1What age should my child start swim lessons?
Our swim lessons are available for babies 2 months old and up. No matter what age your child is it is never too late to start swim lessons. Our levels are designed to teach children of all ages and abilities. It´s never too early to learn a life saving skill.
2Why does South Bay Swim School recommend year round swimming lessons for children?
We recommend year round swimming lessons for children because the continuity helps them retain more knowledge for a longer period of time. With the gap created by seasonal swimming lessons, children tend to regress from their swimming skill level, this ultimately results in having to go over taught skills.
3This is our first lesson with South Bay Swim School. What do we do?
After registering at the front desk, please have your child change and use the restroom prior to class. Please do not send a child into the pool without an adult present.
4What should we bring to class?
Your child will need to bring; a swimsuit, sandals, goggles, swim cap, ear plugs, and a towel to class, also shampoo, shower gel or soap.
5Are goggles required?
Goggles are highly recommended as many children have a difficult time putting their face in the water without them. Approximately 60% of one’s balance comes through vision, the use of goggles increases coordination during swimming, also helps young children become comfortable with the water at a faster rate.
6 When is tuition due?
Tuition is due at the time of registration, payment must be received in full before rendering any service. Cash, checks and credit card are accepted.
7What can I do to help my child progress?
Please be considerate and encourage your children. The process of learning to swim is a journey for a child. We give students the time they need to develop the skills they need to progress at their own pace. We also give parents exercises that they can practice at home during bath time.
8What do I do if my child falls in or jumps into the water without the instructor approval?
If your child falls into the water accidentally or purposefully jumps in, stay calm, do not run out and jump into the pool! We do not want to teach our children to go into panic mode. This rarely ever happens but just in case it does South Bay Swim School keeps their class sizes small and the instructor is always at safe distances from your child’s reach.
9My child is not potty trained. What should he/she wear?
If students are not 100% potty trained, they must wear a disposable swim diaper AND a swimsuit or a reusable swim diaper can be purchased from our swim shop
10When will my child be able to swim?
Learning to swim is a process. Just as each child develops at different rates, they also learn to swim at their own pace. It takes time, consistency and repetition. At South Bay Swim School we start with basic skills and build on each skill progressively to work toward mastering each skill.
11What if my child misses a class?
In order to maintain the integrity of our class sizes we offer ONE make up lesson only with medical certificate for every 8 classes. We have found this policy provides the highest quality experience for your child.
12Why do you teach butterfly and breaststroke at such young ages?
It is our philosophy that introducing the fundamentals of all 4 strokes as early as possible helps children develops coordination and confidence in each stroke. Remember, when we introduce new stroke, we start with the foundamentals and build on each stroke from there. We want our students to succeed at swimming all 4 strokes, not just freestyle and backstroke.
13My child is crying; should I stop swim lessons?
It is normal for children to cry during their first lessons. Often they are crying because of separation anxiety from mommy and daddy, a new instructor and a new environment. There is an adaptation period that children go through. We find that it usually takes between 3-4 lessons for a child to settle down into their classes. Your child’s instructor will work on connecting and bonding with your child by giving lots of praises, hugs and positive reinforcement. Give your child time to adjust to a new environment and instructor. They will learn very quickly that this is a fun, safe environment to be at. We ask that mommy and daddy stay strong. Remember that drowning is the leading cause of death between the ages of 6 months and 14 years of age and this is something that is completely preventable with swim lessons at an early age. So you are doing the right thing by putting them into swimming lessons. We will ask parents to cooperate by staying out of sight in extreme cases. We recommend that you do not pull your child out of the pool halfway through their lesson. This will only reinforces the idea that they have something to fear about and makes the next lesson that much more difficult. Stopping lessons all together can be even more detrimental because it allows time for the child’s fears to grow even stronger. We have over 50 years of combined teaching experience and know we will enable your child to get over their fears quickly so that they can settle down in their classes and learn to swim in no time!
14How long will it take my child to learn to swim?
Many variables affect how rapidly your child will learn to swim, such as his age, comfort level in the water or if your child has been exposed to a traumatic event in the water. Some children can learn to swim the length of the pool in a month by going to swim lessons just 2 times per week. Other children take them a bit longer. However, it is important to remember that every child is different and has a different learning curve. We ask that parents look for signs of progression in every lesson.
15How long should my child take lessons? Vacations is over - why should he continue swim lessons?
Once your child begins swim lessons, it is their best interest if they continue for at least a full year. By doing this you ensure a great foundation of swimming and water safety skills through consistency. Not only is your child learning a skill that could save his life, his confidence will grow as he masters new skills. Children that continue with swim program and reach our advanced levels learn to swim all four competitive strokes. The longer you take to put your child in swim lessons the more difficult it will become because of the fear factor.
16What is the best age to begin swim lessons?
There are many benefits of swimming from infancy. Swimming helps in the development and stimulation of a healthier immune system, curiosity, independence, coordination and balance. What else can give an infant such a great workout? Since drowning is the #1 cause of accidental death in children under the age of 3, getting an early start will help in the layers of protection, including fencing your pool at home, locking doors that lead to the pool, and learning CPR for infants. If your sole purpose is to teach your child to swim as quickly as possible, then taking lessons 2 times per week will do it.
17What is the minimum age to start ?
We accept babies as young as two months in our Baby & Me program. Children must be at least 4 years old to enroll in our group lessons.
18What is your scheduling and availability?
We offer our students flexible scheduling in our year-round program. After we assess your child’s needs and your preferred start date, we will check our availability with the instructor to see which best suits your child’s personal needs.
19How many children are in a group lesson?
Until a child is completely independent in the water, group lessons are limited to 6 children per instructor for 4 years and up. Once a child no longer requires assistance to swim across the length of the pool and begins to learn the competitive strokes, class size increases to 10 children per instructor.
20How do I determine my child's swim level?
We provide an in-water assessment for all students on their first class. The instructor who assesses your child will tell you his or her level as soon as the assessment is over.
21What is the temperature of the pool?
Our pool is kept at 90° to 92°F. By keeping the temperature like bathwater, children do not have to adjust to the water when they first get in; learning can begin immediately. Our pool is also completely indoors. This means it is comfortable for your child to swim all year long.
22My child is stuck at a level. Why isn't he progressing?
At the end of lessons our Swim Instructor will take a few minutes to discuss your child’s progress with you. He will let you know what skills your child has excelled at, what areas still need some work and will let you know exactly what the instructor is looking for before he or she moves your child up to the next level.
23Why must my child take a soap shower before getting in the pool?
Oils on the skin bond with water to form chloramine. Chloramine is responsible for the burning eyes and itchy skin most people associate with pool water. Both of these conditions can be greatly reduced, for your child and all the other swimmers in the pool, by simply taking a soap shower before entering the water.
24My child has tubes in his ears. Should I wait to start lessons until they are out?
It is not necessary to put off swim lessons because your child has tubes in her/his ears. Make sure that you inform your child’s instructor on the first day of lessons (and any time you have a substitute or new instructor) that your child has tubes in her/his ears and indicate it on your registration form. We will take the simple precaution of not allowing your child to dive to the bottom of the deep end of the pool where the pressure could force water to go into the ear canal. We also sell a moldable earplug at the front desk to help keep water out of your child’s ears so he is comfortable during their swim lesson..