1. What does my child need to bring to lessons? Your child needs a swim suit,swim goggles and towel. Additionally if your child is not fully potty trained a secure swim diaper and swim pant is required. Please be aware if your child has an accident in the pool you will be responsible for a $250 pool cleaning fee.
2. How long will it take for my child or me to learn to swim? Every individual learns at their own pace and therefore this time frame all depends on the student's starting point and own personal learning curve. It is important to note that it is typical for children to progress rapidly at first then stall or even regress if they are out of the water for long periods of time. Additionally if your child has been using floaties or a puddle jumper for all of their swimming experiences it will likely take longer for them to learn the correct swimming body position and proper kick technique.
3.Can my child use their puddle jumper at the lesson? NO, Puddle jumpers are never allowed in my lessons. Puddle Jumpers and floaties are notorious for helping children develop ineffective swimming posture. They are subconsciously training children to be in an upright and vertical position in the water- head up, feet down, arms out. This causes them to use more of a bicycling motion kick under the water. Young children believe this is how they “swim”, they do not understand nor have the cognitive ability to recognize that without this device, they would not be able to swim in this position. What many people don’t understand is that the vertical positioning is in fact the drowning position.
4. Do you work with non-verbal special needs clients? Yes, I have worked with non-verbal clients for over 15 years now.
5. What are your safety/health policies in regards to COVID-19?
NO parents are allowed in the water unless it is a parent/child lesson.
I ask that lesson clients arrive only five minutes before their scheduled lesson time to keep occupancy numbers to a minimum. Likewise, please exit the pool deck as soon as possible following your lesson. At this time no one is allowed in the water prior or post their lesson time.
Please bring your own goggles if possible.
If you have had a lesson with Coach Amy and have come in close contact with anyone who has experienced COVID-19 symptoms, I ask that you please notify me immediately before returning. You may be asked to obtain a negative test result before returning to the swim lessons/classes.
Any individual with a suspected or a confirmed case of COVID-19 is asked to notify me and must remain out of swim lessons/classes until they have been free of all symptoms for at least 5 days.
6.Do I need special equipment for stroke technique instruction? You will need goggles, a swim cap if you have long hair, and a functional swim suit.
7. Will my child or I have the same instructor each time? Yes, I am the only instructor for Swim For All. This is a huge advantage for the insecure child or participant.
8. What is your policy for canceling lessons? A 24 hour notice is greatly appreciated when possible. Any no-shows or cancelled lessons within 4 hours of the lesson start time will be charged in full. If you have more than one no show all of your future lessons will be removed from my schedule.
9.Does my child have to take lessons at the same time every week? No, I will work with your schedule. Lessons can be weekly, bi-weekly, or whatever works best for our schedules.
10. Can I do one trial lesson and see if it is a good fit? Yes, I offer free 10 minute evaluations as well as discounted trial lessons. Please contact me for more information.
11. Do you do make-up lessons? Yes, for private and semi-private lessons.
12. Should my child take lessons year round? Yes, if possible. Consistently attending swim lessons enables the student to become comfortable, confident and skilled in the water. Lessons do not have to be every week with Swim For All. You may set up your own schedule.
13. When and how do we pay? Payment is due to prior to each lesson or group of lessons by cash, check, Venmo, or PayPal. Checks should be made out to Swim For All. If using PayPal or Venmo you will to need to incur the fees. Please note there will be a $25 fee for any checks that do not clear the bank.
14. Do you work with beginner adults? Yes, I work with all ages and all abilities.
15. Why don't you offer afternoon or evening lessons all year-round? I have family obligations in the afternoons and most evenings during the school year.
16. Do you have experience with other disabilities besides autism? Yes, I have worked with children with cerebral palsy, downs syndrome, deaf, epileptic disorders, Cohen's syndrome, and children with other genetic disorders.
17. What makes Swim For All different than other swim programs? I strive to make each participant's experience rewarding and customize the lessons to fit each client's needs. I am the only instructor and this allows for you to have a consistent, personalized lesson.
18. What is your bad weather policy? If your lesson needs to be cancelled due to heavy rain, thunder,lightning, or chilly temperatures we will work together to reschedule your lesson if possible or you can ask for a lesson refund.
19. Do you teach infant survival swim or infant resource swim lessons? No, all of my lessons for children under 2.5years old are parent/child lessons with a focus on water comfort and water safety in a fun, nurturing environment.