2014 by Swim to Safety  

Photographs by www.jtc-photography.com

FAQs...


Should a parent attend the lesson?
Yes, it is important that your child have the assurance and security of a familiar adult in an unfamiliar situation. Having a trusted adult present who will show trust in me and the process can help your child feel more at ease. For the parent, it will be exciting to watch your child discover new skills and, observing will help you once the session is over to keep working with your child.

Do parents get in the pool?
Parents must get in the pool on the last day of classes. Your child needs to develop a relationship with the water independent of you. It’s their skill.  Once they’re swimming, parents come in and learn how to properly reinforce the skills learned in class in order to continue the instruction. Your children will quickly learn that they can swim with anyone. Really though, they are so excited to show you what they can do and your first swim with your child will be quite special. 

What level of swimming can I expect in 9 days?
All children will be able to swim back and forth from one person to another, know how to get to the edge of the pool and out to safety. In the rare case that your child is not able to do these by the end of a session, I will make arrangements for your child to keep coming to class free of charge until they are able.  I am here to teach them to swim, until they are doing so my job isnt over!

Do you throw the kids in the water and make them figure it out?
NOT EVER! I do not believe in scaring or bullying children in to swimming. I pride myself in providing a safe environment to help facilitate the discovery of every child's natural ability to move in water.  

Can we use floaties or goggles?
Floaties force the body in an upright position which is known as “the drowning position”.  A person sinks quicker and cannot indefinitely stay afloat in this position. Floaties create a false sense of security and encourage the fear of getting the face wet which is the main stumbling block that stops kids from swimming. Furthermore, if a child falls in without floaties, they will have no idea what to do and will simply sink to the bottom. Goggles undermine genuine confidence and become a crutch that children think they need. Should a child fall in the pool unexpectedly we do not want them worried about not having their goggles. If your child spends many hours in the pool doing laps once they are seasoned swimmers then goggles would be appropriate.

Do the children cry?
In some cases yes. Most children will have some level of unease and uncertainty. Crying is a normal reaction to an unknown teacher, unknown environment and unknown circumstance. As a parent I understand your concern and difficulty at watching your child cry. Rest assured  it is normal for it to be difficult to watch and normal for them to be uncomfortable in this new situation. In most cases within a few days they have gotten to know me and realize they are in a safe environment and things turn around. Understandably, it can be hard for parents, but it’s very important to stay calm and not show your concern. Letting them know that you trust me and the process will help them get past this initial unease so they can begin to move forward in their discovery. I have found it helps at times to remember that this is a life saving skill they are being taught and is therefore necessary (you would not give a choice in going to the doctor, school...).

What can I do to help if my child is not that enthusiastic about swim lessons? 
Your attitude is everything. If you trust in the process you can convey that to them. Tell them it may be challenging but that once they are swimming it will be fun. You know what is best for them. Swimming is a necessary life skill.

What do you do if kids walk out of the pool?
This does happen and the best tactic is for the parent to immediately take the child by the hand and walk them back to the pool.  If you start talking and trying to rationalize with them you are giving them the impression that there is a choice.  Bringing them back quickly will help them realize that they can not avoid class and they must follow the rules. Knowing the rules and limitations help a child feel safe and when a parent quickly puts them back in the water it's the strongest message they can get that they are safe and this is OK. Remember, your trust in me and the process will ease your child's unease.

Is it recommended to have siblings in the same class?
Siblings almost always swim together and it works great, but honestly as soon as the children are swimming it doesn’t matter at all. They just want to swim with anyone.

Should my child stay home if they have are sick or have a runny nose?
Unless your child has a high fever, diarrhea or is vomiting they should come to class. One of the most important parts of this process is consistency.

Do you teach in the rain?
Class is not cancelled for weather unless there is lightning. Consistency is the most essential ingredient and it’s important to show your child that you are serious about having them learn how to swim.

Can we do make up classes?
Because of the tight schedule, make up classes are not possible.  Remember, consistency is one of the most important parts of the process.

Can I put sunscreen on my child?
Please don't. Even "waterproof" sunscreens run when in the water and can sting their eyes giving the child a bad association with swim class. It also makes them slippery which can make things difficult for me. If you are concerned about the sun I highly recommend rashguards or UV protective swim gear. 

When and how do I pay?
For group classes require a 100$ deposit when you register. The remainder of your payment must be made by the third day of class (Wednesday). 

What method do you use?
The method I use is very much the best parts (in my opinion) of several different methods. The Bradbury method, the Infant Swimming Resource (ISR) method which is also used in partnership with Crossfit Kids as well as things I learned in my formal certifications with the Red Cross and my years of teaching children both in and out of the water.