Frequently Asked Questions
Hoping to answer many of your questions, if you still have questions please do not hesitate to use the contact form.
Why does your program seem to cost more than other swim programs?
Remember that your child is getting one on one private lessons with the same instructor daily. If your child was enrolled in a program with morre than 2-3 children in the group for a 30-45 minute lesson they would only receive approximately 10 minutes of one on one instruction about 1-2 days per week. The individualized lessons allow the instructor to maintain focus on your child at each and every lesson allowing your child to retain more information. At the end of 4-5 weeks (instead of months or sometimes years) your child will be a step above the rest.
Why just 15 minutes?
First and foremost 10-15 minutes is the average attention span for a young child. If the child is older and more developed a short playtime may be allowed at the end of lessons (usually Thursdays). Repetition is the key to your child learning the skills needed and they will be swimming non-stop which means they will also tire quicker. By the end of 4-5 weeks (depending on where your child is developmentally) they will be able to swim float swim fully clothed.
Please arrive at least 10 minutes before your scheduled time slot to get your child ready without having to rush them and be sure they have used the restroom before, I realize that some children are being potty trained or are newly potty trained and will definitely take that into account during lessons.
What do I bring to lessons?
Please bring at least two towels and a change of clothes. When your child's lesson is done for the day they are tired and laying on a towel helps them to relax before getting changed. Children that are NOT potty trained should wear a snug reusable swim diaper, please visit Diapers.com or iPlay; you may also find some that are built into the swim suit.
Is there a special diet?
Please do not feed your child at least 2 hours prior to their lesson if they are less than 30 months old. Many foods and milk products take several hours to digest. Exception: breast milk may be given an hour before but all children swallow a lot of air and possibly water during their lesson so by abiding by these rules you can help alleviate any vomiting that could occur. Vomiting and burping can happen though at any time regardless of their last meal but controlling their feedings will help greatly.
What if my child cries?
Occassionally children will cry during their inital lessons or when they first get in the water. This is their first reaction because of the hard work associated with the lessons. Please do not be alarmed by this and know that they do not usually have any other way of communicating with us. Most often, once your child realizes that they have mastered a skill they tend to become very comfortable in the water.
This is most likely one of the first times your child is being taught something they can't "practice" all the time (i.e. sitting up, walking, eating on their own, etc) so know that just because a few tears were shed that this is just another skill to add to the list! Also as a parent on the sidelines its important for you to be excited for them but to also just sit back and watch, whether that means talking to other parents or clapping for them when they achieve a skill, this is a time for your child to connect with others and know that all of their hard work is paying off and that you are proud of them (just signing your child up is a huge step for you as parents, so congratulations!) Please do not start your child in this program unless you fully intend on completing it. If you end your child's lessons early in the program one of the first things your child will remember about the water is the lack of self-confidence in and around water. I have worked with many children who have a fear of water and do not want to put them in a situation that they could be pulled out of. Please make sure this is the program for you before you register.
What if my child misses a lesson due to illness, vacation, or weather?
Consistency regarding attendance is an important part of these lessons. Make up lessons will be made available based on time slot availability. If you know your family is going to be out of town for an extended period of time please plan accordingly. If your child is going to be out sick you must text or call at least 3 hours prior to their lesson time each day they are out sick, it cannot be assumed that because your child was sick one day that they will still be sick the next, or the next, or the next.
If you know your child will be unable to attend at their scheduled time, 3 hours notice is required and if you would like another time slot on that day the instructor will do their best to reschedule them. If lessons are cancelled due to weather (thunder, lightning, too cold) the instructor will take care of contacting all parents for a makeup time/date. Please note that rain is not a reason for cancelling or missing a lesson, thunder and lightning are, but in Central Florida it could be storming where you are but perfectly fine at the pool.
What will my child learn in 4-5 weeks?
Infants 6-12 months can learn to swim and roll to a float. Floating helps them to relax and breathe, developmentally they are not capable of turning their heads to breathe this is the next possible option. Every child is different and tend to learn at different paces, some may also learn to kick themselves a short distance especially towards a target (i.e. step, wall, parent, etc)
Older children 12 months-4 are able to learn the swim float swim sequence. In other words a child will swim until they need a breathe, roll to their back for a short period to rest, then roll onto their front to continue swimming and repeating the pattern until they get to their destination.
Children 3 1/2 and older will begin stroke work along with the swim float swim sequence but know that this is completely developmental and not all children will get the hang of it in this shorter time frame.
During your child's last week of lessons we will do a "clothes check" which will have your child performing their skills fully clothed as if they fell in the water in an accident situation.
What happens after my child completes Basic Training?
It is encouraged that your child attend Maintenance lessons 1-2 times per week to retain and build upon their skills. This is especially important during the warmer months when your child may be swimming/playing differently than how they learned, by having them attend 1-2 times per week this encourages them to use their skills. If your child is old enough group stroke lessons may be the next step.
For children under 2 it is especially important that they continue to attend as they will outgrow their skills much faster than an older child might. Your child grows so rapidly during the first few years their center of gravity tends to shift which could affect their ability to float comfortably.