"What class level is my child?''
There are 3 class levels:
Beginner - Little to no experience swimming. If your child wears floaties, or does not know how to go underwater they are a beginner.
Intermediate - Has had some lessons. Knows how to go underwater and hold breath properly. Can swim a short distance on their own (from steps out to the instructor).
Stroke Instruction - Can swim the length of a pool independently. Can pick their head up to take a breath, and continue swimming. Ready to start learning the 4 swim strokes.
"How do I sign up?"
Email us at iSwimin10@gmail.com. Please include the child's:
Preferred Start Date/Time
Parent's email address for each swimmer
"I can't find a group."
Email us with the subject line "wait list". Include your child's:
If you are on the wait list, please provide as many dates/times as you can. This will increase our ability to find your child a group more efficiently.
"What's the best way to reach you?"
Please email us with all questions and we'll get back to you as soon as possible. If you need to reach Brande by phone, email us a number and the best time of day to reach you.
"What are your COVID-19 Protocols?"
As an essential service, iSwimKids is open. Swimming is one of the safest activities your child can participate in during this time. We are outside, in the sun, warm water (90), and swimming in chlorine. The exercise and natural vitamin D will help keep children's immune systems strong and working! All classes are small groups. While the teachers do try and keep distance between the children, six feet is not possible. All teachers will be wearing a face mask or shield. There is plenty of outside seating area to allow for social distancing while waiting for your lessons. A face mask is required while on premise.. We ask that you limit the amount of family members coming to swim lessons as best as possible. At times there will be two classes in the pool. Again the teachers will do their best to maintain distance. While it’s not mandatory, we encourage you to create your own group/swim pod with friends and family. 2020 lessons were very successful in that everyone stayed healthy and happy! Please do what is best for your family and your health.
"Do you teach children under the age of 3.5 yrs?"
"My child is 7 yrs old and never learned to swim. He/she is VERY scared of the water but I don't want him in a class with a 3 yr old."
Email us as soon as possible as we try to pair older children together. The older your child is, the longer it will take to get over the fear of the water. That is why this program is so important for your child. Swim lessons once or twice a week will be counterproductive for this type of child. 5 days in a row for 2 weeks straight is where you will get results!
"My kids loved you and did so well in your class! We would love to take some more lessons with you. Do you do maintenance classes?"
After your 2 week session, we highly recommend you take maintenance lessons. This will help reinforce what they learned. Practice makes perfect! We offer them here! Our maintenance classes are ONLY for children who have completed the iSwimin10 course. Please see our maintenance tab for more information.
"Is your pool heated and warm? Is it covered?"
The pool is heated. We keep it around 87-90 degrees. The pool is not covered but shaded by trees. Sun shirts are preferred over sunscreen in an effort to use the least amount of chlorine possible. If sunscreen must be used, please apply at home to allow time to dry. We also recommend that your child use the restroom prior to arriving.
"Do you teach adult or parent infant classes?"
"Is your pool open for lap swimming?"
No. This is a private residence not open to the public.
"Do I get in the pool with my child?"
No. You get to relax and sit on the patio observing your child's lesson.
"Why don't you do private lessons?"
We strongly believe children learn better in a small controlled group. It takes negative feelings and pressure off each child allowing them to relax. They also unknowingly encourage each other to do more. A child who is scared to put their face in the water may see their classmate doing it with ease and feel more comfortable trying it. We keep our group lessons moving at a fast pace. There is very little sitting or waiting time.
"Why are lessons only 30 mins.? That seems too short."
Swimming for 30 min. is a lot of work. A worn out and tired child is very difficult to teach. It might make swimming a negative experience. It has also been proven that young children only have about a 30 min. attention span. Young children can typically attend to one activity that is of interest to them for around 30 minutes at a time and should generally be able to filter out small distractions occurring simultaneously in the environment.
"Do you guarantee my child will be swimming?"
Most swim school's definition of "swimming" might be very different than a parent's definition of "swimming". Coach Brande understands this as a parent herself. We do guarantee your satisfaction. How your child progresses is completely up to them. Children learn in different ways and at different speeds. In all Brande's years of teaching, she has never had a child end a session not knowing how to put their face in the water and swim out a good distance. We don't consider children "swimmers" until they can lift their head, take a breath, and continue swimming. Every child leaves iSwimin10 a happy swimmer with a newfound love and respect for the water!
"My child is terrified of the water and I'm sure he will scream the whole lesson!"
Yes most children are known to scream in the beginning. This is normal! We do ask that parents stay "out of sight" if their child is screaming. Seeing you makes it harder for them to calm down and concentrate. Often times if a child is upset and can see their parent(s) they will try and get out of the pool. This is unsafe. You don't need to leave, but it is recommended that you step into the driveway where they can't see you. We always tell children that you are close and that you will be back. This lets the child know that you have not abandoned them and provides a picture in their head of where you are. Children typically stop crying after day 3. Stay positive with your child and remind them that you can stay and watch the lesson once they relax.