FAQs

Common Questions From our Families

We start teaching students as young as 3 months old, starting in our Tadpole class. This class teaches substantive skills (not just ‘water acclimation’) that lead directly into your child learning life-saving survival 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!
We strongly recommend that your child take swim lessons at least twice per week. 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. Our pricing reflects this by offering a 15% discount when you enroll your child in two or more classes per week.
We start by teaching 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 used in the Turtle 1 class to teach safe and proper swimming technique. Your child can move up from Minnow to Turtle 1 as soon as they demonstrate these skills.
Yes! Following the Minnow class, classes are divided into levels breaking down the skills of swimming strokes. Children first learn to swim on their front and back, then strokes will be introduced, then speed and stamina. Once they have completed Shark 2, children have the skills required to join a swim team.
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.
Only Tadpole and Swimboree classes are “Parent and Me” type classes, with one parent or guardian in the water. Parents stay on the pool deck for all other classes. You do not need to know how to swim to participate in your child’s Tadpole or Swimboree class: the classes are held in shallow water and you will not be asked to your head.
We reserve the seats directly next to the pool for the parents of Seahorse and Starfish students. We offer additional seating on the pool deck, further back from the pool, for all other parents.
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. Our Deck Ambassadors can give you activities to do at home, including some that don’t even require getting wet.
Our prices are per 30-minute class. For the current pricing, please view the Pricing tab on this website.
We offer a 15% discount for families enrolled in more than one class per week. This discount applies if you enroll one child in multiple classes or enroll two or more children in at least one class each. You must be enrolled multiple classes at the same time to receive the discount, but can add (or drop) each class independently at any time, in accordance with our standard policies. We also offer a Large Family Discount. Please call us for more information.
We charge by lesson and we bill in advance on the 20th of each month (or the next business day) for the next month’s lessons. When you enroll, we only charge you for the remaining lessons in the current month* plus our annual membership fee. Special Note: if you enroll after the 20th of the month, you will also be charged for the next month’s lessons.
We will charge your credit card on the 20th of each month (or the next business day) for the next month’s lessons (e.g., on January 20th, we will charge your card for your child’s lessons in February). 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 major holidays or other scheduled closures.
If you wish to withdraw from lessons you must give us a 30-day cancelation notice. Please send written confirmation to discontinue lessons at [email protected]. We will contact you within 24 hours (or the next business day) to confirm your request.

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