Frequently Asked Questions:
Why Wave Swim School?
Wave 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 rate.
Why are there only four lessons per month?
Swim 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 mastered skills.
How much are lessons?
Juanita - $80/month for 1x/week classes
Please call Juanita Aquatics Center for JAC for pricing details. 425-936-1627
Redmond Residents - $80/month for 1x/week classes
Non-residents - $90/month for 1x/week classes
Willows Prep - $85/month for 1x/week classes
Willows Prep Students - $72/month for 1x/week classes
Please call 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.
Juanita Aquatics Center 425-936-1627
Redmond Pool 425-883-4422
Do I pay a registration fee?
No, 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.
Redmond Pool 425-883-4422
Juanita Aquatics Center 425-936-1627
How long are lessons?
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 start?
You 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?
Wave 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 class.
Will my child feel left behind if his/her class mates move up?
Most 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?
Every child learns skills at different rates, however, each week most children are able to master new skills along with the practice of previously mastered skills.
What are the benefits of swimming?
· Swimming is FUN!
· 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.
· Swimmers 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.
· Swimming also creates a great relationship with the water. This can lead to comfort and confidence in many other water related activities.
· Swimming can provide a lifetime of fitness.
· Your child can make new friends!
U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention
· Fatal drowning 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 water sites.
· Children under the age of 5 and adolescents between the ages if 15-24 have the highest drowning rates.
Lessons 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 risks.
When should my child start with swim school?
The 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.
What temperature is the pool?
The pool is held between 80-82 °F
How does my child stand in the pool?
We 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?
Yes, 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?
Should your child be in lessons and not yet potty trained we ask that they wear a re-usable swim diaper.
What should my child wear?
An 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 t-shirts.
What if I want to take a break from swim lessons?
If 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 suspensions.