Swim bag we suggest you stuff: swim suit, swim diaper (if under age 3), towels, and goggles. No worries! We have showers on deck that children rinse off/shampoo/condition in their suits. There are some private changing stalls and some open space benches. Unlocked cubbies to store items. Family changing rooms and men/women separately as well. Catch the Wave kids, personally, wear their suits year round and have really never seen a changing room! Brush? What’s that? Other kids come complete with pajamas, scented soaps, toothpaste, blow dryers, and milk and cookies. Literally… suit yourself! And… if you forget anything… we have extra suits, towels, goggles, and fins. We’ve got you covered! Maybe even some extra kids if you forgot yours.
All children 3 years and under MUST wear two (2) “reusable” swim diapers (we call them swim pants) under their suit or in place of their swim suit. We have them in our store. This is for YOUR PROTECTION as well as ours. We insist our water to be free of bacteria. Yes, we realize they are mostly potty trained at the age of three but if there is a diarrhea accident, we want the extra layer of protection. NO DISPOSABLE DIAPERS, PLEASE, THEY DO NOT DO THE JOB. Go onto most any swim school website, most all professional schools require double diapers now.
We are great at what we do! We have over 20 years of experience and experience counts!. We teach water survival skills first and foremost and only then do we move on to stroke and stamina development. We only teach in a gentle, fun, non-traumatic way and our students adore our swim instructors who are always highly qualified and extensively trained. We have a year round INDOOR program. We know that repetition is the way our children learn. If any skill is not continual, it will not be retained. We always encourage you to be a year round customer for the safety of your little swimmer. We believe the very best way to teach is on a twice per week regime, but we will accommodate you with whatever you choose. The goal for any swimmer is to be able to swim 200-300 yards freestyle, without stopping. This takes time t build up to that strength and endurance.
Our program first teaches Water survival skill. Stroke work is developed second. Teaching a basic swimming technique does not benefit a child that does not have the basic water survival skills. Doing a great stroke or being able to “doggy paddle” is fine, however, a child must first know how to survive in the water, large pool, lake, or ocean. Water survival is always first, swimming second! EVERY baby, toddler child or adult can learn to love the water and, most importantly, be safe using our water survival skills. We have children under 12 months of age who not only love the water, but who can fall in, rise to the surface, roll to their back and float. Any person of any age can learn these skills, and it could save their life!
You’ve come to the right place! We teach swimming lessons year-round. There is no beginning or no end. You book on a continuous month to month basis, as your child’s skills improve they will be moved into a higher level class. You never have to wait for the “next session”, as we do not believe in holding a child back.You’ve come to the right place! We are having tons of fun each and every day and will show your everything from safe entries and exits, how to hold and handle them your baby in the water, breath holding techniques, intro to swim, swim/roll/float swim method of swimming, basic water safety and swim skills and even what NOT to do. Our monthly “safety days” we have the children come to lessons in their regular clothes. We teach them how to float and swim in their clothes in case they were to have an accidental fall into the water. We also talk to them about other safety issues such as; not to swim in colder water temperatures, dangers of swimming in oceans, rivers and dark bodies of water, throw, don’t go rescue, reach and assist rescue, on and on and on. We are teaching them how to have aquatic fun and be safe in the water.
All of our lessons are 30 minutes long. Small group classes (max 4 children at our beginners levels) ensure that your child receives the attention that they deserve.
Not at all! You can start in a ”Parent/Tot swim class” with your child from as young as three months old. Babies are so “ripe” for swimming early on, we want to take advantage of it by letting them explore and enjoy the world of water. Experts in infant swimming have found that children retain their swim skills much longer when introduced to them in an extended slower program. Children forget so quickly when the skill is not practiced regularly. If infants are introduced for a short burst of lessons for 2 weeks and never swim again until next season it will not be productive. I’m sure you would not give piano lessons to your child for 2 weeks a year and expect them to feel comfortable; the same applies to any learned skill. At this age and level we sing, laugh and play as we focus on teaching your child basic water survival skills. We get great results with young babies. Swimming is one of the first sports that children can learn. Due to the safety issues of preschoolers around backyard pools, lakes and water parks, we encourage children to start swimming lessons early and not stop until they can swim comfortably, independently and with recognizable stroke.
This is probably the most often asked question. The simple answer is that every child is different and, therefore, they learn at different rates. There is no set time as to when your child can float on their back unaided, save their own life, or swim across the pool. Everybody’s perception of swimming is different and so we look upon it as a process. Do you want your child to just be comfortable in the water? Do you want them to be able to save their own life? Do you want your child to be the next Michael Phelps? Once we know what your expectations are, we can better answer this question. 99+ percent of our students successfully reach their goals. With that said, you must realize,”not all children are created equal”. Some children are more cautious about everything! Some have not had any social interaction until coming to swim class. Some children may have special needs, some of which may not have appeared yet.When teaching children, you must be willing to set long range goals.
Most parents have unrealistic perceptions about their child’s swimming skills. Demonstrations of “handstands”, “bobbing”, or just “loves playing in the water” does not exemplify the endurance and confidence it takes to sustain a stoke over distance. A healthy love and respect for the water is essential, but the most assuring confirmation of your child’s ability is to see them swimming an uninterrupted, masterful and confident 200 -300 yard freestyle.
When a child starts to regress or is not enjoying swim lessons anymore, something has disconnected. This could be one of tw things; relationship department or the confidence department. The relationship or the dynamics between the teacher and your child or your child and the other swimmers in the class. This is the easiest to fix! If you suspect your child is noticeably uncomfortable with the instructor or any of the other children in his/her class, please talk to the receptionist so we can immediately start working on finding a better fit. Aside from the relationships at the pool, it could be something at home. Many parents can say that sometimes the issue is really between parent/child, child/siblings, Separation anxiety, fear of water, staying focus, following directions, no nap time, potty training, sometimes it is just being a “kid”. We suggest you give it two to three dedicated months of trying. If it’s not getting significantly better by the third month … stop for awhile and wait a few months. We have had many moms call back after taking a month or so off and get schedules under control and then try again. Usually that little bit of time the “little one” loves the lessons again!
Sometimes you’ll have a child who has been doing just fine in lessons, enjoying every minute, learning skills like crazy and then increasingly they start to become very hesitant, or just does not want to come to lessons anymore! This could be a relationship or confidence issue as well Talk to receptionist and request that the instructors calls you. Your teacher understands best the dynamics of the class and the how your child is doing. Tell them exactly what your concerns are. Don’t hold back! Lastly, don’t forget to praise your child. Find something to notice about their swimming, something new that they did and tell everyone!. Encouragement and praise go a long way and your are more likely to get the results you are looking for!. Again, if If you think it’s a teacher or classmate issue… go directly to the receptionist because that is easy to fix! If you think it’s a schedule overload issue… scale down and simplify. Often kids just need a break in routine. Remember, the goal is for your child to be able to demonstrate a strong and continuous 200-300 yard swim of freestyle. This is a goal that may take some time and may require some stops along the way, but don’t give up… learning to swim, like any other sport, takes time!
Our indoor pools mean that consistency is maintained year-round, regardless of the weather. We have classes in the morning, afternoon/evening and during the weekend. We try to meet all scheduling needs.
Children under the age of 6 do forget and may need a refresher in a previous level to bring them back up to where they were when they left the program. Year round swimming and lessons is a great way to maintain the water safety skills learned in their classes.
We will always do our best to honor requests. Due to circumstances beyond our control, we are unable to honor requests for specific instructors. Catch the Wave reserves the right to change instructors and/or reassign an instructor to a different location at any time.
To ensure the safety of your child, all participants are to observe the rules of the pool at all times. Please to not allow your child to enter the pool until class starts. Students must exit the pool upon conclusion of the class. Parents MUST remain on the premises while their child(ren) are at Catch the Wave. The only exception to this is for parties. For a party, parents may drop off their child and the host/hostess of the party assumes responsibility for your child.
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In the United States we lose more children under 5 years of age to DROWNINGS than any other accidental death*. These statistics show how many children die or are permanently brain damaged. We must treat learning to swim as a top priority. The statistics for the number of children who fall in the water and know how to survive are improving every day because of SWIMMING LESSONS.