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Water Safety Message

 

safekidslogoTeaching your child to swim is an important step towards keeping them safe but it may not always be enough. Children should be directly supervised when they swim or play near the water.

When you choose a place for your children to swim, consider one that has a professional lifeguard on duty. If a lifeguard is not available, you or another responsible adult should assume responsibility for supervision.

The staff at theswimschool.us are members of the Safe Kids USA network and we endorse their Water Watcher initiative. Please follow these guidelines:

• Always watch children when they are in or near the water

• When you are watching children, don't be distracted by phone calls, reading, or talking to others

• Watch children even if they know how to swim

• Children who can't swim well should be within your reach and wear life jackets

• Keep a phone near you - use it only to call for help if there is an emergency

• If a child is missing, check the water first

• Wear a Water Watcher Card and follow the printed instructions

water watcherYou can download a Water Watcher card by clicking the card image (left). You can also pick up a copy in our Pro Shop when you register for swim lessons.

 

 

 

Swim Class FAQ's

 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?

Simply stop at the registration desk and notify a staff member that you would like to take a swim break. Simply telling your swim teacher is not proper notice. You may also email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . It is very important to understand that a full calendar month notice is required to avoid additonal billing. This is necessary so that we can effectively fill the vacancy created by your child. For example, if you notify us any time in March, the withdrawal date will be determined to be April 30. To withdraw for April, notice would be due sometime in February.

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.

AGES 4 AND UP

(Supervised Swimmer)

The Beginner courses for ages 4 and up develop confidence and skills as swimmers make the transition from a "Supervised Swimmer" to a "Proficient Swimmer". Upon completion of the Beginner II/III class, they will be confident in their ability to swim without a swimming aid and will exhibit the skills and attitude required to be safe around and in the water. 

BEGINNER I

The Beginner I course is designed for beginner swimmers with no previous swimming experience.

Prerequisites:

Must be at least 4 years old.

Swimming Skills:

None

Final Goals:

Swim 6 meters (20ft.) with windmill arms, get front breath with assistance, and resume windmill arms to destination. Must use arms and legs in forward motion.

BEGINNER II

The Beginner II course is designed for beginner swimmers with formal swim training.

Prerequisites:

Must be at least 4 years old and have completed Beginner I (or equivalent).

Entry Swimming Skills:

Swim 6 meters (20ft.) with windmill arms, get front breath with assistance, and resume windmill arms to destination. Must use arms and legs in forward motion.

Final Goals:

Swim 12 meters (40ft.) with windmill arms, get front breath without assistance, and resume windmill arms to destination. Must use arms and legs in forward motion.

BEGINNER III

The Beginner III course is combined with the Beginner II class but offers a structured method of challenging the advanced swimmer.

Prerequisites:

Must be at least 4 years old and have completed Beginner II (or equivalent).

Entry Swimming Skills:

Swim 12 meters (40ft.) with windmill arms, get front breath without assistance, and resume windmill arms to destination. Must use arms and legs in forward motion.

Final Goals:

Swim 12 meters (40ft.) with windmill arms, and independent side breath.

ADULT DISTANCE SWIMMER

 

atomic manFor most triathletes, swimming is the most challenging component of the competition. Even though it is the shortest part of the race, many competitors leave the water exhausted, hoping to recover during the cycling event. This can be discouraging as most are in great physical condition.

The reason for this is simple ... their technique is wrong!

The Adult Distance Swimmer class is for those individuals who want to gain a competitive edge and complete the swim race confidently. It is also for those who simply want to enjoy the recreational and health benefits of distance swimming.

Skills taught in this class:

• Competitive & distance strokes

• Breathing technique

• Effective kicking

• Sighting

• Drafting

• Stroke rates for varying conditions

• Pacing for a strong finish

 

ADULT SWIM LESSONS

 

Most adults come to us for three reasons. Many are concerned about their safety in the water. They may have had a bad experience as a child or never had the opportunity to learn in a comfortable environment. Others are concerned about their ability to help a child or another person in the event of an emergency. A large number of adults just want to be able to enjoy the water for exercise or adventures like snorkeling on a Caribbean cruise. 

Our certified adult swim instructors are patient, encouraging professionals who are genuinely concerned about you as an individual and your personal swimming goals. You can be swimming before the end of your first lesson! 

ADULT BEGINNER

Our primary goal is for you to feel comfortable and safe. We use flotation, breathing, vision and propulsion aids in class. This means you will not have the fear of sinking and can float at the surface. You will be able to breathe easily without taking in water, move forward with little effort, and you will be able to see. All of this happens in the first class! Before long, you will learn several strokes and will be able to swim confidently. 

ADULT ADVANCED

This course is designed to build on what you learned during the beginner course or the skills you have learned during prior swimming experiences. The focus is to develop several strokes and bilateral breathing technique that will increase your enjoyment of the sport.

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