Frequently Asked Questions
Our Teaching Style
Each lesson is custom to the swimmer enrolled. We teach in a progressive format from getting comfortable going underwater to advanced swimming strokes. We do not teach survival swim lessons; however, we incorporate survival swim techniques, such as rolling from front to back, when teaching our beginner swimmers. As swimmers progress, we work on building endurance while on front and teach all swim strokes (freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly, elementary backstroke, and sidestroke). In addition to learning the basics, we work with competitive swimmers on stroke refinement.
Private Swim Lessons
Private swim lessons are one-on-one lessons.
Semi-Private Swim Lessons
Semi-private swim lessons are for two participants. This is a good option for siblings or friends that have similar skill levels. Participants must be at or near the same skill level to enroll in semi-private swim lessons.
Small Group Classes
Join one of our small group classes with no more than 4 students or create your own small group class with swimmers at the same skill level.
Indoor at FUMA: 2 years old and up
Outdoor at Fairview: 4 years old and up November-February. 2 years old and up March-May.
Summer: 2 and up
We provide instruction for adults ranging from terrified beginners to triathlon swim training.
Adaptive Swim Lessons
We are proud providers of adaptive swim lessons. We teach all abilities. We believe that everyone deserves an equal opportunity to learn how to swim and be safe around water.
What do I need to swim?
We recommend suits that are at least 90% polyester. Polyester is chlorine and UV ray resistant. Polyester will last longer than suits made from nylon, neoprene, or other materials. We also recommend a thermal rash guard for indoor lessons. Some of our favorite websites to purchase swim attire are www.swimoutlet.com and www.amazon.com. In addition to a good suit, swimmers should have a good pair of goggles. Our favorite goggle brands are Speedo and TYR.
How long will it take my child to learn how to swim?
There is no one size fits all. We consider the “Three P’s” when learning to swim. 1. Personality 2. Practice (lesson time) 3. Positive Peer Pressure. Personality plays the largest role when it comes to progressing.
Things to consider before enrolling your child in swim lessons:
- Does my child enjoy bath time or do they hate getting water in their face?
- Has my child spent time around large pools of water in the past or is this completely new?
- Has my child had a traumatic water experience?
- Will my child work with an instructor? This is a big one for little ones. A large pool and a new person could completely overwhelm your child.
- Children that are not as inclined to try new things or children that are fearful will take longer to learn how to swim.
We teach our students by building trust with them. We do not believe in creating traumatic water experiences and we will not push your child to perform a skill that they are not ready to do.
If your strong-willed child does not want to put their face in the water, this will hinder progress. This is normal for strong-willed children and it’s okay. Not everyone is ready to learn at the same time.
In this scenario, we recommend taking a break from lessons and coming back when they are ready to participate. Prepare your child for lessons by visiting recreational swimming pools to build comfort around water. Limit the use of puddle jumpers and join your child in the pool (stay within arm’s reach).