Group lessons are extremely good for outgoing or competitive children, but shy children can blossom in these classes as well. All of our Group classes are ongoing, with students graduating from one level to the next when they acquire the required skills, not at the end of sessions or months. New groups are always opening up and we create classes as needed for your convenience based on availability.
Our group lessons are limited to four students at our beginner levels, with 5 to 6 in our advanced (Stroke) levels. We pride ourselves in our use of circuits so that students are always moving and learning in the class, not just waiting for their turn while watching another child. We use teaching equipment to keep everyone working together. This means that your child is learning throughout the lesson, getting a full, 25 minute lesson with each class, as opposed to waiting their turn for 2-3 minutes of instruction in most other programs.
Classes begin with review, move into introduction of new skills, and then play swimming games the last five minutes as a reward for hard work and improvement. Students who graduate earn beautiful charms and they get to choose toys from our “Treasure Chest.”
We recommend lessons three times per week until the child is swimming, and then backing off to once or twice per week. However, if your availability is limited, twice per week is good, and once a week makes steady progress. Our group lessons run throughout the day and evening. As groups fill, we add more groups, so it is best to call or come in for current availability. Lessons are 25 minutes.
Some children benefit most from 1-group and 1-private class per week. This gives them the attention they need to work on more difficult skills, along with peer pressure and group exposure.
Year ‘round Lessons are recommended for young children who are starting a swimming program. Drowning is the #1 cause of childhood death in children under the age of five in California. Weekly visits to the pool will instill respect and safety skills when they are in or around any body of water and add to the Layers of Protection against drownings. Remember, the only 100% preventative measure against a childhood drowning is the constant visual supervision from a qualified adult.
I watched as he coached Tony through jumping into the deep end, floating on his back, turning over and floating on his stomach, turning over again and floating on his back, turning again, kicking to the side of the pool, and then finally pulling himself out of the water…and that’s when I realized that this man was teaching my child not just to swim, but to save his own life. I was stunned and so very grateful!