Common Questions From our Families
We teach students as young as 3 months old. If enrolling at that age, please see Tadpole and/or Swimboree.
Initially we teach our students to be water-safe. This includes learning to fall in the water, roll over, surface on their backs, and float independently for 20 seconds. These skills are required in the Turtle 1 group. Your child is able to move up from Minnow to Turtle 1 once they demonstrate these skills.
Children learn through repetition. Repeating motions within our structured class setting will teach muscle memory. Group classes are also key in teaching young children, who typically repeat what they see other children do – swimming, floating and having fun!
Yes! Following the Minnow class, classes are divided into levels breaking down the skills of swimming strokes. Children first learn to swim the length of the pool on their front and back, then strokes will be introduced, then speed and stamina. Once in Shark 2, children have the skills required to join a swim team.
In all states except Maryland, if a class is missed, you are usually able to reschedule it on another day for a fee of $5. This fee guarantees your spot in the class. Make up classes are scheduled no more than 48 hours in advance. Ask your instructor about what policies you need to follow at your local pool. Please see your BSS waiver for specific details or call your local branch for more information.
Yes. Our policies require that all students under age three wear both diapers. This ensures the health and safety of all students and instructors should there be an accident.
The back float is the ultimate survival skill. A child floating on their back is able to breathe and call for help. As students advance, this skill is also necessary if they get tired while swimming. . Some bodies of water do not have an edge to swim to, or the edge is not easily accessible. Back floating is the best way to ensure safety.
We reserve the poolside seats for the parents of Young Minnow students. We ask that all parents of students of a higher level watch their child from our parent viewing area.
Our classes are all 30 minutes and very efficient and effective. Even while your child is on the side of the pool, they are watching other students. Usually, there are multiple classes in the water and they are able to watch more advanced classes. Seeing others do what they are learning is an excellent teaching tool. Our instructors interact with all students in a methodical manner and there is no wasted time during class.
It’s just fine! All British Swim School instructors teach the same method and it is important for your child to be able to swim with more than one person. Our instructors work closely with one another and will communicate anything beneficial to your child’s progress.
Yes, practicing at home will help tremendously! If you have a pool at home, you should practice as much as possible. If you do not have a pool, many skills can be practiced in the bathtub.