FAQS

JOINING THE CHALLENGE

How do I sign up?

Go to https://www.lapsforlife.com.au/ or alternatively, go to https://www.lapsforlife.com.au/ and click 'Sign Up'.

How do I create a team?

Once you’ve registered your own profile, you’ll see an option to create a team. At any stage after you’ve signed up, you’re able to create a team from within your dashboard.

How do I refer a friend?

Send your friend to https://www.lapsforlife.com.au/register or alternatively, https://www.lapsforlife.com.au and ask them to click ‘Sign Up’.

How do I join a team?

If the team is locked, you need to be invited by the team captain. Otherwise, you can search for teams during the sign-up process.

How do I get friends, family or colleagues on board?

Send out emails or put up posters around the office to encourage your friends and colleagues to support you. Download templates here to help your fundraising.

Hey! I’m running late. Can I still join?

For sure. You can challenge yourself anytime throughout March.

Can I get my local pool buddies or swim squad involved?

Absolutely, the more the merrier! If you have something in particular in mind or questions email swim@reachout.com and we can support you.

YOUR FUNDRAISING PAGE

How do I edit my fundraising page?

Click ‘Login’ in the top right-hand corner, which will allow you to access your dashboard and make any changes you need to.

How do I share my fundraising page?

Once you’re logged in, visit https://www.lapsforlife.com.au/login/emails to access sharing tools, including social media buttons and emails.

How do I ask for donations?

We have lots of fundraising tips which you can find under ‘Fundraising’ on the lapsforlife.com.au website. You'll also find ways to share your profile - including template emails - when you log in to your dashboard.

How do I get my fundraising to you?

All online donations automatically come to us so there’s no need to do anything. If you have cash that you would like to bank offline, please email swim@reachout.com and they can advise you how to do this.

DONATIONS

Are donations to Laps for Life tax-deductible?

If your donation is made in Australia and is over $2, then it is tax deductible. When you donate, an email which will contain a receipt as proof of your donation to us will be sent to you.

How do I find one of my friends to donate to them?

Go to https://www.lapsforlife.com.au and look for the search box – enter their name, and if they’re already signed up, you will be able to see them and make a donation. Alternatively click on the 'donate' button on the lapsforlife.com.au website, search for your friend, click on their page then make a donation.

REWARDS

I’ve qualified for a reward but I haven’t received it yet?

ReachOut relies on volunteers to help send out your goodies and we endeavour to get this out as quickly as possible to you, but sometimes it may take up to four weeks to get it to you. Swimming caps will be sent as soon as possible when you register, as will the goggles and towels when you qualify for these rewards. The highest fundraiser rewards will be sent out in April 2019.

Where can I take part in Laps For Life?

Take part in the swimming challenge in your own time, at your local pool, in the ocean, basically anywhere you like. We understand the importance of fitting the challenge around your day to day life. So what works for you? Same venue all month, or mixing it up to keep it interesting? It’s your challenge so your way is the right way!

If you’re not in a regular sized pool, remember to adjust the distance calculation for your challenge.

What if I can’t swim?

Maybe a swim challenge is not for you. We would advise that it’s your responsibility to ensure your health and safety if you participate in Laps For Life. If you can’t swim, perhaps you could challenge yourself to learn this March - we would ask that you please consult with a swimming professional, perhaps at your local pool who can better advise you on how to ensure your safety and swim within your capability.

How should I prepare for Laps for Life?

Regardless of how great a swimmer you are, we suggest taking some time once you’ve registered to plan how you are going to complete the challenge. You'll enjoy the challenge more, and feel great, if you pick a distance that's both a challenge and achievable! Frequency is just as important as distance from a wellbeing perspective.

Our top tips are:

  • Set realistic goals. Laps for Life is set over the month of March as the frequency of swimming sessions is just as important as the distance. 10–12 swim sessions in a month will give you wellbeing benefits without causing burn-out. Perhaps, build up the number of laps in each session as the month progresses and your stamina improves!

  • Use Laps for Life to perfect your technique! Whether freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke or butterfly is your choice spend some time in the pool brushing up on your strokes. If you need supports such as kick boards, floaties, etc. – go for your life – there are no rules stopping you using these in Laps for Life. Get in and have some fun. Any stroke will do!

  • Get a swim buddy involved to keep you motivated through the month. There are going to be days when it feels hard and committing to each other means you’re less likely to skip out on a session.

How often do I need to swim?

We recommend 10–12 sessions in March, but the short answer is as often as you need to hit your goal. Set a goal that won’t burn you out. Use our lap calculator to help you work out how often (and how much) you need to swim to reach your goal.

What if I’ve set my goal too high and I can't reach the goal before the end of the challenge?

Either lower your goal to a more achievable target on your fundraising page or continue to swim beyond March until you reach your target.

ANY OTHER QUESTIONS

I still don't have the answer I need.

If you still don’t have the answers you need and would like to be in touch, email us at swim@reachout.com.