Frequently Asked Questions
Why should my child take swimming lessons?
Swimming is fun and builds confidence! Our mission is to teach every child in our community how to survive an aquatic accident. Drowning is the number one cause of death among children under the age of five in the state of Florida. Children are naturally drawn to pools, hot tubs, lakes, ponds, rivers, and beaches. All children should learn how to swim, it is a skill that will last them a lifetime!
What age should children start in swim lessons?
We have lessons for children of all ages and skill levels. As soon as your child is crawling, we recommend you start them in swim lessons. If your child is mobile they will find water. If your child is walking, then he/she can also learn to swim to the pool edge or steps and roll over to breathe to get air!
It’s never too late to start lessons, the sooner the safer!
What is Survival Swimming?
The ability to float and breathe, regardless of the water’s depth for an indefinite period of time.
At Aqua Journeys, our instructors are trained and certified. We are one of the leading and safest infant and swimming programs in the world. We teach your child the ability to float and breathe. Your child will learn to roll from a face-down position in the water to a face-up independent back float. Toddlers and older child learn to swim a short distance and roll to float. If your child falls face down into the water, knowing how to roll into a face-up independent back float can save their life! Be Assured we DO NOT throw children into the water! We use a variety of methods and techniques combining our 25 years of experience specializing in infant/toddler programs.
What Should My Child Wear During Lessons?
For your child’s safety and as a courtesy to everyone else, all children who are not completely “potty trained” must wear a snugly fitting reusable, cloth swim diaper during lessons. Disposable Swim diapers are NOT ALLOWED. Cloth diapers are available for sale at the pool. Remove diapers and then dress your child in his/her swim diaper.
All other children may wear swim suits/ trunks, rash guards, goggles, and long hair must be tied back or a cap worn. Don’t forget a towel!
Can My Child Eat Before Lessons?
Do not allow your child to eat a heavy meal or have dairy products 2 hours before his/her lesson. You may need to adjust your child’s diet due to their unique digestive system. The stomach may become distended from air and the muscles tighten up across the abdomen, and a child will burp. If there is food in the stomach when this happens, the food will come out with the air and the child will spit up in the pool. The pool filteration system will clear the pool quickly, so if this happens to your child, do not be frightened or distressed. This happens to some children regardless and is not anything to worry about, but controlling feedings just before lessons will help.
What is My Role as a Parent During Lessons?
Your child will feed off of your energy so it is critical to bring a positive attitude to each lesson. We can teach your child skills, but it is your support that will most affect his/her attitude and progress. We have observed that children do much better when parents are involved and cheer as they acquire and develop new skills. We cannot over emphasize the importance of your support.
How do I get my child enrolled in swimming lessons?
To enroll your child in lessons, fill out our online registration form, stop by our facility, or give us a call at 386-676-9555.
What if we are late or miss a lesson?
It is helpful if you arrive 10 to 15 minutes before your scheduled time. This allows sufficient time to have your child ready to go into the water at your scheduled time. If you are late, the instructor will try to fit you in whenever possible, but your lesson time might be shortened. Consistency is a very important ingredient of the program. Steady attendance will increase your child’s rate of progress. If you find you have a conflict, please talk to the front desk. No credit is given for missed lessons. If your child becomes ill or you have a family emergency, please let us know ASAP so scheduling arrangements can be made. Every attempt will be made to hold your time slot or to reschedule another time that is convenient for you.
What if AJSS cancels our lesson?
In the event that we cancel lessons, you will not be charged. We will do our best to schedule you a makeup lesson.
May visitors come to watch lessons?
Yes, visitors are welcome to observe lessons!
Why do you recommend refresher classes?
Refresher lessons are so important to keep up with your child’s water skills! It’s not because they will forget their skills, but because if they aren’t practicing they may outgrow them. Particularly during the first two years, rapid growth causes a shift in a baby’s center of gravity, affecting their ability to float. A refresher course, similar to a well baby pediatric check up. It will allow your instructor to readjust the float position and keep your child’s swimming skills sharp. Your child will retain most of what he learns after being out of the water, however, they will most likely lose their self-confidence after being out of the water for a long period of time. We have seen that children, 12 months and older, who participate in our group classes immediately following initial lessons don’t require refresher lessons. However, without the opportunity to swim with our instructors, you may find that your child will cry, cling and refuse to use his skills… DON’T PANIC! Children have many fears, some which stem from a lack of confidence. During refresher lessons, they will soon regain the needed confidence and know they CAN do it!
Please do not start your child in this program unless you fully intend to complete the entire learning process. Once your child begins lessons, your tuition is non-refundable if you withdraw your child. However, any unused funds would stay in your account to be used for future lessons. The reason the instructor places this firm financial responsibility on you is — the initial training period is a very critical time of adaptation to a new environment, instructor, and technique for you and your child. It can be a time of very low self-confidence in the water because the child has not had time to acquire and perfect his/her skills in the aquatic environment. If the child’s lessons are terminated during this time, the foremost thing the child will remember about the water is that lack of self-confidence in and around water. One of our instructor’s specialties is working with children with water fear problems, and the instructor does not want to be involved in putting a child in that situation. Therefore, make sure that this program is for you (we know it is for your child) before you register, then stay with it and support your child in every way until he/she is skilled and ready to participate in group classes.
How can I get additional information?
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns about our programs. Stop by our facility to observe lessons. Our instructors and staff are more than happy to talk with you about our swim lessons. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call (386) 676-9555. Like us on Facebook to receive the latest announcements and special offers!
What if my child is sick?
We hope your little one feels better. Please see our sick policy.