper way to approach water bodies through guided play. With a TUFF Tray filled with water, you can use a toy to demonstrate how it gently slides or steps into the water, rather than jumping or diving. Although the infants may not fully understand these demonstrations immediately, these repeated visual lessons will help develop a familiarity with safe water practices.

Introducing Rescue Concepts: Early Lifesaving Lessons

Using simple floating toys, you can introduce basic rescue concepts. For instance, show how a toy can “throw” a floatation device (it can be as simple as a small lightweight object) to another that’s “struggling” in the water. It’s a simple yet effective way to introduce the idea of water safety measures.

In Conclusion

While TUFF Trays are no substitute for actual swimming lessons or professional water safety education, they serve as an excellent starting point for introducing water safety concepts to infants. Here’s a great resource for Tuff Tray Ideas Through playful and engaging activities, these trays can be instrumental in familiarizing infants with water and basic safety measures, laying the groundwork for more comprehensive learning as they grow older.

PADI Rescue Diver Course

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PADI Rescue Diver Course
  • Be at least 12 years of age
  • Hold a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver certification (including Junior) or equivalent
  • Hold a current First Aid Certificate (issued within the last 24 months)

When you sign up with us, you will receive a booking confirmation email containing more information and the finer details of your course. You will also receive your PADI eLearning Access Pass email 24-48 hours after your booking has been processed. The theory portion of this course takes place in your own time, working through and completing your PADI eLearning before your course.

The PADI Rescue Diver course prepares you to deal with dive emergencies, minor and major, using a variety of techniques. Through knowledge development and rescue exercises, you learn what to look for and how to respond. During rescue scenarios, you put into practice your knowledge and skills. Topics include:

  • Self rescue
  • Recognizing and managing stress in other divers
  • Emergency management and equipment
  • Rescuing panicked divers
  • Rescuing unresponsive divers

Our Course Cost $799 Included:

  • PADI Rescue Diver Certification Card
  • Statement of Attainment Perform Diver rescues
  • Tanks & Weights
  • Dive Instructor
  • 2 days of Pool and Rescue Training
  • 1 day Boat Dives and Rescues
  • Oxygen Training/AED
If you need your First Aid
I can offer First Aid and Oxygen Courses and well.
First Aid $125
Oxygen $99
Lifeguard Course $360
All those courses are registered with the RTO
I am a certified Trainer and Assessor with Swim AustraliaTM RTO 20948 and Royal Life Savings RTO
If you have any questions. please do not hesitate to contact me.
Kind regards
Annika Grunwald
Anton Stumer Junior Open Water Scuba Diver age 10

Conquer Autism Disorder in early age

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The conquer of curing disorders in early ages.

I am one of the proudest mothers of the world with how my son has developed.
My son has been diagnosed with a high spectrum of autism disorder.
In the past three years, my son got challenged with Father dying on cancer because of the disorder is different, he has high social intelligence. He is too honest, knowing people with who they are, makes him hard to adapt with peers and adults.
My son has problems focusing in school, writing and finishing tasks, even riding a bike not to crash into the next tree, focusing ahead. He wasn’t able aware of the danger surrounding him, like cars etc.
Daily Crossing the road I had to hold his hand for safety reasons, if I didn’t hold his hand, just standing next to me, he would even be aware of me moving over the road, basically just following me is a hassle in the shopping centre.
He just reminds me of a lost duckling in the back of mums cue, not able staying in a group, gets lost all the time and puts himself in danger.
Most Autistic children feel safer underwater, it calms them.
Because of my daughter’s wishes Two years ago I started scuba for kids.
My son is absolutely the underwater scuba pro, from smiling diving past me with a flooded scuba mask and clearing the mask as it would be nothing.

His first danger awareness was Two years ago, with his first dives in the pool.

My pool cleaner has been driving behind me and my students, he reacted in an instant, in the first time Anton realised the danger, he was warning me looking ahead not crashing into the pool cleaner with my scuba tank.
I realised out of first hand, that underwater he is more aware of his surroundings than above.
The next two years I have been on and off diving with him in the pool and just recently achieved his PAPI Junior Open Water Diver. He is the youngest license diver with an age of ten!!
A couple of weeks ago at the shopping centre car park, I walked with my son along to cross the road. I haven’t seen the car coming, and it was my son holding me back to tell me to ,, -watch out for that car’’ mum !
I can see a highly link improvements through scuba, that somehow the child’s brain has developed a link awareness from underwater to above.
This achievement has a bright future for my son. Being to recognise safety and awareness around him, I see no doubt anymore, that he is able to learn to drive a car when he meets the legal age.
Unfortunately, NDIS doesn’t support spectrum high autism order in children. It’s hard for a mother to get the right support with children they are high functioning.
It’s is in my belief it takes a whole town to raise a child, we need to support each other to give our children the best development they need able to conquer life.
My business passion is to give all children the best head start in life. As I do it for mine, I can tell you I do this out of the passion of
Love to improve life, not for making a high income.
I am soo happy I invested in Scuba for kids, it gave my son a brighter future.

Why Swimming should be the first sport for any child

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My job is my passion, my message to you!

I developed the Early Learn to Swim and Survive Program to teach children to learn to swim quicker, to be confident in the water, and to be able to survive. In Germany, I worked as a Lifeguard and due to being a mum with two children, I have experienced how frightened children can be around water. It all takes time to instil confidence. I am absolutely passionate about my mission as a Royal Life Saving Trainer and Swim Coach to give your child a keen awareness of how they can enjoy the water and be safer at the same time.


Most noteworthy swimming is a life skill. In my opinion, swimming should be the first sport a child should learn. The drowning rate in Queensland for under five-year-olds is pretty high because of the Australian lifestyle we live, such as living next to the beach, creeks, rivers, lakes or because of pools in our backyards.


Even more, how beneficial is swimming to a child’s development? The Griffith Institute for Educational Research recently revealed that children who learn to swim from a young age reached many developmental milestones earlier than other children the same age. Some of these milestones included visual-motor skills such as cutting paper, colouring-in and drawing lines and shapes, mathematical-related tasks, literacy and numeracy.


Certainly, Children in Airlie Beach Queensland need to be ready for school at the age of five. They need to be able to concentrate, listen, to be apart of a group, follow directions and rules. Other character building skills such as learning to trust others and losing separation anxiety, learn to have fun with children of the same age, learning to cope with new skills, getting confident with what they are able to do, to learn not to give up – even if it is hard – are important to their development.

Above all milestones are included in our ‘Learn to Swim Program’. This gives your child a better head start for school. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact me, I have over 20 years experience in early childhood sports coaching.

Annika Grunwald

Owner of the Airlie Beach Swim Centre

Learn to Swim in the Whitsundays

Swim Saftey to Survive

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Advice from a qualified Royal Life Saving Trainer

First of all, I am so proud of this little man. He started swimming in Airlie Beach at the end of November and had a Christmas break for two weeks. He learnt to swim and survive in five weeks with our learn to swim ASAP for private lessons.
So many milestones he has managed to achieve with his self-determination. That little grin he gives every time he makes it back to the side of the pool, on his own, is so cute.

Therefore lots of parents are mistaken that when children fall into a pool, turning around is enough to save their lives.
I absolutely disagree, as a Royal Life Savings Trainer and Lifeguard, most drownings of children occur when they fall too far away from the edge and don’t have the ability to stay up long enough.\

Swim and Survive is Vital

Airlie Beach Swim Centre specialises in training our children with many survival techniques that will help reduce these very serious and ever-present risks to our children’s lives. You can see for yourself in the video that the child realises that going onto his/her back and being able to breath is the most important thing. This skill is the first ability we teach before going on to anything else.

Because most children under 5 are like lead sinkers because their head diameter to their body ration is far too big and heavy to tread water. Getting your arms coordinated with side breath and kicks is a tremendous struggle for the first 5 years for more than 80% of children.

If you would like to learn to teach your child to swim and save themselves from situations that can very easily result in their death. I am a Swim Australia Teacher Course Presenter and am always willing to give you advice and tips on how to help with this at no cost

I don’t want to appear to be dramatic, but I can’t emphasise the importance of this enough! Too many kids are losing their lives in situations that can be prevented.

Kind regards
Miss Annie