Basic Training Lessons
- Every new student needs to start with the Basic Training which takes approximately 4-6 weeks (or until completed). Older children 6 and up may only take 1-2 weeks.
- Cost is $80 per week per child with a one time registration fee of $25
- Lessons are one on one, with just your child and I in the pool, parents
or caregivers sit pool side except for the first and last Friday of your child's basic training which you are encouraged to join the lesson to learn how to work with your child's skills.
- Each lesson is no more than 10 minutes long and you must come each day,
Monday through Friday, for lessons. Your child will be learning to swim at a
very fast rate so please commit and dedicate yourself to making sure your child
comes to every lesson. Yes, 10 minutes does not seem like long enough time for a lesson, but these are not group lessons nor your average community lessons, your child will be swimming under water the first day. (and no they do not just get thrown in)
- Time slots: for basic training you will have the same time slot each day. You let me know what time of the day will work best for you and your childs schedule and I will let you know when that time slot or something close to it will be available. Keep in mind your child's eating and nap schedule when picking a time slot. Its best not to schedule to close prior to nap and it also needs to be 2-3 hours after eating.
- Fun Fridays are where parents and family members (whoever spends most
time swimming with the child) get a chance to get in the pool and learn how to
work with your child’s skills. These Fridays generally take place on the first
and last Fridays of the training period. and are highly recommended.
Babies 6 - 18 months:
"Baby Basic Training"
Babies will learn to swim face down in the water
and then independently roll to their back and float
Toddlers 18 months-3 years:
"Swim Float Swim"
Toddlers learn to swim face down in the water,
then independently roll to their backs, rest and float,
then roll back over and swim.
Children 3 years and up:
"Advanced Basic Training"
"swim float swim"
along with snorkeling, diving and jumping.
**All babies 6 months+ learn self rescuing skills from accidental
falls in the water**
***Before Each Swimming Lesson***
***Very Important:No BIG meals, fruits, or meat 3 hours before lessons.
No eating 2 hours before lessons.
No drinking 1 hour before lessons.
- Please have your child ready to get into the pool 5 minutes before their scheduled lesson time. If you are late, your lesson will be cancelled due to time constraints.
- When you arrive, please wait in the waiting area until it is your child's turn to enter the pool. At that time, parents and family members may sit on the pool deck. This helps the child in the pool to have a more relaxed lesson.
- Children under 3 or children not potty trained must wear a reusable swim diaper, no disposable ones allowed. There are swim diapers available for purchase in the waiting area for $10. Please check your child's diaper immediately before your child enters the pool.
- if your child has ear tubes they can still swim but the lowest recommended depth for these children is 18 inches. I am very careful to make sure to follow this rule but just remind me again when i start to teach them to dive :) at that point we will just stick to the stairs.
- Due to ants, PLEASE, NO FOOD OR DRINKS, EXCEPT WATER IN THE WAITING AREA OR ON THE POOL DECK,
During Swimming Lessons
basic training, your child will learn just the basic swimming and survival
skills. After this is complete, I highly recommend the maintenance program at
which point your child will learn how to swim faster, longer distance, gain more
confidence, continue to keep their self rescue skills sharp and become an independent swimmer.
lessons are 1-3 times a week depending on age and the child. These lessons are
$16. (See Maintenance Link on menu for scheduling)
child may or may not cry during lessons. This does not mean your child will not
like the water outside of lessons, it simply means they either do not like
being away from you, they are having a hard time adjusting to what a lesson
is, or they simply are trying to let me they don't want to do what i'm having them do. They will still learn
on the same pace as other children, and be able to do everything we are teaching them. Please be patient with the process. 90% of 3 year olds cry the first 2 days and then are jumping in , loving it and swimming half way across the pool on their 3rd lesson.
really makes a big difference if you are able to go swimming outside of swim
lessons during the basic training. Your child will be learning at a fast pace
and deserves a chance to show off their skills and just have fun.
is very important that you do not make swimming at home work or like a lesson,
please make it play and fun time only. After the basic training i will show you the best way to 'work' with your child at home.
- Be sure that when you are talking to your child about the lessons, to always be positive, and never refer to lessons as being "scary" or in any other negative way. This will impact your child's perception of the lessons, and may make them feel more uncomfortable.
is also very important that your child no longer uses floatation devices in the
pool or while swimming. This can mess up your childs form and make it harder to
roll to a float.
PLEASE DO NOT ALLOW YOUR CHILD TO
DEMONSTRATE THE “FLOAT OR ROLL OVER
TECHNIQUE” OUTSIDE OF OUR SUPERVISION until I am confident that they can execute them
properly. At that point we will tell you, but it normally comes after their
clothes checkout. This is for their
Once your child has gone some time without swimming,
typically winter months, your child will most likely have lost their confidence to
swim and roll to float and act very timid of the water. This happens usually all the way up to 6 years old. Of
course some children are different, and never lose their confidence to swim, but they
may still lose their skills of self rescuing in a panicked situation. So it is
very important every year to do a one 1 to 4 week refresher for your child each
year. Refreshers are everyday Monday –Friday and they will remaster what they
knew and move on to the next level.
Video Recording and Pictures
I love when people post pictures and videos on FB or social media! please feel free to post and please tag me so other parents can be aware of these lessons :) However, on occasion, videos and pictures have been taken during the learning process and posted on social media with no explanation (for example: a clothes checkout) then people viewing the post may get the wrong idea of my lessons or untrained individuals may attempt these techniques on children and possibly put that child in danger. In addition some think the clothes checkout is the first lesson, because it is the only video one has ever posted of the lessons :( Please put explanations with your videos. Thank you!
** please be courteous and let me know when you are video recording also :)
IN NO WAY DO THESE LESSONS REPLACE ADULT SUPERVISION AROUND WATER!!
Please continue to keep your pool fence up, alarms on, and pool doors locked! No child is ever considered "drown-proof". Even with the skills they will acquire, they are still children and cannot guarantee survival if they were to fall into water.
TO SCHEDULE LESSONS OR GET MORE INFORMATION YOU MAY CALL or TEXT 352-586-6695 and I will try to get back to you within 48 hours.