How long will it take for my child to learn to swim?
As much as we would like there to be, there is no simple answer to this question. Every child is different and they learn at their own pace. For this reason, we keep our student to instructor ratio low. Each child in the beginner class receives personal attention and can progress based on their own abilities. Perhaps the best analogy is learning to play piano. Would you be satisfied if your child only learned to play "chopsticks"? If so, the progress will be very fast. If you want your child to remain enthusiastic and learn to play popular and then classical compositions, the learning process will take longer. We encourage you to view swimming instruction as a valuable exercise, and body conditioning process, and allow your child to progress to the advanced swimmer level.
How many swimmers will be in my child's class?
We believe that children should not be just a "number" sitting on the side of the pool with eight or ten others. Our staff will get to know your child and their personal abilities. We schedule only 4 students per instructor in the beginner and intermediate classes. Advanced classes may have as many as 6. Our swimmers spend class time in the water learning, not waiting for their turn.
Why does my child need swim goggles?
Swim goggles help to speed up the learning process. They make the swimming experience more comfortable and enjoyable. Without goggles, it may require many more lessons before a child will place their face in the water. They also help to eliminate eye irritation which can be caused by chlorine and pool chemicals. It helps to build confidence and children actually take pride in having their own sporting equipment. Please consult our swim staff before purchasing goggles for your child. They must seal properly and be easy to remove, replace, and adjust.
Can my 2 - 3 year old enroll in group swim lessons?
Children who are younger than 3 generally do not have the muscle development and motor skills necessary to make the expected progress in the Beginner group class. In addition, separation from parents sometimes causes a child to feel anxious. Early admission to the Beginner class may be available for children who have participated in the Baby & Me program or have exceptional water skills. Please contact us to discuss early admission.
What happens if my child misses class due to an illness or family vacation?
We make every effort to promote and support family values and activities. Swim tuition is based on a four week month. During the year, there are five months that have five weeks and, therefore, extra lessons. We do not schedule make-ups for missed lessons. There are "make-ups" built into the program. For children who do not miss, these lessons are a "perfect attendance" bonus.
I have a 14 year old beginner who does not want to be in class with 4 year olds, what can I do?
Adult Swim classes are offered for mature students who want to learn to swim.
I am not sure if my child is ready for group class. How can I be sure before enrolling?
We offer "Swim Evaluation" where we place the student in a group environment to see how they interact. If they will take directions, stay where they are asked to stay, and observe safety rules for themselves and others, we can accept them in group class. If they do not pay attention, cry in the group setting, or act in an unsafe manner, we will discuss the best course of action. The cost for this evaluation is $20 which may be applied to your annual registration fee.
Swim tuition is charged on a monthly basis. What happens if I join after the first of the month?
Simply pay the annual registration fee and the first month tuition will be prorated based on the actual number of lessons remaining in the enrollment month.
Swim tuition is billed automatically each month. How do I withdraw from class if my child would like to take a break?
My child frequently experiences "swimmer's ear". What can I do to prevent this?
"Swimmer's Ear" is an extenal ear infection that is common in children and adults. Nothing can put an end to fun in the water as quickly as pain in the ears. The bacterium most commonly associated with this infection is found everywhere including soil, water, on plants, and many common surfaces. It is described as being "ubiquitous" which means "everywhere at once". The key to preventing the infection is to understand what causes the loss of the ear's natural defense. We have gathered information and summarized it in an article on our Downloads page.