You have questions and we have answers!
1. How long does it take to get a child to swim?
This really depends on the age of the child and the comfort level of the child in the water. Each child is different and progresses at a different rate. Coordination develops differently than intelligence. Your child may be extremely bright, but may not progress as quickly as his/her friend due to physical developmental differences or fear. If a child is at least four, we are able to get a frightened child to swim around the pool with no particular form in about 4 1/2-6 hours. In about eight hours we can develop a crawl stroke with modified breathing, in a proper horizontal position. In that same amount of time the child will also be able to swim a basic back crawl and float on their back and being comfortable while doing so. A good number of our three-year olds are able to swim a crawl stroke with modified breathing across the width of their pool by the end of the summer. An average 2 to 2 1/2-year-old will be able to swim halfway across the pool to all the way across the pool with/without taking a breath by the end of the summer if they have lessons 2 to 3 times per week. The three main things that can hold up these time frames are; a child’s complete refusal to attempt to put their face in the water, if they cannot understand not to breathe through their nose, or they refuse to wear goggles and refuse to put their face in.
2. What do you do about the weather?
Our policy is not to cancel for rain.Many times the weatherman will say it’s going to rain, and in the Hamptons it does not. We will come to the home and assess the weather at that time. If there is thunder and lightning we will cancel the lessons at the door. If there is slight drizzle, or light rain we will still have the lesson as we are already wet and being in the pool in the rain will not cause the child to get sick, any more than swimming in the sun would. Any cancellations on the part of the client for weather (or cold pools) will be subject to our cancellation policy.
3. Can a friend join in the lessons?
4. I have heard about swimming boot camps where kids learn to swim in a week of 15 min a day. How does that work?
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