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    Re-Opening For Trade

    It’s been so long!! We have been missing all our amazing Caribeae family so much!! But we are finally seeing some light at the end of the Covid tunnel!!! 🎉🥳

    We have been staying busy cleaning, painting, sorting and planning. We are pretty pumped and keen to get back in the groove.

    From tomorrow, Monday 1st June we will enter Stage 2 easing of restrictions....woohoo!! While we are still a little way off a full return what this means is we can schedule our squad program into sessions of 20 swimmers. We will start sending out new schedules today! Our Covid-19 plan is still in place and all sessions are drop off and pick up only. Spectators cannot be on the premises at this stage.

    Our team will be busy in the office this week prepping for further restriction easing and planning for a more complete restart to our program.

    The Caribeae shop will be open between 10am and 2pm Monday to Friday if you need any new swimwear or accessories. We can be contacted on 49261650 during these times or leave a voice message out of these times if you have any questions or enquires.


    It should also be noted that we are not quite ready to re-open for kids swimming lessons, though we will update you as soon as we can.


    Tuesday 24th March (Please Read)

    Tonight’s update from the Prime Minister announced tougher restrictions to limit the spread of Corona Virus which will come into effect midnight Wednesday 25th March 2020. While the PM acknowledges each State and region is at it’s own stage in this Pandemic battle and some regions are as yet quite unaffected he has stressed the importance of a united front by the entire country in order to fight and succeed in this battle.

    With this in mind, as well as the health and safety of our families, friends and community we have made the decision to shut the doors on our Learn to Swim business as of end of trade on Wednesday afternoon - tomorrow 25th March until this battle is won and we are safe to reopen.
    We will reopen and any lessons owing to your child/children will be held in credit for their return.

    Lessons will run as normal throughout the day tomorrow (Wednesday 25/03/20)

    This decision itself was difficult for us as we take our responsibility to teach swimming very seriously and we would always advise against stopping the learning progress. It goes against everything we believe. I’m sure many of our parents over the years will attest to our staff and teachers guiding them and their children through difficult learning times and advising them to stay strong and keep at it. It would be worth it. And it always was. Always will be. 💙

    My parents, David and Margaret Milburn moved our family to Rockhampton in 1986 to take over a small private swimming centre. I was 12 - the same age my youngest son Koda is now. Koda was 1 week old when he started his learn to swim journey and through much of his preschool learn to swim lessons he and his little buddy Spencer would kick their laps beside one another. Tomorrow (Wednesday) Koda and Spencer were supposed to travel to Brisbane to compete at the Qld School Swimming Championships together. The best of mates who stuck with it when it got a bit tough. I’m sure Spencer’s mum Emma will agree Spencer has never been a fan of backstroke...but he’s a savage Breaststroker 😉 Unfortunately these Championships were cancelled due to this virus and our governments attempt to slow the spread. This is a tough time for not only these boys but for a bunch of their squad mates who were also due to compete. Some of their squad mates would’ve been competing at these championships for the first time. It was super exciting....It has definitely ‘got tough’ but we will stick at it and it will be worth it. 💙

    On behalf of the staff at Caribeae I would like to once again thank Swim Australia and ASCTA for their ongoing support and guidance through these turbulent times. I would also like to thank our wonderful customers and staff for the support and loyalty you guys have demonstrated over the many years and in particular over the last few weeks.

    Please stay safe and healthy and we can’t wait to see you all back once the dust settles.

    Much love

    Rachele, Jodie, Margaret, David and our entire staff.

    Sunday 22nd March

    To our valued customers,

    Caribeae Swimming Academy is operating as normal for now in this ever evolving situation. We are a covered outdoor open air centre. We will continue to provide some normal routine for your child/children for as long as we safely can.

    The PM tonight announced further restrictions to slow the spread of the virus. These restrictions will inevitably include us and most likely enforce our closure for the greater good at some stage but for now we are able to continue as normal.

    We are constantly seeking advice and clarification from ASCTA, the National Hotline and Qld Health Dept Hotline and we will continue to monitor the situation. Should we be advised or directed to close we will do this, and advise our clients via our Facebook page and website (www.caribeae.com).

    Each State and Territory is at their own stage of this pandemic crisis and this is taken in to consideration. We are aware a lot of swim schools in NSW and VIC have closed or will close from tomorrow but this is a clear directive from their respective State Governments. Should we be directed to close we will also do so.

    Social Distancing:
    This is a general guideline, however in cases where an organisation is unable to follow this guideline due to the operation of the business e.g. hairdresser or for safety i.e. swim school, it is permitted to transgress this guideline. It is advised to attempt to follow this guideline where it is safe to do so i.e. with more advanced swimmers who are water safe.

    Ultimately the choice is absolutely yours. If you decide you would prefer your child not swim at this stage please don’t feel obliged. Please call us and we will hold your lesson balance in credit for when you feel safe to return although you will need to phone us to rebook your time/day.

    We have implemented more disinfection and hygiene practices.

    In order for us to maintain best practice in this current situation we ask for your assistance:
    1. If you or your child are unwell with flu like symptoms or a temperature please stay safe and at home.
    2. Please adhere to strict personal hygiene practices and social distancing.
    3. Minimise your time at our centre before and after your swimming session. We love having you all at our centre but for now we ask if you can keep your visit to a minimum.

    We would like to thank ASCTA and Swim Australia for their constant support and advice during this challenging time.

    We would also like to thank all our customers for their ongoing support of our Swimming Centre.

    Please stay safe and healthy everyone.


    Dear Valued Customers,

    Caribeae Swimming Academy is currently operating as normal.

    As we navigate through the unprecedented situation regarding COVID-19, we wanted to connect with you all to outline the current measures we are taking to ensure the health and well-being of our valued customers and team.

    Caribeae already apply strict pool chlorination standards and general hygiene practices that are part of our daily routine, however we have put in place additional steps to ensure we are doing all we can to minimize risk. This includes increased disinfecting of all surfaces, including floors, benches and seating areas, and all equipment. We are also providing access to hospital-grade hand sanitizer in our administration and shop area. It should be noted that the virus does not survive in chlorinated water and therefore cannot be contracted through the water. (https://www.irishtimes.com/news/health/coronavirus-proper-chlorination-stops-water-transmission-hse-advises-1.4197775)

    Caribeae is currently operating as normal (until further advice from Swimming Australia and the Government) however we ask that anyone who is experiencing flu-like symptoms, to stay safe & at home.

    Should we be required to restrict our services or close our centre for any length of time please know we will advise our customers of this and we will hold your unused lessons in credit. We will then advise you when we are able to safely recommence lessons.

    If you are unable to make your lesson due to illness please call our office to make arrangements to reschedule your lesson for a later date.

    If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to contact us on 49261650.

    Can I finish by mentioning how important it is to shop locally and support businesses in your local area. We all need to work together to get through this.

    2017 state championships wrap up

    Congratulations to all our swimmers that competed during the 2017 Queensland State Championships in December. Our swimmers came away with many new PB’s and there were many very impressive performances.

    To start off the week of competition we had relay day.  Caribeae would be represented by swimmers competing in both club division and regional division, and being successful in both. First of all, our 9-10 years’ boys came away with a bronze medal in the 4x50m medley relay in a very strong swim (Team: Kai Williams, Spencer Brown, Koda Milburn and Cooper Love). Though the 9-10 boys did not stop at one, managing to pick up another medal in the 4x50m freestyle relay, all managing to swim under their PB times (Team: Koda Milburn, Kai Williams, Spencer Brown, Peyton Goudie). Across both of the 9-10 girls relays all girls showed confidence and rose to the challenge of their first races at state level, gaining a lot of experience (Team: Charleigh Keogh, Julia Schultz, Hannah Kelly and Maddison Bailey). Leading from the front of the Caribeae relay teams was the Girls 14 and under relay, again with great races from all swimmers (Team: Amber Webber, Carmelita Aldiss, Kourtney Draper and Danielle Schultz <-> Danielle Kennedy).

    Throughout the rest of the week we had a number of our swimmers competing in individual events, their summaries down below in alphabetical order.

    Amber Webber – Amber competed in the 12-year-old girls age division swimming her 200m IM, 100m Butterfly and 100m Freestyle, managing to do PB’s in 2 out of the 3 she competed in, with the 200m IM being the stand out for Amber in an almost 5 second PB.

    Brock Valigura – Brock competed in 5 events throughout the competition week in the 15-year-old boys age group, which included, 100m Butterfly, 100m Breaststroke, 200m Breaststroke, 200m IM and 100m Butterfly. He managed to come away with 4 out of 5 PB’s and a reserve spot in a final, also coming very close to age national qualifying times. Brock also managed to come away with a Bronze medal in the regional relays swimming for CQ.

    Carmelita Aldiss – Towards the end of the week, Carmelita swam her single individual event of 100m Backstroke in the 13-year-old girls age group coming away with a nice PB of over a second.

    Jack Kelly – Jack had a huge program throughout the weak and did not back down from it. He competed in the 200m Freestyle, 200m IM, 100m Butterfly, 200m Backstroke, 800m Freestyle, 200m Butterfly, 100m Freestyle, 400m Freestyle, 400m IM and 100m Backstroke, placing top 10 in 5 of those swims and PB’s across every swim, clocking in over 2 minutes’ worth of PB’s combined. A very good effort from Jack and very well deserved.

    Joseph Milburn – Another large program for one our Caribeae Swimmers was Joe Milburn competing in the 200m Backstroke, 400m IM, 100m Freestyle, 200m Butterfly, 100m Backstroke, 400m Freestyle, 200m Freestyle, 200m IM and 100m Butterfly and managing 6 top ten finishes and a silver medal in the 100m Butterfly at the end of the program. Joe swam in the 15-year-old age group and took a combined 27 seconds off his PBs across all events.  Joe also added 2 more National Qualifying times to his tally.

    All in all, 2017 Queensland State Championships was a massive stepping stone for our swimmers and showed much improvement for everyone that competed, whether individually or in a relay. It is quite exciting to see what the future of this club holds.

    will salmond paralympic dream

    SWIMMING: What started as a form of physical therapy quickly became a passion for Will Salmond.

    The Rocky boy was born with mild cerebral palsy and swimming was part of an extensive physiotherapy program designed to get his limbs moving.

    It was obvious that Will had an affinity with the water and that swimming would become much more than an integral part of his exercise regime.

    Jack Kelly meets champion idols

    SWIMMING: Rockhampton's Jack Kelly first got a feel for the water as a baby at learn-to-swim classes.

    In his formative years he continued to spend countless hours in the pool but it was about three years ago that he decided to start swimming competitively with Caribeae.

    "I was playing other sports and I thought I would give swimming a go as well,” the 12-year-old explains.

    "At first I wasn't too good at it but I started training and became better at it.”

    December 2017 Interviews, Following State Championships and Pacific School Games