lessons? Aren’t private lessons better for my
We believe that small group lessons are a more effective
and fun way for most children to learn to swim. We have
found that over the long term, private lessons are not
as enjoyable for a child. Private lessons make it more
challenging for an instructor to hold the attention
and focus of the child on the material of the class,
which increases the possibility that the child may tire
of the activity and possibly lose interest altogether.
We believe that the small group format
is beneficial to our students because of the social
interaction it allows, as well as the opportunities
it provides for our students to learn from watching
each other – there is a lot to be said for the
power of peer demonstration.
Why once a week
We recommend classes once a week because it keeps students
engaged while promoting a high level of retention and
progress week to week. Swimming much more than that
at a learn-to-swim level can cause burn out. Our students
build anticipation for each class and they talk excitedly
about their lessons. Most have their suits on and goggles
in hand before they even get to our parking lot. Repetition
over time builds the muscle memory to become a proficient
and confident swimmer. Once a week lessons is also a
reasonable schedule for busy families to keep and consistent
attendance is a key ingredient in a child’s success.
Swimming year-round is the best way to protect your
child from having a water-related emergency. Year-round
swimmers retain a healthy respect for the water and
build skills way beyond those of seasonal swimmers.
Like any other sport repetition over time
is what develops muscular “memory” and endurance.
Failure to maintain a year-round commitment to this
muscular stimulus will lead any athlete to a decline
in performance. This is why crash-course swim lessons
(i.e. two week daily swim sessions) do not create optimal
results and why children that only take summer lessons
seem to have to relearn the same skills each year.
Our on-going enrollment process allows
families to start, stop and move classes whenever they
need to. It also means that our students will keep the
same teacher for a longer period of time. Even when
students graduate or age up to the next level, we can
usually keep them at the same lesson time with the same
teacher. This is the best way for children to keep building
the trust and friendship they have with their teacher
and it is also the easiest way for busy families to
keep their timeslots.
What are themes?
We use theme days in our Teddy, Panda and Koala Bear
classes (ages 2-6) because they create a deeper level
of fun and focus in each lesson. The more we can motivate
these young students to think about fun theme ideas
like “space,” “bugs” or “prince/princesses”
the easier it is to help them overcome any swimming
related fears they may have. Each week we have related
inflatables/decorations in the pool and each student
receives a prize at the end of lesson. Click
here to view our weekly themes on our calendar.
Do you offer make-up
We do not offer credits, or make-ups for missed classes
unless you sign up for our Golden Bear Program. If your
child is unable to attend, we look forward to seeing
him or her at the next scheduled lesson. Consistency
is one of the keys to our program. We ask that you do
your best to attend. However, if we cancel a class for
reasons beyond our control, we will apply a credit to
What is Family
We schedule at least 4 family swim times a month. We
encourage all students and their families to attend
these open play sessions. It is very important for students
to be able to practice their skills outside of lessons
and push themselves on their own terms – this
is especially true for fearful and anxious students.
It is also great for students to “show off”
to their parents and siblings.
Family swims are free for all of our enrolled
students and their immediate family members.
What is the Golden
Being a Golden Bear member is the same cost as our standard
enrollment package - $90 a month. In return for making
a 6-month commitment to the school (standard enrollment
is a 3-month commitment), Golden Bear members receive
one make-up lesson a month, discounts on retail and
parties and exclusive Family Swim times each month.
What is the 30-day
We require 30 days notice to withdraw from classes.
We must have the withdrawal in writing; a form can be
obtained from our front desk or click
here to download from our Website. Withdrawals can
be hand delivered our faxed to us at 775.852.0663.
How quickly will
my child learn how to swim?
Each swimmer is unique and many different factors determine
how quickly he or she will learn to swim, including
his or her developmental stage, any previous experience
in and around the water and the ability to adjust to
a new environment. Please be patient and do not expect
your child to make equal progress during each lesson.
It is normal for a child’s learning to be a series
of spikes and plateaus. However, we believe that many
small steps lead to great achievements and to lasting
self-confidence. We also believe that every child can
ultimately learn to swim with proper instruction and
Please note that consistency over time
is one of the keys to success in our program. We ask
that you do your best to attend.
What if my child
is not feeling well?
If your child has a cold, but is eating well and acting
normal, you may bring him or her to class. The pool
chemicals meet the highest health and safety standards,
and the humidity in the air will be beneficial to their
respiratory system. Please do not bring a child who
has a fever, is not eating, or shows signs of bacterial
What if my child
Let us start by saying that it is completely normal
for a child to cry during their first swim lesson(s).
Consider the child’s perspective—they are
in a strange environment in the care of an unfamiliar
instructor. That said, we train our teachers to try
to understand the nature of a child’s fear. The
instructor will then work to gain the trust of the child,
in part by acknowledging their fear and helping them
to work through it. Often, a simple reassurance makes
all the difference.
As a parent, the best thing you can do
for your child is to keep bringing them to swim class.
Continuing to do so sends the message to your child
that you, as their primary caregiver, approve and trust
in this new activity, in turn, helping them to better
adjust and overcome their fear. Please consider that
delaying or avoiding swim lessons may serve to reinforce
your child’s fear and create a situation that
is more difficult to overcome.
The next best thing is to praise them
for their participation in class. We are going to tell
them how brave and what a big boy or girl they are,
but we are certain that these compliments will have
a greater impact coming from you!
At what age should
my child begin swim lessons?
In accordance with guidelines set forth by both the
United States Swim School Association, we believe that
children are ready to begin swim lessons at any time
after they have reached six months of age. The earlier
a child is enrolled into a learn-to-swim program, the
better. We find that young children who begin swim classes
before they reach one year of age, generally accept
the water more readily than older children.
Fear of the water is acquired over time.
The older a child is when first beginning a learn-to-swim
program, the more challenging his or her fear will likely
be to overcome.