Frequently Asked Questions
We specialize in private swim lessons, at the same time of day, the same day of the week, each week. That means that each child has the opportunity to truly bond with their instructors, and that bond leads to great confidence and accelerated learning. Rather than spending time waiting on the wall for other kids to practice, each swimmer is the focus of their entire lesson. At the beginning of your child’s first lesson, the instructor will assess your child’s abilities, and go from there. Each child is treated wholly as an individual, and we strive to make each lesson fun and focused on safety and skills.
With recurring lessons, your spot is held for you each week — your child returns at the same day+time with the same instructor each week. That means that your child gets the benefit of consistency and predictability. For young children especially, that consistency can make a huge difference.
Drop-in lessons can be scheduled as often as you like, even up to the day of the lesson. With drop-in lessons you have the flexibility of not committing to a day and time. We don’t guarantee day+time+instructor consistency, but it’s a great way to get your kids in the water if you are waiting for recurring time slot to open or if you want your child to brush up on a few skills. Instructors also take notes about each swimmer after their lessons — noting any progress or shifts in the swimmer’s capabilities.
Most of our kids come in for a 30 minute lesson once or twice a week. Children under one year of age can enroll for a 15 minute lesson. If you have two or more kids, we are always happy to try and get them an overlap lesson so that they are in the pool at the same time with different instructors.
There are so many variables to a child’s progress in swimming that there isn’t a general answer to this question. It depends on whether your child loves the water or is fearful to get in; their desire to learn; and how they learn. Just like in other activities and developmental stages, different children progress at different rates. It also depends on what your goals are for them: is it just to get them water safe, or is it to be ready for swim team? The benefit of private lessons is that we tailor the lessons based on their needs, which results in faster progress. We are always happy to talk about your goals and figure out the best plan of action.
Because it’s all one-on-one instruction, we do not have parents get in the water. This will help your child develop a bond with their instructor, leading to a more positive swim experience. Parents are welcome to sit in the viewing gallery and watch lessons!
Your child’s instructor will reserve the last few minutes every couple of lessons to check in with you and what they are working on, their lesson plan for the next couple of lessons, and any other feedback and progress.
If you have questions or concerns that you don’t feel like are being addressed by the instructor, feel free to talk to the deck assistant, or call or email us. Our number one goal is for your child to have a productive and fun time at swim lessons!
Of course! We have a comfortable viewing gallery with chairs, magazines, and a kids play area!
Many children cry for their parents during lessons. It’s totally normal and typically has to do with separation anxiety and being in a new environment with new sensory experiences.
Although each child progresses at a different pace, generally the tears stop around the fourth lesson, after they’ve begun to bond with their instructor. Until then, our instructors might ask you to step out of the viewing gallery, out of sight, so your child can focus on the lesson and begin to connect with the instructor. We know tears can be hard to sit through, but make sure to remain positive and upbeat about lessons and swimming. It’s so worth it once they start to love lessons!
If your child persists to cry after five lessons, please let us know so we can brainstorm the best way to move forward!
Yes! Please reference our swim diaper policy. If your child is not accident-free for a month, we require that they wear two layers of swim diapers: a Finis swim diaper under a Splash About Happy Nappy.
According to the CDC, no swim diaper holds fecal material beyond 3-5 minutes. By wearing snug fitting diapers we hope to get the full 5 minutes so we can get the kiddo out of the pool in time.
We have swim diapers available for purchase, or both are easily accessible online.
We do our best to accommodate instructor requests! There are times where we might not be able to meet the request, but all of our instructors have years of experience working with children and teaching swim lessons, and we work to match your child to an instructor that we feel is best suited to their learning style and skill level.
We try to be as flexible as possible if your kiddo is sick on your lesson day. If your child is sick, we must have notice by 8am in order for you to reschedule your lesson. This gives us enough time to let the instructor know and try and fill the spot or move the schedule around. We still need to pay the instructors for their time, so thank you in advance for understanding when we can’t reschedule.
Just a swimsuit and a towel! We have goggles, toys and everything else the kids need for their lesson!
Please refrain from giving your kids dairy or fruit for about an hour before swimming. It causes upset tummies especially if they are swallowing air or water, and can be very uncomfortable, often resulting in throw up or poop.
STATE OF THE ART
Little Kickers Swim School’s pool is state-of-the-at and we ensure that our pool is clean and warm for swimming every second of the day. We circulate the water in our pool at 500 gallons per minute which, given our pool’s size, is 6 times what is required by the Colorado Health Department. Out pool is maintained at a comfortable 90 degrees because a child that is warm will learn to swim more easily.
CLEAN AND CLEAR
Our UV sanitation system, working in tandem with our computer controlled chemical system, allows us to keep chlorine levels low and removes the cholramines that cause red eyes and skin irritation. UV light can destroy up to 99.9% of microorganisms such a Giardia and Cryptosporidium that chlorine at high levels won’t kill.
PERFECT TEMP, EASY VIEWING
The air temperature of our pool area is maintained at 92 degrees. A large glass wall provides optimal viewing, so you can easily watch your child’s progress every step of the way.
FUN WHILE YOU WAIT
Our fully stocked play area keeps the little ones busy while waiting for their lessons, and with private changing rooms and bathrooms to choose from, getting your swimmer ready for the pool is a breeze.
Our swimming pool area can definitely get loud, especially afternoons right after school gets out and on the weekends. It can be bustling, with lots of excited children getting their energy out and enjoying the pool. For children with sensory sensitivities, we definitely recommend bringing them in at quieter times of day, if possible. But we want to make sure you’re informed so you can choose the best time for lessons for your sound-sensitive child.
Are your questions not listed above? Send us a message and we’ll answer any questions you may have!