What should I expect to see throughout the week?
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Classes can still go on if it's raining lightly. After all, we are already wet! Classes will be rescheduled or truncated immediately if thunder and/or lightning is heard or seen or if it is raining heavily. This time can be made up on a different day, or added on to another lesson. If you see poor weather approaching your area, please let your instructor know prior to class as they may not be in the same area as you at that time.
Our program is designed to teach the basics of swimming and a safety skill, appropriate to the child's age, in about 5-10 swimming days. Since each child has different experience and comfort levels, your instructor will be able to give you a better idea of what to expect after the first day's assessment. Some beginners may need 2 weeks of instruction to be comfortable with the fundamentals of swimming.
When is payment due?
Other than their favorite bathing suit and a smile, please make sure your child has gone to the restroom prior to class starting. Long hair should be tied back so that it isn't a distraction (this goes for boys, too!). Let any food, snacks, or dairy drinks settle an hour before class begins. A swim cap and/or ear plugs are fine, but goggles are not recommended for beginners. If your child has a favorite pool toy, that can be used during the last few minutes of class. Very small children should wear a swim diaper. Sunscreen, applied 30 minutes prior to class, is recommended for everyone!
"Water-safe" means that your child has the ability to propel him/herself to the wall if they were to accidentally enter or fall into the pool.
Parents or guardians are always welcome to observe class from a location where the children cannot see them. It is our experience that children are much more focused and learn more effectively when they cannot see the parents or guardians nearby. Also, it helps to build a trusting relationship between the child and the instructor. During the last 5 minutes of each class, we will call the parent or guardian out to come watch what we have been working on.
Please don't! Floaties provide a false sense of security for both parents and children and they actually hinder a child's progress to learning how to swim correctly.
How long will it take for my child to learn how to swim?
What does "water-safe" mean?
Will you be teaching my child how to float?
Payment is due on the first day of class along with a downloaded and completed registration form. Checks can be made payable to "Pisces Swim School." You may download the registration form here:
What does my child need for class?
Each day, your child should be becoming more comfortable with the water and with your instructor. New skills are introduced in such a way that children are not bored or overwhelmed. It is our experience that parents are amazed with the progress their child has made in just 5 days of swimming!
Will my child still need supervision in the pool after taking lessons?
How should I expect my child to act?
Should I put arm floaties on my child?
Can I be in or beside the pool during the lesson?
How can I prepare my home pool for swimming lessons?
These are treats that are given to your child at the end of every class. Usually, our instructors give out lollipops, fruit snacks, or stickers. Please let us know ahead of time if you would prefer for your child not to have this.
What is "fishy food"?
Please make sure your pool is clean and not over/under-chlorinated. The water level should be high enough that your child can reach the wall from inside the pool (approx. 2-3" from the border). Cold pools are very distracting for children, so please make sure the heater is turned on if the water is less than 82 degrees.
How can I continue to practice swimming with my child?
What if it's raining?
This skill is not typically part of our program because it is not an effective swimming or safety skill. However, we can discuss this on a case-by-case basis, if requested.
Absolutely! Just because your child is "water-safe" does not mean that they are ready for the Olympics! Please ALWAYS supervise your child when they are swimming.
Your instructor will begin with a brief warm-up to get your child acclimated to the water and then approximately 20 minutes of skill-building time will follow. During the last 5 minutes of each class, the parent or guardian is asked to come watch what we have been working on. Smiles, high-fives, and words of encouragement are given throughout the lesson and "fishy food" is given at the end. Please let your instructor know ahead of time if you would prefer for your child not to have this.
On the last day of class, for the last 10 minutes of the lesson, your instructor will ask the parent or guardian to join them in the pool. During this time, your instructor will demonstrate how to continue practicing the skills learned throughout the week and what to expect in the future regarding technique development.
How are the classes formatted?
Every child is unique and has varying levels of experience and confidence when it comes to swimming. Some children are not afraid of the water because they have been exposed to it and some are extremely fearful because they have little to no experience in the pool. Some children are also afraid due to a non-constructive prior experience. Our instructors are fully-trained to handle all of these situations without frightening or traumatizing your child. Rest assured that we have seen it all!