Our pools are kept between 84 degrees and 90 degrees.
We have teaching platforms children stand. These platforms make the water depth about 2 feet.
If your child is nervous or crying please take a moment to talk with the instructor. Your instructor will gain more insight on your son or daughter allowing them to ease your child during their lesson. It is expected that children will react differently to lessons. In most situations your child’s anxiety will go away as your child gets to know his or her instructor. Our instructors are skillful in helping your child adjust to the water through games and beginning skills such as blowing bubbles. In time your child will be happy and successful in the water. The key is to be patient.
This really depends on you and your child’s goals. SwimJim is geared to take children from beginner all the way up to pre-team. We love to see our swimmers move on and compete in swimming on the team level.
Based on our experience, 30 minutes is the right amount of time to keep your child interested, focused and happy in the pool. Our more advanced classes last for a longer period of time.
Let the instructor do most of the teaching. Have fun with your child in the water. Children learn from repetition and fun. Bath time is another good time to play with skills. Practice floating or blowing bubbles and kicking your legs in the tub or pool.
Of course! The more a child is exposed to the water the faster they will learn to swim. Just be sure to not over do it. Children need all kinds of activities to stimulate their minds and bodies.
We believe that flotation devices give children and the parent a false sense of security. We want our children to feel the water and how it effects and moves their bodies. The flotation devices tend to make the child swim in a more vertical body position and do not allow the child to discover their own bodies buoyancy.