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The FUNdamentals

Parkland Swimming Club is offering our swim lesson program year-round! 

Check out the Lesson Calendar!
 

  • At PSC, our primary goal is to teach swimming, but the process of learning how to swim, results in so much more than that!  We emphasize the proper techniques of swimming, giving special attention to the fundamentals of correct breathing, body position, kicking and safety skills. Our program also teaches the four competitive strokes, starts and turns. This means your child learns the right way the first time, resulting not only in increased confidence and self-esteem, but also safety and fitness. 

 

  • Our lessons are currently for ages 4-12 years old, with the goal of proficiency in the four strokes, which would allow them to seamlessly transition to the swim team.  After completion of Learn-to-Swim Levels 1-4, your swimmer will be ready for Futures, the first level of the swim team.

 

  • We offer lessons in a small group format, with no more than 3 or 4 students per instructor. Lessons are held once per week and each lesson is 25 minutes long, which allows for a few minutes of transition time between groups and answers to any quick questions you may have.  Sessions will be approximately 5-8 weeks long, based on pool and instructor availability, holidays and the high school calendar. Class Fee is based on number of lessons in the session.

 

  • Things to consider before registering:
    • We utilize the Parkland High School Natatorium, which is set at a temp meant for training high school swimmers - between 78-80 degrees. This may feel chilly to your child.
    • Our pool is in high demand. It may be loud and there may be lots of people.
    • We are not a facility that is conducive to brand new, tentative swimmers. They should be comfortable putting their faces in, getting their heads wet and going under while blowing bubbles. We do not allow goggles or masks that enclose the nose. They should be able to jump in (may have a hand held) and get splashed. If your child is only used to swimming with floaties, they may be much more hesitant or overly confident and may not quite be ready for this setting. See here why swim lessons are preferred to floaties.
    • Group lessons require that your child be able to wait safely on the wall or island and listen attentively for the skills they are to be working on.
    • Evaluations are now a requirement. Please contact us here to schedule an evaluation before you desire to register for the next session. This enables you to make sure you register your child for the correct level (Remember: no refunds for wrong level placement and no guarantee of availability for appropriate level). It also lets you see if this is the right program for your child. If they are not willing or able to demonstrate their skills during an eval or if they find the water too chilly, then you'll know this is not the right program for them at this time.

 

  • PSC is not able to offer make-ups or refunds for missed classes; only those cancelled by PSC.  If lessons must be cancelled due to inclement weather or any other unforeseen reason, a make-up date will be offered.  If we cancel, we will email the address in your account. You must VERIFY your account in order to receive emails.

 

  • Our instructors follow a detailed lesson plan and students will be assessed at the beginning and end of each session.  Each student will have to achieve all requirements of their current level before moving on to the next level. It is entirely possible that a student will have to remain in a level for more than one session in order to fully accomplish all objectives of that level, especially as our Levels are somewhat condensed. 

Learning skills vary among children and each child will progress at their own pace.  Readiness is influenced by many different factors, including physical development, previous experiences, parental attitudes and individual preferences. Year-round practice, regular supervised exposure to water and positive encouragement are ways parents can help their child progress.  We will allow your child to take the lessons at his/her pace by staying upbeat while also challenging them and we encourage you to do the same. To make sure your child does learn to swim well, be sure to have them complete all of the Learn-To-Swim levels.