Frequently Asked Questions

  • How quickly will my child learn to swim?

    There are many factors to consider: comfort in the water, physical strength, coordination, ability to focus, maturity, interest, and motivation. Often, a child will acquire new swim skills in quick bursts of learning. Yet, after a quick acquisition of new skills, there may be a plateau of struggling followed by another quick burst of learning.

  • How warm is the water?

    Our pools are heated to 90 degrees. That’s comfortable for 30 minutes lessons, but not so warm as to create tired swimming.

  • Can I cancel an appointment that was made online?

    Yes! If you find you need to cancel an appointment that you made online, simply login into your account, click Cancel, select the swim time from your calendar and click the cancel button.

  • What should I do if my child cries during a lesson?

    Crying is a natural expression of a child’s emotional discomfort due to water immersion or separation from you. As parents and teachers, it is our job to help children develop coping skills, so they conquer fears. Delaying or avoiding swim lessons can turn imagined problems into gripping fears and even phobias. By walking up to the teacher and handing your child over to her or him, you are telling your child that you trust the teacher, giving your child confidence they need. Sometimes the teacher may place a crying child on her back while she teaches the rest of the class to build their confidence. If a child has a highly-developed phobia of water, private lessons may be necessary.

  • Why should infants take swim lessons?

    Did you know that the #1 cause of death for children under the age of 5 in California is drowning? The statistics, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, are startling.

    69% of drownings occurred while one or both parents were responsible for supervision. 65% occurred in a pool owned by the child’s family 77% of the children had been seen 5 minutes or less before being missed and subsequently discovered in the pool.

    Obviously, constant vigilance is required most, as well as childproof gates and securely locked doors to family pools. However, the sooner a child can learn to swim, the better chance they’ll survive a fall into pool and propel their way to safety.

  • Can you "drown proof" my child?

    There’s no such thing as drown proofing. Everyone, even the best swimmer in the world is vulnerable to drowning. Accidents, poor decisions, and even muscle cramps can spell disaster. That is why no one should ever swim alone or unsupervised. Moreover, adults may compromise on safety if they believe that children can be "drown proofed."

  • How do I know which class level is best for my child?

    Claudine’s Private swim school offers a number of different class levels, all with specific pre-requisites and goals. We would be happy to evaluate your child to make sure you register for the proper class. However, if your child turns out to be more advanced or less experienced then evaluated, we will move your child to a level more suited to his or her abilities.

  • What should I bring to the 1st day of class?

    All your child needs on the first day of class is a swimsuit and a towel. If your child is not yet potty-trained, he will also need to wear a non-disposable swim diaper. Goggles are always a good idea, especially if your child has sensitive eyes, as they will allow the child to see underwater. Swim diapers, goggles, and other swimming paraphernalia are available for purchase at Claudine’s Private Swim School.

  • When is it time to stop swim lessons?

    There are 3 milestones in Claudine’s Private Swim School that every parent should consider before stopping swim lessons:

    Safety - The minimum skills for safe swimming occur after the completion of the Intermediate Swimmers class. At this level, students can swim a safe distance and take a few rhythmic breaths independently. Prior to this level, the student is not able to swim far enough to cough or redirect their navigation as necessary.

    Stroke Acquisition - Beyond the minimal standard to keep them safe, your child can learn new strokes, breathing techniques, swimming skills, and survival techniques. These can all be learned in our Advanced Intermediate classes and above.

    Expert Swimming - To be considered an expert swimmer, your child must be able to consecutively swim two laps of each competitive swim stroke. This must be done with the proper techniques and without stopping.