Look for a safe, clean environment, warm water, smiling qualified instructors and small class sizes that promote positive educational experiences by providing a range of professionally presented activities and skills for children and parents. Choose the best program you can afford to invest in because a student only learns to swim once! High quality programs may cost more but small classes in warm water with caring teachers offer more value and are well worth a higher price!
Our uniquely small class numbers mean the children (and parents) may work at a more intense pace and complete more activities at a faster rate. It also means more personalized attention for you and your child. In a smaller class, the instructor can demonstrate more and spend more physical time with you. Children can also focus and concentrate better without the distraction and noise that happens during large classes.
Definitely yes...but parents must have proper instruction before submerging a baby. The WABC recommends that when first learning breath control, submersions must be brief (one to three seconds) and few in number (less than six per class). Once the child can consistently initiate the submersions and can demonstrate competent breath control, submersions can become longer and more frequent. Children should never be forced underwater – we follow their cues and always respect them!
Water conducts heat 25 times faster than air meaning a submerged body can absorb or lose heat quickly. The smaller the body, the greater the heat loss. Also, a baby's thermoregulatory system is underdeveloped so pool temperature is critical for baby's comfort, safety and for maximizing learning progress.
Always come to class 10 minutes early to allow children time to settle in before class starts. Children should be dressed for swimming immediately before classes. Children under three years must wear 'swimming' nappies to help maintain water purity. Swimwear (tops and bottoms) should be worn over swim nappies. Parents should wear a t-shirt or sun shirt over their swimming togs - choose what feels comfortable because you will be constantly moving!