Common Questions From our Families
As with any developmental process, children learn through repetition. Repeating exercises within our structured class setting ensures retention of the skills we’re teaching.
Group classes are also key in teaching young children, who typically repeat what they see other children do – swimming, floating and having fun! Of course, consistency is crucial for maintaining those skills learned.
History shows that children who take swim lessons two times per week reach their goals three times faster because they retain and apply more of the previous lessons. This is why we offer a 20% discount when you enroll your child in two or more classes per week. Of course, we also appreciate the busy lives that people lead and can assure you that, as long as your child consistently attends their lessons and utilizes their make-up classes shortly after they miss a class, your child will learn to swim even if they are enrolled in only one class per week.
All of our children in Turtle 1 classes need to be able to jump in, roll over and float independently for 20 seconds, otherwise they will need to start in either our Minnow or Starfish class (for first time swimmers) We start by teaching all of our students basic water survival skills – the ability to roll over and float on their backs is the most important of these. Your child can move up from Minnow to Turtle 1 as soon as they demonstrate these skills.
Yes! Following the Minnow and Turtle 1 classes, we focus on developing stroke and technique. We even offer our higher level swimmers the chance to join our swim team – the Barracudas! Children first learn to swim on their front and back, then strokes will be introduced, then speed and stamina with a focus on correct technique in preparation for possible future competition training.
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.
Yes, cap use is a requirement, just as the colored belt is required for Karate lessons. Caps are skill level specific, keep our pools cleaner and help keep hair up and out of the face whilst swimming.
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.
The only classes we need a parent to be in the water with their child is our Tadpole and Swimboree classes. The ability to swim isn’t a prerequisite – all of our classes are held in shallow water where you won’t be out of your depth. Our Seahorse class expects parental supervision from the poolside.
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 the other students in their class. 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. Ask one of our Deck Ambassadors to can give you a Homework Sheet. Our homework sheets include activities to do at home that will help build upon and reinforce what your child has learned in class. Some activities don’t even require getting wet.
First and foremost, learning to swim is an essential skill for water safety and sometimes even survival; so don’t take a break! Many children experience anxiety and may cry before lessons; please be assured that anxious behavior is perfectly normal, so don’t worry. Our teachers at British swim School are trained professionals who know how to work through student’s fears when it comes to water and swimming. The best way to help ease your child’s anxiety is by briefly reassuring them and then hand them off to let our teachers do their magic.
We will charge your credit card on the 24th of each month (or the last business day before if the 24th falls on a weekend or holiday). We charge by the lesson, so your charge may vary from month to month, based on how many times your child’s classes will meet. We will not charge you for scheduled closures or major holiday closures.
Don’t worry we’ve got you covered! – We understand that ‘life’ happens and that occasionally your little one may miss a class. A make-up lesson for this class can be arranged by either speaking with the site representative or by calling us at the office. Make-ups can be scheduled free of charge while you are actively enrolled in lessons with us. There is a nominal fee of $10 to schedule make-up lessons when not actively enrolled in a class.
Children learn at different rates and that’s why our perpetual enrollment system works so great – our students move up at their own pace. Over many years we have seen such a variation in how long a child takes to master certain skills that it is impossible to give you an exact timeline. We do, however, find that on average a child will move up 2 and ½ levels per year. Consistent attendance is essential to retaining the information learned within each lesson. Additionally, we do find that children who come twice a week for lessons progress quicker than those attending just one lesson per week.
We’ll be sorry to see you go and hope that you only leave us once your little one is a fantastic swimmer. We just ask for a 30 day advance written notice to be emailed directly to our main office ([email protected]). For our records, please include why you are cancelling. Once our office receives your cancellation email, there will be an emailed response confirming your request has been noted on your account along with the date of your child’s last scheduled class.