Frequently Asked Questions
How is your program different from Baby & Me classes?
We are conquering the "What-If" scenario, meaning that what should happen when there is " Baby and NOT me" in the water. Classes in which babies are taught to swim to mommy are fun, but in our opinion may send the wrong message. Making your child comfortable in and around water while not teaching them to float or swim on their own seems to be the worst of both worlds. The same applies to floatation devices: It causes children to develop a false sense of security in the water. Children who learn proper breath breath control (not blowing bubbles), the survival roll and back float, have both, a healthy respect of water and love for swimming.
Will children retain their skills?
Experience indicates that there is an extremely high retention rate one year after completing the lessons. Upon completion of private lessons, children 12 months of age and older who continue swimming once a week in our group lessons seldom require additional private lessons. In addition, continuing to swim on a regular basis under our supervision enhances skills and allows children to complete the process of becoming safe and skilled recreational swimmers. For those unable to attend weekly group classes, update lessons every 6 months or so are strongly recommended due to the vast changes in bodily growth and development that babies and young children undergo.
Why are lessons so short?
Our lessons are short because the lessons are individualized, with only one child in the water at a time. I am able to devote my undivided attention to each child, develop a trusting relationship, which leads to success in learning aquatic skills. We may have playtime after the lesson, but the entire lesson is devoted to learning new skills, or mastering acquired skills. The lessons are quite physically demanding, because children are swimming non-stop, and do tire out very quickly. You will see this when you come to observe. In addition, because babies and young children have short attention spans, 10-15 minutes is the ideal time to teach new skills to them. Each lesson progresses into the next one, so that by the end of each week, our students have truly progressed. By the end of 6 weeks, they can swim-float-swim fully clothed and are capable of surviving an accidental encounter with the water.
Why do your programs seem to be much more expensive than other swim schools?
It actually is not. Keep in mind, that you are buying private lessons for your child. Instead of your child being one of many depending on the student / teacher ratio, our Infant-Survival- and Kinderswim program is one-on-one with your child and the teacher being the only ones in the water. Not just does your child get our undivided attention, the result of that type of training is that in 4 - 6 weeks from now, your child has a fighting chance to survive an aquatic accident. We encourage you to shop around, but compare results as much as pricing.