Now offered at
Juanita Aquatics Center
Redmond Pool &
Our program and how we
approach to teaching swimming is based on elements of a method that
has been in practice for over twenty years. WAVE has adopted some
of the finer points of this program and incorporated them into our
own, proven philosophy on teaching children of all ages to be
program is based on repetition and layers, an approach which we
believe maximizes a child’s ability to learn and retain new
skills. Just like learning math skills in school, we start
with the simple basics. Once those skills have been mastered, we
add progressively more challenging, but related skills. Each
level is intricately related to the level before it and the level
after. Our lesson plans also take advantage of the power of
repetition in a learning environment.
understand well that for a child to attain a more solid mastery of
new skills, their exposure in the learning environment is best
served as smaller, more manageable pieces of information over a
prolonged period of time. We believe that though participation in a
more intensive program may achieve rapid results in a child
initially, the child’s ability to retain skills over the long
term is significantly decreased. For example, when a child
takes a break after completing a short intensive summer program, it
is understood that they will lose approximately half of what they
learned by the following summer. Taking once a week lessons, year
round, maximizes the child’s ability to retain the skills
they have learned and best prepares them to learn progressively
more advanced skills. Over the long term, students who take lessons
in such a program will enjoy a steadier and more solid development
in their swimming skills and are likely to become happier, more
of the most important aspects of our school is the way that we
teach. In order to boost our students’ confidence, each class
starts with an activity or skill that they already know. This is
the past: previously mastered skills from a ribbon level
they have already attained. About five minutes is spent on
these skills in every class. Next, it is time to begin working on
present skills. These are the new skills that students are
currently trying to master. About fifteen minutes should be spent
on this. The following five minutes of class is spent introducing
future skills, needed to achieve their ribbon in the next
WHY WAVE SWIM
Small class sizes
with no more than 4 students. Small class sizes increase one
on one time and attention from the instructor.
Classes are once a week, year
round. Year round classes yield higher retention of
skills; there are no large gaps in class so there is no loss
of skill levels. Many schools are moving toward a year round
approach for this reason. When children take time off they
lose about 50% of their skills.
No pass or fail, the swim
school style of teaching allows students to progress at their own
rate. Students move up to the next class level once they have
mastered all the skills in the current level.
Classes are taught through layers
and repetition. This way skills are remembered and
retained down the road.
Lessons are 30 minutes in
length. At this length kids stay interested and
stimulated without getting too tired.
Swim school helps students set
goals and work to achieve them.
Classes are taught for ages 6
months and up. WSS offers a Water Babies class
for parents and infants.
Why Wave Swim
Swim School creates a better learning and learning retention
environment for all of its students. The swim school way of
teaching creates repetition and layering which directly relates to
retention. The more the skills are practiced and reviewed, the
more information and skills are retained. We also teach with a
smaller class size: a maximum of four students in each class. This
allows each student more one-on-one time with their instructor. Our
swim school philosophy also eliminates the pass/fail environment.
Swim school allows students to move forward at their own pace. As
they master skills, they will learn new ones; when they master
all of the skills in their current class they will move up to
the next ribbon level. Not all students learn skills at the same
Why are there
only four lessons per month?
school has one 30 minute class each week. This allows the students
to look forward and continue to enjoy class each and every time. In
more intensive programs, students quickly tire of lessons, going to
the pool, and doing the same skills over and over again. Our
philosophy allows them to be continually stimulated by new
material, but also build confidence by reviewing previously
How much are
$80/month for 1x/week classes
Juanita Aquatics Center for JAC for pricing details.
Residents - $80/month for 1x/week classes
$90/month for 1x/week classes
Willows Prep - $85/month for 1x/week classes
Willows Prep Students - $72/month for 1x/week classes
Redmond Pool for pricing details. 425-883-4422
Will there be an
option for 2 times per week?
No, WSS's goal is to
provide small amounts of information over time. In order to
allow students to remain excited and engaged in swim
lessons, it is our experience that once a week is
the best method.
Do I pay a
Wave Swim School does not charge a registration fee. When you
register for WSS you are paying for the classes you will be
attending according to our billing cycle. This may mean that if you
register at the end of a month you may be paying for the end of
that month and the entire following month. If you have
questions please contact the office.
How long are
Lessons are 30
minutes in length. This allows the right amount of time for both
young and novice swimmers to learn and practice skills without
becoming too tired.
When do lessons
will begin lessons immediately following your registration. For
example, if you register on Friday for a Monday class you will
start the first Monday following your class approval.
What is Wave
Swim School's Make Up Policy?
Swim School does have a 'no' make up policy for missed classes.
This means that if you miss a class, Wave Swim School does not
provide make up classes, credits, or refunds for missing
Will my child
feel left behind if his/her class mates move up?
children do not feel left behind because they are in a class with
other students of the same level learning the same skills, and this
allows them to feel included in their class.
How long does it
take to master swimming skills?
learns skills at different rates, however, each week most children
are able to master new skills along with the practice of previously
What are the
benefits of swimming?
is a great sport and exercise activity. In youth, swimming promotes
the physical development of motor pathways, flexibility and
muscular development. Also, as an activity swimming improves the
cardiovascular system and overall coordination.
also learn to set goals and work to achieve them. In each class, we
review, we practice and we introduce new skills. Every student
works to achieve new skills so they may receive their next ribbon
and move forward to the next level.
also creates a great relationship with the water. This can lead to
comfort and confidence in many other water related
can provide a lifetime of fitness.
child can make new friends!
for Disease Control and Prevention
remains the second-leading cause of unintentional injury-related
death for children ages 1-14 years. Majority of drownings and
near-drownings occur in residential swimming pools and in open
the age of 5 and adolescents between the ages if 15-24 have the
highest drowning rates.
cannot prevent drowning. However, having the ability to swim at
least 25 yards and knowledge of self-rescuing techniques,
children are able to better protect themselves from such
When should my
child start with swim school?
sooner your child starts learning to swim, the better. We offer
lessons beginning at 6 months of age and up. By offering year
round lessons, this allows children of all ages at any time during
the year to acquire swimming skills.
is the pool?
pool is held between 80-82 °F
How does my
child stand in the pool?
have ‘tot docks’ which stand anywhere from 1 foot off
the bottom to 2 feet off the bottom, based on need.
Can I stay and
watch swim lessons?
of course. We encourage you to stay and watch. We ask that parents
watch lessons from the comfort of our observation deck at Juanita
Aquatic Center, and the designated area at Redmond. There will
be no parents allowed on deck at either location during lessons.
This allows instructors to maintain the child’s attention and
teach with limited interruption.
What if my child
is not potty trained?
child be in lessons and not yet potty trained we ask that they wear
a re-usable swim diaper.
What should my
appropriately sized swim suit, trunks or board short. Remember
the more material they wear, the more they are weighted down. We
recommend students do not wear rash guards or
What if I want
to take a break from swim lessons?
you wish to discontinue lessons for the following month, for any
reason, notice is required at least 10 days before the end of the
month. This means that if you wish to stop swim lessons in May,
notice is required before April 20th. All suspensions will begin on
the first day of the following month. There are no mid-month
Please call your administrator at
Juanita Aquatics Center 425-936-1627
Please call your administrator at
Redmond Pool 425-883-4422