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Why choose Dynamo Swim School lessons over lifeguard taught lessons?
We teach with the most effective method known, using a progression developed by the nation’s top swim coaches. Our goal is to teach your child to be safe in the water and to swim correctly on top of the water as quickly as possible. Our instructors are all Dynamo Swim School certified and the Team Leader is also CPR and First Aid certified. Your lifeguard might be certified in safety and be able to swim, but what kind of training or certification do they have to teach children to swim? It requires more than just being able to swim yourself to teach the child proper technique and safety in the water.
Why should my child take swim lessons?
To save their life! The Preschool classes will teach your child what to do if they fall in the water. We will also teach them proper air exchange, floating, and proper position to begin swimming on top of the water and help them to be comfortable in the water. The program has ten progressive levels to teach your preschooler to swim. The Grade school children will learn the proper stroke techniques to swim on top of the water. Swimming underwater will not save their life and they will tire quickly. We again offer ten progressive levels in the Grade school program that will teach your children all 4 competitive strokes.
How long will it take my child to learn to swim?
That depends on your child’s age and level of fitness and coordination. It might take 16 or more lessons for a preschooler to learn the basic skills of floating, kicking, returning to the wall and rolling over on their back to breathe, float, rest and call for help. Older children will learn more quickly and may learn 2 or more strokes in the same amount of lessons. If the child has a fear of the water, learning to be comfortable and accomplish the safety skills in 2 sessions may be a tremendous accomplishment.
What is your teacher to student ratio?
We try to keep this as low as possible. We will try to have a 1:4 ratio with a maximum of 1:5; it could be less depending on the size of the class and the number of students working on the same or similar levels. The students are divided into Preschool and Grade school classes and within the class we will have 3 or 4 different groups of students with instructors working on the skills appropriate for your child. The maximum in a half-hour class will be 15 students with 3 instructors and a Team leader.
What is the Toddler class?
The toddler class, often referred to as the Mom/Tot class, is a water adaptation class for baby. We will teach the adult proper techniques to hold baby in the water and make them feel comfortable in the water. This class will prepare them for the Preschool lessons.
How long are the sessions?
Each session is 8 days. We will hold the classes Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday for two consecutive weeks.
How much do the lessons cost?
Preschool and Grade school lessons are $95.00 per session. The Toddler class is $84.00 per session. We offer a reduced rate for families with more than one child enrolled in the same session. The second, third and any others will be $80.00 with the first child’s rate of $85.00. (*Summer 2003 prices)
Will there be any make-up lessons?
We will make-up up to 2 lessons due to weather, one per week of the session. These will be made up on Friday of the week the cancellation occurs. We will not make-up lessons for pools closing for other reasons, i.e. – fecal contamination. If you miss a scheduled lesson there is no make-up provided unless it is a prolonged illness with a doctor’s note. There are no refunds for the lessons.
Does this program cost the pool anything?
No. The registrants will pay Dynamo for the lessons.
Does your pool need any extra insurance to cover the lessons?
No. Dynamo carries the insurance necessary and can provide you with copies if you request or need them. We will have a release for the parents to sign when they register for the lessons.
Are there any requirements for the lessons?
We need a minimum of 16 students per session. We will work with you on the numbers. For example: It’s okay if you have 12 Preschoolers and 4 Grade school students. We will make one half-hour class Preschool and one half-hour class Preschool/Grade School. The students will be split accordingly and the instructors will teach appropriate levels.
How and when do my neighbors register for the lessons?
We will work with you to pick a day and time to come out to your pool to hold a registration. We will provide signage, flyers and articles for your newsletter regarding registration and program details. You should plan on some time between March and May to hold the registration.
We want Dynamo at our pool this summer, what do we do next?