When will they really learn how to swim? That all depends on how you define swimming. It is not necessarily the ability to swim the crawl stroke–although to many folks, that is swimming. In pre-schoolers it can be very different. Swimming can be described as being able to comfortably move through the water. continue

Will my child be drownproofed after taking swim lessons? There is no such thing as drownproofing. Caution must always be in effect in and around water. Adult supervision and barriers between your child and the pool are your best defense for reducing the risk of an accident. However, swim lessons can only increase the chances of continue

What if my pediatrician says I should wait to start until my child is 4 years old? The American Academy of Pediatrics states that children are not developmentally ready to learn to swim until they are 4 years old. I would agree that this is true in terms of learning the formal strokes: freestyle, backstroke, butterfly and continue

What is the best age to start? We have found the optimal age to start babies is between 8 months and 12 months old. At this age the majority of infants are very comfortable in the water and strong enough to begin learning basic skills. However a window of opportunity for ideal learning still exits up to continue

If we take a break over the winter, will they forget everything? No. But sometimes, children’s swimming abilities can become “rusty” without practice. In our experience, for each month your child is away from lessons or cannot practice, it takes approximately 1 to 2 lessons to return to their previous level. So, if you take a 3 month break continue

What should we bring to the first class?

We provide all of the equipment required for swimming class, kickboards, teaching barbells, goggles (if needed) and learning toys. All you need to bring is:o Swim diaper (if under the age of 3 – regardless of whether student is potty-trained) continue

What if my child cries or doesn’t want to learn to swim? Do not ask your child to make that type of choice. You, as the parent/guardian know what is best (i.e. you don’t ask if they want to go to the doctor, school, etc.) Swimming is a lifesaving skill and a very necessary one. With that in mind, our instructors are trained to deal with even the most fearful swimmer. continue

Does my child need a swim diaper?

All students under the age of 3 are required to wear a swim diaper regardless of whether or not the student is potty-trained.

Should my child eat before a swim lesson? We recommend you do not feed your child or give them milk or juice one hour before their swim lesson. If your child is frightened or cannot hold his or her breath, no eating 2-3 hours before is preferred. Nervous children often swallow lots of air and unfortunately (although we take all precautions to avoid this) continue

What if my child does not like swimming lessons? Swimming, like many activities, generates anxiety in some children. This anxiety may be most evident on the first day or two of lessons. As each week progresses, your child’s anxiety should be less and less evident. That’s why we schedule two or three times a week classes. continue