Frequently Asked Questions
Why are the Semi-Private/Private classes 20 minutes?
- Our lessons are designed to maximize the typical amount of time that young children are able to focus on instruction. We have found that longer instruction sessions result in repetitive practice of skills that are better honed with time and with the child’s development. We encourage students to take advantage of play time before and after each lesson so they have more exposure to the water.
- The 20 minute lesson time also allows us to keep the classes small (1 or 2 students,) creating the safest environment possible. Students in a larger group class end up having a longer wait time between turns, increasing the chance of accidents, kids getting cold, and kids losing focus.
How many lessons will it take for my child to swim?
- It depends. What is your definition of swimming? For some it is defined by a child who can independently navigate across a pool. For others, they must be swimming freestyle, and maybe the other 3 competitive strokes. The answer depends on whether you are looking for your child to be independently playing in the pool, or you want them swim team ready.
- Every lesson is tailored to meet your child’s specific needs. We consider their age, level of development, all degrees and facets of fears, or lack of fear. The average toddler or pre-school aged child can learn to be independent in the pool in 32 lessons or about 8 months. This is based on the desire for your child to enjoy swimming and retain life long skills.
When are Semi-Private Classes Available?
Our Semi-Private classes run continuously all hours of every day that we are open. Click Here to see our hours of operation. We prefer to ask you for your availability and find an opening based on your schedule. We will carefully place your child either alone in a class or with a child of similar age and ability. This is why we are not able to let you choose you class online.
Do I Get in the Water with my Child?
It is not customary or necessary for a parent to be in the water for the lessons. The child will generally choose to be with the parent instead of the instructor, and this prolongs the time it takes for the instructor to establish trust with them. This trust and the bond between teacher and student is important in the student’s progress.
What Age is Appropriate for Semi-Private Lessons?
We have had some children start Semi-Private classes as early as 9 months old, skipping Parent & Me classes all together. Ideally, 18 to 24 months is the best time to start. Generally this class is appropriate for kids up to 13 years old.
How does your scheduling work? If I start lessons, will it be the same day each week or will it vary?
When you are offered a swim time with us, that becomes your weekly reserved time with the same instructor.
What happens if I miss a lesson?
If you miss a lesson, you will still be charged for it, however you will accrue a make-up lesson that can be used at a later date. Make-up lessons are good through the end of the year, and can be scheduled up to one week in advance on any day or time OUTSIDE of your normal lesson time.
What happens if I need to cancel a make-up lesson?
If you need to cancel a make-up lesson, please call us at least the day before so we can remove you from the schedule. This way you will avoid the make-up lesson fee. If you cancel the day of or do not show for the lesson, you will be required to pay a $5 fee.
Do I need to call you in advance if I need to miss a lesson?
We understand life can be busy and chaotic, so advance notice of absences is always appreciated, but not always necessary!
Do you offer open swim times?
Because we are running lessons at all times through the day, we do not offer open swim at this time.
What is the difference between the Stroke Clinic and Junior Stroke Clinic?
Junior Stroke Clinic is designed for our youngest swimmers who have advanced swimming ability or school aged students who are ready for a group class. Class focuses on stroke refinement, endurance and speed. The regular Stroke Clinic is designed for school aged swimmers who have advanced swimming ability, knowledge of all four strokes, and/or swim competitively.
What sort of adult classes do you offer?
Currently, we offer adult group lessons and arthritis exercise classes at our Foothill Ranch facility.
|Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday|
|7:30 pm – 8:30 pm|
|Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday||7:30 pm – 8:30 pm|
|Monday||Tuesday & Thursday||Friday|
|1:00 pm – 2:00 pm||1:30 pm – 2:30 pm||12:00 pm – 1:00 pm|
|Monday||1:00 pm -2:00 pm|
|Tuesday & Thursday||1:30 pm – 2:30 pm|
|Friday||12:00 pm – 1:00 pm|