School Session: August 13 - May 25, 2019
School Year Dates: August 22, 2016 - May 27th, 2017
Common questions about our swimming classes
1. What will I need for my child’s first lesson?
Your child will need to have a swim suit and a towel, and we do have ample changing areas. We recommend a one-piece bathing suit for girls and swim trunks for boys. Rash guard shirts are allowed. No t-shirts, shorts, or swimming aids of any sort are allowed. We recommend learning to swim with goggles, since it encourages children to put their face in the water and to open their eyes under water. Please adjust the goggles on your child’s face before class and write your child’s name on them in permanent marker. Please note that some drills will be taught without goggles as a safety precaution. Rarely does someone fall in a body of water with goggles on. Longer hair should be pulled back and secured away from the face. Swim caps are allowed and are sold in the pro shop. Reusable swim diapers are required for all children under 3 (see question #12 below) regardless of whether the child is potty trained or not.Back To Top
2. What can I expect from swim lessons?
Knowledge of water safety is our # 1 priority in swim lessons. In addition, we will do our best to teach each child basic swim strokes, good breathing techniques and necessary endurance to promote safe water activities. Important survival skills are incorporated into each lesson. Just like many other skills young people learn, the best results will come with a consistent program over a few years. A weekly lesson throughout the year will yield better results than pushing to learn everything during the summer months. Limited or no exposure to swimming for the next 8-10 months after the summer will set back your child’s progress and comfort in the water. There are many motor skills to be mastered and used simultaneously in swimming. Each child learns on their schedule and will do best when they are having fun. Swimming should be an enjoyable and safe activity for a lifetime. To create solid mastery requires an investment of lessons over several years.Back To Top
3. Why offer a free class?
There are vast differences in swim facilities and swim instruction. If this is your first time to consider enrolling your child in lessons, we realize that you are looking for experts to teach your child water safety and lifetime swim skills while still having fun, and are probably concerned with making the right choice for you and your child. Among many things to consider, is the facility clean, is it parent area air-conditioned and comfortable, does the pool area smell like chlorine, does the staff smile and look like they are having fun, is there free Wi-Fi available so I can multi-task while I watch, can I park close to the building? We strongly encourage parents to take advantage of our free trial class policy so you can see our swim center and meet our staff. While the first lesson in anything may be a little stressful, first overall impressions are rarely wrong. We are confident enough to offer you a free class so you will be completely comfortable that you made the right choice with AcroSports Swimming.Back To Top
4. What are the benefits of infant swimming lessons?
As soon as your child can crawl, they are at risk for drowning. Infants naturally adapt to swimming. Early swim instruction is vital to reinforce and maintain this natural advantage. We begin lessons for children as young as six months of age. As you would imagine, there are multiple benefits associated with beginning lessons at such a young age. Lessons provide a pleasant play time for parent and child to enjoy each other, they enhance psychological development through the stimulation of the senses and socialization, and they also improve the development of gross motor skills. The younger a child is when they begin lessons, the easier they will learn to swim, and will most likely not develop fears related to the water.Back To Top
5. Why should my child swim year-round?
Swimming instruction year-round is the best way to protect your child from the very real danger that any open body of water can present. Our indoor, heated pools allow us to offer lessons all year long no matter what the weather. WE SWIM EVERYDAY! Continuing classes during the fall and winter months will allow your child to retain the skills they learned during the summer and to continue to enjoy the water while maintaining and improving upon their swimming abilities. Swimming is an excellent source of physical activity, reducing the threat of childhood obesity. The water is the perfect place to exercise, leading to accelerated brain development, which has been scientifically linked to movement patterns in swimming. If you want your child to learn to swim as quickly as possible, then year-round swimming provides the best results and could possibly save your child’s life, since participation in organized swim lessons has been proven to reduce the risk of drowning by 88%.Back To Top
6. What are the benefits of the UV system?
AcroSports Swimming also utilizes a UV system in our pools. Water is conducted through the chamber of the device where it is exposed to the UV-C band. The light penetrates cell walls of bacteria, viruses and other micro-organisms (including chlorine-resistant crypto and giardia), altering the DNA. This process inactivates cells so they are no longer able to replicate and are considered dead. Then chlorine is free to attack bacteria and wastes introduced by swimmers and the environment so fewer chemicals are needed. Using UV-C is a chemical free disinfection method that can also deplete chloramines (a disinfectant by-product of chlorine), which are often the cause of odor and irritants in pools. The water will feel better to your child's eyes and skin so we know that it is worth the investment.Back To Top
7. Do I need to buy my child a pair of swim goggles?
We encourage all toddler and older aged swimmers to learn to swim with goggles first. As your child becomes a more avid and accomplished swimmer, goggles can be optional. Goggles encourage children to put their face in the water and to open their eyes under the water. Babies do not need goggles since their natural instinct is to keep their eyes open under water. If you decide to use goggles, have your child try them on before coming to class, and make sure they fit your child's face snugly and comfortably. It's also a good idea to write your child's name on the goggles in permanent marker. Please note that some drills will be taught without goggles as a safety precaution. Rarely does someone fall in a body of water with goggles on and we want our children to be prepared for that possibility.Back To Top
8. Do you have a swim team?
No, we don't have an organized team; however, we do offer stroke training classes that are recommended for exercise and swim team preparation. Students are introduced to speed work and endurance training stroke drills used at the swim team level. These drills are used to continually improve your stroke technique and efficiency in the water. Stroke training is designed as a transition from lessons to competitive swimming or as support in conjunction with team training. This is the class for swimmers who are looking to improve their swimming technique year-round.Back To Top
9. Where can I wait during my child’s swim lesson?
We have very comfortable, air conditioned parent viewing areas. After the swim deck supervisor or swim office gets your child checked with their wristband, sit back and relax while your child experiences the wonder of the water. We even offer free Wi-Fi for your use in all of our facilities.Back To Top
10. Why aren’t parents allowed on the deck during the lesson?
For the safety of our swimmers, all lessons must be viewed from our comfortable and air conditioned parent observation area. We have found that children are easily distracted when a parent is poolside, and we obviously want to minimize distractions in the pool area with your kids in the water. Our goal is for the children to focus on their instructor for the entire 30 minute lesson. We do have our Show-Offs Week celebrations 3 times a year where every child stands on the award stand and receives a medal. During Show-Off Week parents and supportive visitors are allowed to watch from the pool deck, take pictures and encourage their amazing little swimmers.Back To Top
11. Will my child need swim diapers?
AcroSports Swimming requires all children under the age of 3, AND children who are over the age of 3 who are not fully potty trained to wear an approved reusable swim diaper, available in our Pro Shop. A disposable swim diaper can be worn on the inside, if desired. A “Little Swimmers” diaper is not sufficient. If a fecal accident occurs, the pool by law must be closed for 30 minutes-24 hours depending on the severity of the accident while we raise then lower the chlorine level to kill whatever germs might have been deposited, which is a huge inconvenience for those who have classes scheduled that must be re-scheduled after the accident. If your child has a fecal accident in the pool, there is a strict $100 fee charged to your credit card.Back To Top
12. Why are classes 30 minutes a week?
We feel that a child’s ability to focus and concentrate is diminished after 30 minutes in the water. Repetition, consistency and practice are important at this age to reinforce and maintain new skills, and 30 minutes for most children is enough to begin with.Back To Top
13. Will swim lessons drown-proof my child?
No child is ever drown-proof. NEVER leave a child unattended near any amount of water. It is impossible to predict how each child will react to an emergency situation. However, numerous studies have proven that organized swim lessons reduce the risk of a child drowning by 88%.Back To Top
14. How long will it take my child to learn to swim?
We are aware, and you are also, that each child progresses at their own level, and excel at different rates. The learning speed of each child will depend on prior water experience, parental attitudes and expectations, acceptance of new learning situations, and your child’s natural learning abilities. In that spirit, we cannot tell you ahead of time how long it will take for your child to swim, but we can tell you that we do our best to make the process enjoyable and fun for your child, with their progressions smooth and understandable. Learning is a gradual process, and has the best success through consistent and repetitive practice over an extended period of time. We therefore recommend maintaining classes throughout the year in order to build one skill onto the next.Back To Top
15. What happens if my child’s teacher is absent?
If one of our instructors is absent, then a substitute will be provided. All of our swim instructors are trained in the same curriculum and the skills to be learned that day are discussed prior to class by our instructors, so the routine of the class will be the same regardless who is teaching. If a substitute teacher is working with your child, please be open minded so your child will be as well.Back To Top
16. What if my child has been sick?
Our illness policy is for the safety of your children, the other children in the pool and of our staff. If you child has been sick recently, then use your best judgment with a few guidelines as to whether they should come to class. If your child has had diarrhea, a rash or been vomiting with the past 2 days they should not be in the pool. Remember, our pool water is quite warm. Swimming lessons can be a little stressful to some children, especially if they have been sick recently, and we don’t want them to have an accident in the pool. We offer make-up classes for just this reason. Please remove all band-aids before your child enters the pool. If your child has a scrape or an open sore that requires a bandage they shouldn’t be in the pool until the scrape or sore heals.Back To Top
17. What is your make-up policy?
We are happy to offer make-ups anytime during your session, school year or summer. Make-up classes are scheduled on a space available basis. Make-ups are limited to on per month due to illness and must be completed while your child is enrolled in our program. Simply call our office to schedule your make-up class and we will do everything possible to get your child into a class very similar to the one they missed. We encourage you to schedule the make-up class as soon as possible after your child misses a class so they will not fall behind the other children in the class. For our classes to be consistent over long periods of time, we need your children to be in THEIR regularly scheduled class, not bouncing around in a different make-up class. However, stuff happens, so we do all we can to work around it for you and your child. We also ask that you do not abuse our liberal make-up class policy. If we feel that the spirit of the make-up policy is being stretched by a family, we will limit the number of make-up classes that family can schedule. Be courteous to others. Children checking into and out of classes are not conducive to good learning and are a disruption to the other children in the class.
If, due to illness or an emergency, you are unable to attend your Make-up class, you must notify our office prior to that date and time to cancel or reschedule. No-Show Make-up classes cannot be rescheduled.
18. May I request a specific instructor?
Yes, you may request a teacher and we will do everything possible to fulfill your request, but unfortunately we can't guarantee your child's placement with a specific instructor. All AcroSports Swimming instructors are safety-certified and trained to in our proprietary curriculum to ensure quality and consistency in every class.Back To Top
19. What are the platforms in pool?
These are PVC islands that allow us to let the children swim an appropriate distance. In other words, we can customize the size and shape of our training space for each class, allowing a more stress free learning situation for the level of a child’s ability. We can move the islands farther to challenge the children and move them closer for children that are still working on confidence and skills. For more information, see the paragraph in the FACILITY page about the platforms.Back To Top