Swimmers can wear any swimsuit and should bring their own towel. Swimmers who are not potty trained must wear an approved swim diaper. For your convenience, we have swim diapers available at the front desk.
Goggles are not necessary, but we have plenty on hand for swimmers to use.
When lessons begin it is common for some children to cry or complain. Remember this is a new environment with new routines and expectations. Assure your child that you understand they may be uncomfortable but learning to swim is important. If you are confident and reassuring, they will feel secure and adjust quickly to the environment. Rest assured that our teachers and staff members are well trained in helping to calm an anxious or nervous children. Our one-on-one environment allows us to cater to the needs of individuals very effectively.
We believe one-on-one lessons provide the safest learning environment and allow us to build the best swimming foundation for each student. When the child is 5 and swimming independently they can transition to a semi-private lesson, but be aware that you will see a change in pace and progression. It is our recommendation that a swimmer stay in private lessons until their skills indicate that they are ready for a stroke technique class.
Please call and let us know that your child will be out.
Arriving 10 minutes prior to your lesson time will allow students time to sign in at the front desk, use the restroom and prepare to enter the water.
Absolutely. While we cannot allow parents on the pool deck, we encourage parents to watch from our special observation area. Your encouragement and praise before and after the lessons play an important role in helping your child become a confident and secure swimmer.
A lead teacher is a experienced senior teacher that is always on duty in the pool area to assist teachers and students as needed during lessons. The lead teacher is also the facilitator of communication between parents, teachers and management of the Swim Academy. The lead teacher is our extra layer of quality control to insure you and your family have an optimal experience at our school.
Your child's teacher will provide you with feedback at the end of each lesson. However, if you have questions or concerns to address beyond this short interchange, we ask that you direct these first to the deck supervisor. She will be able to efficiently assist you in all matters of communication at the Swim Academy.
There isn't a “one size fits all” answer to this question. In our experience, students progress at different rates in the water much like they do on land. Some children walk at nine months while others accomplish this skill much later. Your child's initial level of comfort in the water, their desire to learn, and their listening skills all influence their rate of progress. Rest assured that our one-on-one format allows your child to progress at the rate that is perfect for each individual.
We do our best to honor teacher requests. However, circumstances beyond our control may prevent us from fulfilling all requests. Rest assured that your child will be matched with an teacher that we feel is best suited to their learning style and skill level.
Those families who are currently registered will have a priority week to register for the following session. Information is posted on the bulletin boards when registration time approaches. You may also sign up to receive emails from us that will remind you of important Swim Academy dates. Priority registration does not guarantee any particular time slot.