Frequently Asked Questions
We have highly skilled and trained swim instructors who all have years of experience teaching and working with children of all ages. All swim lessons are private and one on one with an instructor in order to maximize a child’s learning experience in the water. Every student will learn and master the aquatic skills regardless of their: age, learning disability, temperament, or personality type. We customize and design a lesson plan specifically for every child based on their individual skills and learning style. We have many safety protocols in place to ensure water safety during every lesson.
Every child who is 16 months and older will learn a short distance swim with proper breath control. In addition based on a students swimming skills, basic mechanics of various strokes will be fine tuned and practiced throughout the swim secession.
Swimming is a sensorimotor skill that is ingrained into muscle memory, so once it is learned it is never forgotten. However, we do recommend refresher and/or maintenance lessons. This is solely based on each unique child depending on their age, how much they have grown, skill level, confidence and how frequently they were able to practice their aquatic skills after completing the program. Maintenance lessons for those who want their children to continue practicing, strengthening and building on the skills they mastered. Refresher lessons are for those children who have not practiced their swimming skills for some time and who have physically and mentally matured. This 2 week session focuses on adjusting and fine tuning the previous skills that they mastered while building confidence.
Aquatic skills are based on our bodies sensory motor skills and are mastered through a muscle memory process. Repetition and consistency are necessary for these skills to be ingrained in the muscular system. Therefore, it is important for a child to get in the water 4 days a week to learn and practice new aquatic skills.
Studies have shown that a child will learn and retain 98% of the first new information that is presented to them in the first 10 minutes. The retention rate will then drastically decrease every minute thereafter. Therefore, we take full advantage of this time when a child is in the water and encourage them to do their best and work hard to maximize their learning experience. The time frame of the lesson is also in place to ensure a safe, effective lesson. Our core body temperatures is 98 degrees and temperature fatigue sets in relatively quickly despite the fact that lessons are held in heated pools. When our bodies are temperature fatigued, physical fatigue sets in and our bodies are not able to perform proficiently when this occurs.
It takes an average child 6 weeks long to learn and master all of the important life saving aquatic skills. However, every child is different when it comes to age, learning ability, and previously mastered aquatic skills. Therefore, this is a general time frame based on years of experience teaching swim lessons. Some older athletic students may pick up the skills quicker than others, and not require the full 6 weeks of swim lessons; however, this will be determined by your instructor. Furthermore, it may take a child longer than the 6 weeks to master these skills. If this is the case then your instructor will let you know and give you options for more lessons. Instructors will provide you with feedback at the end of every week and inform you of the specific skills that were worked on, skills that were mastered, and what new skills will be introduced for the following lesson.
Every child can learn these skills. It may take some children longer than others and it’s important that you read and follow all the policy’s while your child is in swim lessons in order to support their progression and ensure their success.
The most important reason for enrolling your child in our program is because, swimming is the only sport that can save your child’s life. Drowning is the leading cause of accidental death among children ages 1-14, so you need to give your child the chance to not only learn how to swim, but how to survive. It’s never too late to learn an essential life saving skill and to build confidence that will last a lifetime.
No, there is a non-refundable registration fee of $50 that you pay to secure your child’s swim time slot. The registration fee does not go towards the tuition of swim lessons themselves. Payment for the tuition of swim lessons are due in full upon registration.
No, the parent does not get in the water during the swim lesson. Parents sit comfortably poolside, where they can view the lesson and praise their child during their instruction. Upon request, during the last week of swim lessons a parent, or caregiver is welcome to get in the water and learn how to practice with their child.
The majority of young children will cry for a variety of reasons, but they will NOT be traumatized! Crying is normal and will subside as he/she gains skill and confidence in the water. Those who cry in lessons will still love to play and swim with their parents outside of lessons.