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Booking is easy. Simply call us at 562.434.1644 or 562.988.SWIM to arrange a convenient date and time.
How do I book swim lessons?
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What age should I start my child in swimming lessons?
There is no set age, however we recommend all parents begin their child's swimming journey at a very early age. The earlier a child is introduced to water, the less chance they have of developing a fear of the water. According to the AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics), “Children need to learn to swim.” And, “new evidence shows that children 1 to 4 may be less likely to drown if they have had formal swimming instruction.”
What if my child’s scared? Should I wait until they are older to start swimming lessons?
In the majority of cases, no. Often the fear becomes more entrenched the older the child becomes. Addressing the problem properly with a strategy will get them swimming and teach them the invaluable life lesson that difficult tasks can be overcome with hard work and patience. This does not mean we force a child to swim. We gradually get students used to being in and around water, then use a step-by-step technique to build confidence in a fun and gentle progression.
Which days of the week are swim lessons offered?
Deep Blue Swim School is conveniently open for swim lessons Monday through Friday 9:00a.m.-6:30p.m. and Saturday from 8:30a.m.-2:00p.m.
Do I need to get into the pool with my child?
Only during our beginning level Parent & Me group sessions, does a parent get in the water with their baby or toddler (ages 3 months to 18 months). Parents with children enrolled in our private one-on-one swimming lessons, do not get into the pool. Private swimming lessons are far more effective with a student-teacher environment.
When should I feel confident leaving my child in a pool on their own?
Never! Accidents can happen around pools all the time, even to great swimmers. Parents and caregivers should always supervise children.
How often should my child attend swimming lessons?
Deep Blue recommends that children swim minimally at least once per week on a year-round basis. Consistency, combined with quality instruction, is the most important piece in your child’s learn-to-swim experience. With consistency, all children will learn to love their swim lessons and become safe and confident swimmers as a result.
What are the advantages of formal swim lessons?
Although it is possible to teach your children how to swim on your own, often times children are more susceptible to learning in a formal setting. Not only will kids progress at a faster rate, but they will also learn the correct technique without developing bad habits.
Are floatation devices (floaties) a good idea for children learning to swim?
We encourage parents to not use floatation devices while in the water. If used too often, floatation devices give children a false sense of security; they will rely upon the floaties and avoid developing proper swimming techniques. This becomes dangerous if the child ends up falling into a pool or jumping in without their floatation device. Any device that encourages an upright body position (water wings) only slows down the learning process, and is, therefore, a negative. Children need to learn the habit of placing their eyes into the water and creating a horizontal body position when swimming. Flotation devices can be great fun, however we caution against using them every time your child swims to the point where they depend on them. Good practice is to use floaties only for playtime in the water and to take time out to practice swimming.
When should swim goggles be used?
To speed up the learning process, we advise the use of goggles when teaching new or challenging swimming skills. Goggles stop eyes getting irritated, allowing the child to swim longer and in comfort. The goggles also relax the child due to the ability to see where they are going, with targets becoming clearer. However for safety, children must learn to swim without goggles. We recommend removing the goggles from time to time and see if children can perform the activities without them. Another good rule is to use goggles in lessons, and take them off in free or play time.
Why can some kids swim well while others struggle? My daughter is brilliant and my son is terrible.
Everyone is born with varying abilities. Some of the things which influence swimming ability include:
- Bone density (buoyancy)
- Fine motor skills
- History or past experience in and around water
Anyone can learn the basics of swimming and water safety, but like anything, some will find it easier than others.
How long will it take to teach my child how to swim?
The answer depends on the individual child and what your goals are. Be open to the lessons and your instructor's comments and you will get your answer. Like anything your child learns – the more they practice the more they will progress.
How long do most people keep their children in swimming lessons?
Once a child learns the basics of how to swim there are many advantages to keeping them in an ongoing program. Swimming is one of the best physical activities you can have your child take part in and your child will continue to learn and become more comfortable and confident in the water. Not to mention it is FUN and having a solid swimming foundation will lead to an enhanced lifestyle. Swimming opens the door to many activities your child may want to take part in like competitive swimming, water polo, snorkeling, scuba diving, junior lifeguards, surfing, water skiing, wake boarding, and kite surfing just to name a few.
Why Choose a USSSA Member School?
The United States Swim School Association (USSSA) is a world class organization with members that are dedicated to providing quality swimming lessons. USSSA members have the opportunity to educate themselves at least three times a year at workshops and conferences. Members are educated on the latest and best techniques for teaching children how to swim.
- Discover how your child will gain water confidence at Deep Blue and reduce the risk of a water tragedy.
- Statistics Drowning is the 2nd leading cause of unintentional injury-related deaths to children ages 14 and under
- More than half of those drowning deaths occur to children ages 4 and under
- 60-90% of drownings occur in a backyard pool or spa
- For every drowning, there are 4 near-drowning incidents that lead to hospitalization, with several survivors suffering significant neurological impairment
- Drowning is the greatest summertime risk, increasing 96% above average during the summer months
- Sources: National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), American Academy of Pediatrics, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), National Safe Kids Campaign