Swim Lessons Frequently Asked Questions
Anytime there are changes to a program, there are lots of questions. Below you will find our answers to some common questions we have already received. If you have a question that isn't here, let us know so that we can give you an answer and we can add it to our F.A.Q.
Why is the new program better?
The most important factor that differentiates our program from others is our desire to individualized instruction for each participant. Kids learn at different rates and even within the same level you will find kids with varied abilities or who pick up on things faster than other kids. This is normal child development and will never change, so instead of trying to find three children who are at the exact same spot in their learning, we feel it is better to have instructors who are trained, just like your kids' school teachers, to teach multiple kids of varying abilities at the same time.
In addition, we know that learning to swim is only one reason to put your child in an activity. Our new curriculum now includes safety objectives and behavioral objectives that will help your child not only become a better and safer swimmer, but a more confident and brave person as well.
In order to facilitate our new curriculum, we believe it is extremely important to create the best learning environment possible. Starting with our first session, you will notice a calmer pool environment so that each student gets the best chance to listen to their instructor and practice their swimming skills
Finally, safety is an important issue for any parent especially at the pool and we feel the same way! The swim school now has a certified lifeguard on the deck during all of our group lessons and we will be addressing pool safety with all of our students, regardless of their age or level.
Why have the prices gone up?
No one likes to see the prices raised on their favorite programs however our price increase was unavoidable. Harbor Swim School reduced the number of kids in each class and added a lifeguard to the deck so the increase in prices reflects these new features. Don't worry-our prices are still below those of other area swim schools!
Why do I have to sit at the far end of the pool?
This can be a tough change for some parents, especially if you have a little one in the pool. However, this change is necessary and important for several reasons:
- Safety…. our lifeguard needs to have a clear line of vision to all things happening in the lesson area.
- Focus...your swimmer will learn to listen better if there is just one person to listen to during their class. If they also have a parent prompting them, they will always choose to listen to the parent instead of the teacher. Plus, interruptions, regardless of how brief, have a rippling effect on the class(es) that minimizes the amount of time the swimmers actually spend practicing their skills with their teacher watching.
- Behavior…. want your kid to listen better in class? Let the teacher reprimand him/her rather than you doing it for them. They will never learn to respect their teacher if your actions do not show respect for their teacher.
How do I know what level to put my child in?
The requirements for each level are pretty basic and straight forward however if you are still unsure which level to put your swimmer in than you should contact one of us and we will be happy to either talk you through which level your child belongs in or set up a short screening in the pool-free of charge!
Swim School Coordinator Rachael Fishbain (email Rachael HERE)
Fitness Director Kathy Peterson (email Kathy HERE)
What is the difference between PreBeginner and Preschool PreBeginner?
The objectives/curriculum for these classes is exactly the same. In order to keep kids in classes with other kids their age, we have special sections of some of our levels for our younger swimmers. Kids who are 3-4 should sign up for the Preschool version of the class.