FAQ

THE MOST COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q: WHEN CAN BABIES START?
A:Healthy babies (as young as 1 month) can start when the circumcision is healed and the umbilical cord has fallen off. The water should be at least 90?

Q: WHY START SO YOUNG?
A:The younger the babies, the more likely they are to accept the water and instruction. Human infants are adapted to swimming. The behaviors of automatic breath holding and swimming movements begin to fade as early as 3 months of age. Exposure to swimming provides the ideal exercise. They are not restricted to gravity and benefit from the cardiovascular exercise it provides. It gives babies a head start in learning basic swimming skills and improves bilateral coordination and balance.

Q: FOR BABIES: PRIVATE or PARENT / TOT…?
A: Generally, parents choose the parent/tot program in order to make the swim lesson experience as pleasant as possible. And, the group per-lesson price is more appealing than the expense of privates. However, most babies take much longer to learn in Parent/Tot and some parents aren't successful at teaching their babies to completely swim. If you want assurance that your child will complete the course and learn to swim and gain the ability to save himself in the shortest time frame possible, we suggest enrollment in Private Lessons. Eventually, the baby will bond with the teacher and will enjoy the lessons without the parent.

Q: WHAT & WHEN SHOULD THEY EAT BEFORE LESSONS?
A: We recommend that children not eat an uncomfortably large meal before lessons. Beginning swimmers under two years of age should avoid food (especially dairy products) 2 or 3 hrs ahead of each lesson.

Q: SHOULD PARENTS BE VISIBLE DURING THE CHILD'S LESSON OR SEPARATION MOMENT?
A: If the child is constantly asking for "Mommy or Daddy" throughout the lesson and if the teacher is having trouble competing for attention, it is generally best to have the parent "out of sight and out of mind" until the child begins to bond with and trust the teacher. Often, if the child thinks there is a sympathetic person close by who will "save them" from their "plight", they will likely become melodramatic and emotionally distressed. We want parents to watch the entire lesson, but often prefer that they hide whenever their child becomes distracted by the possibility that Mom or Dad might bail them out of their situation.

Q: EAR INFECTIONS?
A: There are two types of ear infections: one is caused by middle ear build-up secondary to Eustachian tube congestion and the other is caused by pool or bath water not drying up in the outer ear canal "Swimmers' Ear". To prevent the latter, parents can blow dry the ears or use alcohol & boric acid drops available at the school or local pharmacy. Swimming does not cause the middle ear infections. Children with ventilation tubes in their ears can still swim, but should wear ear plugs, a tight fitting cap, and should not swim deeper than a foot below the surface of the water.

Q: HOW OFTEN SHOULD LESSONS BE SCHEDULED?
A: Resistant or fearful students should (at first) attend as many lessons per week as possible. Attending once per week can work, but there will be accelerated success and improvement in attitude and skill, if the student can attend at least two or three days per week, (up to seven days per week). When they begin to enjoy the water and the process of learning, scheduling once or twice per week is acceptable.

Q: TAKE LESSONS YEAR-ROUND OR TAKE A BREAK…?
A: Students who are completely confident, comfortable, and proficient swimmers tend to remember how to swim (even after a long break), but why risk it? Swimming is such a healthy, fun activity, stay in the water year-round. We have year-round lesson programs and pools heated to 90 degrees.

If young students who have not reached the "State of  Fish " take a break from lessons, they rarely (if ever) lose skill. However, during a long break, the student can lose confidence. Panic, in an emergency situation, could cause them to forget what they were trained to do. Therefore… we suggest that you only take a break if you have a pool in which to practice…….

JUST KEEP SWIMMING…SWIMMING, SWIMMING

Q: WHAT IF MY CHILD DOESN'T WANT TO TAKE LESSONS?
A: Please read the article "Safety First and Fun Later" and "In your child's best interest". Remember the benefits and the alternative. At first, the child may have very resistant behavior - but eventually, the teacher will bring out THE BEST in your child. We guarantee that you will be indescribably proud of your child (and of yourself) for having persevered.

Q: HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE THEM TO LEARN?
  A: The teachers use Gentle Persuasion. Sometimes the emphasis is on "Gentle". Generally, the students learn faster if the emphasis is on "Persuasion". Most students become skilled enough to potentially save themselves, in about 10 to 20 private lessons. (Progress in our small groups can be just as productive.)