The emphasis of the SwimAmerica Nashville Program is to teach proper swim techniques while learning basic water safety in a fun, energetic atmosphere. SwimAmerica was developed by coaches of the American Swimming Coaches Association in order to provide the finest learn-to-swim program available. The SwimAmerica coaching staff has been professionally trained to offer your child the latest in teaching and learning. SwimAmerica is both goal driven and technique oriented. Children are taught in small groups (4:1) and have the ability to move up to progressively higher level stations as they achieve the goals of their current group.
The number one goal of our program is to teach your child to really swim – increasing their chance of surviving in the event of a water emergency. Our second goal is to teach them to swim well — we will emphasize correct competitive swimming techniques from the start. Streamline, body-roll, and bi-lateral breathing are just a few of the skills taught at SwimAmerica.
At what age can my child begin lessons?
We require that your child be 3 or older as of the first month of his or her lessons.
What is your registration process?
Our general registration for 2017 lessons will open on November 20, 2016. You will set up an account and choose your class day and time for lessons which begin the first week of January, 2017. Our lessons are perpetual, meaning that your swimmer will automatically be enrolled in his or her weekly lesson time each month. January’s fees will be due at registration. Then on February 1st, and the 1st of each subsequent month, your credit card will be debited for that month’s fees. Monthly rates are prorated to reflect the actual number of classes in the month, taking into account facility closures and holidays.
What can I expect on my child’s first day of class?
On your child’s first day of class, we make a thorough assessment of each child’s skills so that they are placed in the appropriate “station.” You can expect your child to spend a lot of time learning proper breathing techniques both on-land and in the water the first few days of class. Good breathing is the KEY to good swimming. A child who has not learned how to breathe properly tires more quickly in the water. We will spend a lot of time working on bobs and other breathing exercises at all of our SwimAmerica stations.
What is the SwimAmerica Station Method?
SwimAmerica lessons are a series of stations of skill development and stroke progression. Once a child masters the skills and “advancement goals” of each level, they “moveup” to the next station and begin working on more advanced skills. This way, each student progresses at their own rate – which we believe is the best way to keep kids motivated to succeed. The Deck Supervisors do on-going evaluations of each swimmer and advances students as soon as they are ready for the next challenge.
What is the SwimAmerica Certificate?
Each student enrolled in our program receives a SwimAmerica Award Certificate on the first day of lessons. When a student masters the skills of one station and advances to the next, they receive a gold “graduation” sticker to place on their certificate. We make a big deal about advancement – the child will receive a small prize as well as a sticker to place on their certificate.
How quickly will my child advance through the stations?
This varies greatly depending on each child’s age, athleticism and natural comfort level in the water. It may take a few weeks or more for a very young child to progress beyond Station 1. We will NOT advance a child before they have mastered the skills of their first station. Remember, proper breathing is the key to successful swimming! On average, it takes a preschooler 20 or more lessons to advance to station 3. On the other hand, some preschoolers will advance much more quickly – it all depends on the individual child!
What is my role as a parent?
Make sure your child comes to class ready to learn, with a snug-fitting, comfortable bathing suit, towel, etc. Please avoid swim shirts, as they interfere with good stroke technique. Talk with your child about the advancement goals required at their station, and encourage them to do their very best. Don’t push, but praise them for their efforts. Please remain in the bleachers above the pool or out in the lobby during your child’s lessons. They are in good hands. Parents on deck can distract both coaches and students from the job of learning to swim. Your help with this is appreciated.
What if my child cries during class?
Many preschoolers have trouble adjusting to any new situation. We will be as patient as we need to be. Let us handle it. Your child will eventually adjust and we will help them by gently pushing them along the way.
Who do I contact to discuss questions about my child or the program?
You may send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and one of our directors, either Margaret Akers or Gweyn Thomas, will respond. Our directors and coaches must stay focused on teaching during lessons, but they will be happy to contact you at your convenience.
What if I need to withdraw my child from the program?
To cancel your registration, we must receive written notice of your intent to cancel no later than the 15th of the month prior to the effective date. Your swimmer will continue to be enrolled in his or her class until the end of the month in which we receive your notice, and we do not offer refunds for missed classes. The automatic debit of your credit card will be discontinued and your class registration will be cancelled effective the last day of the month in which we receive notice.