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FAQ

  • When is a good time to start swim lessons?
    Enrolling your child in swim lessons as young as 6 months old can help them acclimate to water before fear sets in. This early acclimation will encourage them not to fear swimming as learning to coordinate their body in the water will be a new challenge!
  • How many lessons should I take and for how long/often?
    There's no universal answer to how long it can take to learn to swim. Everyone learns at a different pace and there are different goals for each stage of development. Furthermore, some may define learning to swim as "water safety" while others envision "stroke development". Here are some general guidelines and developmental notes: -For younger children, at least 2 lessons per week no longer than 45 minutes is recommended. Infants-toddlers: Infants (between six and twelve months) can learn to hold their breath long enough to buy a parent a few valuable extra seconds in the case of an accidental water entry. By nineteen months, a toddler can learn to swim to the side of the pool or steps, and by twenty-four months, the swimming can be executed with ease if you've kept up frequent swim lessons. Children: It takes most 3-5-year-old students 20 to 30 lessons to swim well enough to get across a small pool (~15 feet wide) and perform basic safety swimming skills. For a 6-9-year-old, it usually takes anywhere from eight to 20 lessons. Formal Strokes: Learning to swim formal strokes, such as freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly, sidestroke, and elementary backstroke can take longer, depending on the child's age. Formal strokes are complex skills that require more coordination than a paddling stroke or underwater swim with a pop-up or rollover breath.
  • Can I get swim lessons as an adult?
    It is never too late to learn to swim and move in the water. Lessons will be focused on your specific goals and can target water safety for increased confidence, general fitness, endurance and stroke development.
  • When can I submerge my baby under water?
    It is important to make sure your baby can hold their breath prior to submerging them under the water. Dunking without conditioning, especially straight down, can cause babies to get water into their nose and mouth. This may lead to a stinging sensation, coughing, and future fears of going under water.
  • What happens if a student is afraid of the water?
    Being afraid of the water can make learning to swim a little more difficult, but is is no reason to avoid swim lessons entirely. The instructor will start by discussing the student or parents' concerns in a calm and non-judgmental way. To demystify the water, the instructor may also explain the properties of buoyancy and how they work to help keep a swimmer afloat, especially alongside supervision, equipment and hands-on assistance. The swimmer will always set the pace with new challenges, this sort of thing can't be rushed!
  • What do I need for swim lessons?
    -A good fitting suit -Swim diaper -Hair tie or clips for bangs -Swim cap: not essential for lessons targeting learn to swim. This will become more important with competitive swimming and stroke development and can also be used as a tool for maintaining moisture and preventing damage to hair. -Goggles
  • How do I prevent damage from chlorine and the sun?
    Chlorine can remove all of the natural oils from your hair and skin, leaving them dry, rough and damaged. You can prevent damage by showering/rinsing off before and immediately after swimming. Your hair acts as a sponge for chlorine, so it may be a good idea to wet your hair first or look into wearing a swim cap with leave-in conditioner in your hair. Use a wide-toothed comb with detangler to brush your hair after getting out of the pool to avoid further damage. Finally, look into purchasing a clarifying shampoo for your showers. Hyrdration, hydration, hydration for the skin and face! And don't forget your sunscreen.
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