2018 Infant Aquatics Parent Handbook and Lesson Guidelines

Kansas City Swim Academy 

and Infant  Aquatics, Inc.

Parent Handbook and Lesson Guidelines


Never consider a child water safe or drown proofed!  All children should be carefully supervised when in or around water no matter how much training they have received.



  1. Parents, you and your children’s safety are your responsibility totally until the instructor takes your child out of your hands and into the water in a scheduled training exercise.  There is no lifeguard on duty.  KC Swim Academy and Infant Aquatics, Inc. (KCSA), the management and the property owners assume no responsibility for you, your children or visitors that may be with you either in the pool area, parking lot or on the way to or from lessons.
  2. Children waiting for their lessons or dressing after lessons, as well as any other children brought to the pool, must be closely supervised.  Do not leave children unattended for any reason.  Children are not allowed to roam around the pool area.  Parents must accompany and supervise their children in the bathroom.  Please hold onto your child when walking to and from your car.

You must assume responsibility in explaining all rules and regulations of the pool facilities to any visitors or babysitters.



  1. For your child’s safety and as a courtesy to everyone else, all children need to wear disposable swim diapers of any kind unless the child the is fully toilet trained. Remove diaper and dress your child in his/her swim diaper.  Swimsuits are optional.  If your child has long hair, try to braid it, tie it back and use barrettes to keep the hair out of her eyes.  Swim caps are the most effective method of keeping hair out of eyes and are also available for purchase.  
  2. Be sure to bring two large, dry towels.  After lessons, your child should be dried and dressed in warm clothes.  Use a warm blow dryer, if necessary, to dry hair.  Please arrange your schedule so that you do not have to rush a cold, wet baby or child outside.
  3. DO NOT FEED YOUR CHILD FOR TWO HOURS PRECEDING HIS LESSON.  DO NOT ALLOW FRUIT, VEGETABLES, MEAT OR MILK PRODUCTS FOR SIX HOURS BEFORE THE LESSONS (THIS INCLUDES FORMULA, MILK, EGGS, CHEESE AND YOGURT).  Breast milk, Rice Dream, toast and cereal (without fruit or nuts) may be given two hours before a lesson.  Some children swallow a lot of air and some water during the lessons.  When the stomach is distended the muscles tighten up across the abdomen and a child will burp.  If there is food in the stomach when this happens, the food will come out with the air and the child will spit up in the pool.  The pool filtration system will clear the pool quickly, so if this happens to your child, do not be frightened or distressed.  This happens to some children regardless and is not anything to worry about but controlling feedings just before the lessons will help.  You can usually expect an increase in appetite and longer naps as a result of this exercise.  Please allow for good naps and try to avoid going shopping right after a lesson.



  1. Each child progresses at a different pace, has a different personality and is at a different stage of development and coordination.  Some will be very quick to acquire new skills and others who may have a fear of water or who have learned ineffective behaviors in the water may take a little more time.  Personality also plays a key factor in learning.  An instructor will not rush a child, nor allow the parents to do so.  Usually babies 12 to 24 months are doing very well after four or five weeks of lessons.  Older children typically progress more quickly than these younger babies, particularly children over 4 years who receive 20 minute private lessons. Since you will be present during each lesson, you should have a good idea of what your child is and is not capable of doing.
  2. Whatever the case, we teach each student with a gentle and encouraging approach, recognizing that each child is uniquely different.  Your child may learn one skill quickly and then it may take longer to acquire another skill.  Like dance, sports skills or learning a musical instrument, learning to swim is a process that must be nurtured and developed over time.  It is a motor skill that will improve with consistent exposure, repetition and practice.  You may also notice that your child will learn some skills quickly and then be hesitant to learn anything new.  This is perfectly normal for children (and adults too!).  Once a child has accomplished a skill, they will want to do it again and again.  Just as we would, he/she feels secure, confident and proud of their accomplishments.  Rest assured that acquisition of new skills and allowing your child to feel confident with his/her ability in the water will be kept in balance throughout the learning process.



It is important to note that there are different reasons for crying and different degrees of crying.  A certain amount of crying or complaining is to be expected from most beginners and is not cause for concern.  At first, your child may show some reluctance.  A positive attitude from Mom or Dad will go a long way in reassuring a reluctant child.  You will see that as skills are developed, your child will settle into the lesson routine and may very well begin to enjoy his/her newfound skills.  Our instructors use a variety of methods so that each child gains trust in the instructor and in the lesson process.

Important:  We believe no child should be subjected to a fearful or intimidating learning environment.  However, it is unrealistic to say that children never cry during swimming lessons.  In some instances babies may become tired or hungry during the lesson and sometimes they may cry as a means of complaining about having to work in the water.  Frequently they cry because they are learning new skills, which they have yet to master.  These cries are very different than a fearful cry and our instructors are in tune to those differences.  It is important for parents to offer enthusiastic support, not sympathy, for their child’s efforts and hard work.



If you believe your child has any medical condition that might reasonably affect his/her safe participation in lessons, please explain the condition on your enrollment form and have your child’s physician provide a written clearance to swim before lessons begin.



Some of the more common causes of early fear of the water have to do with the way parents or caregivers relate to children in and around water.  Being involved in water activities before being properly skilled, having parents who are afraid of the water and who have either knowingly or unknowingly communicated this fear to their children, being raised in an environment that prohibits childhood water play, whether as a result of lack of opportunity or parental actions and experiencing or witnessing a traumatic water incident can all cause very valid fears in young children.  Because we understand this, we commit to be relaxed, patient and understanding toward your child, provide a reasonable amount of control to a frightened child and create a positive learning environment with praise, toys and activities that promote the learn-to-swim process.



Swimming lessons are approximately 15 minutes in length, four days per week, Monday through Thursday for children unless instructor says otherwise. Since your lessons are short, it is helpful that you arrive 10 to 15 minutes before your scheduled time.  This allows sufficient time to have your child ready to go into the water (without rushing) at the scheduled time.  If you are late, the instructor will try to fit you in whenever possible but your lesson time might be shortened.  Consistency is a very important ingredient of the program.  Steady attendance will increase your child’s rate of progress.  Because of heavy scheduling, we will do our best to offer make-up lessons.  If you find you have a conflict on a certain day, it may be possible to make advance arrangements with another parent to switch you lesson time.  Sometimes it may be possible to add you to the end of the instructor’s schedule.  Please talk with your instructor if this should occur.



Adult visitors are welcome to observe lessons.  It is best to check with the instructor to determine how this might affect your child’s progress.  Your cooperation in this matter will be greatly appreciated.  



It’s normal and healthy for children to “teach” their teddy bears, dolls, siblings and friends how to “look at my hand”, “get the wall”, “keep your chin on your speed button”, or “splash your legs”.  They also at times hide or throw their swimming suits out of car windows while traveling 40 mph.  Be prepared (pack extra suit and clothes in your swim bag), it may happen to you – STAY COOL.  When you tell the family about it that evening, it really will be funny.



  1. Babies need updates not because they will forget their skills but because they outgrow them.  Particularly during the first two years, rapid growth causes a shift in a baby’s center of gravity, affecting his ability to float.  Updates, or refreshers, are similar to a well baby pediatric check up; they allow your instructor to readjust the float position and keep your child’s swimming skills sharp.
  2. Your child should retain most of what he learns after being out of the water for up to a six months.  However, he will likely lose his self-confidence if he is out of the water for even a short time.  Experience indicates that children 12 months and older who participate in our group classes immediately following initial lessons and continue for a year seldom require refresher lessons.  However, without the opportunity to swim with our instructors, you may find that your child will cry, cling and refuse to use his skills.  DON’T PANIC!  He/she has not forgotten all.  After only a few days of brush-up lessons, all will be well.  Children have many fears, some which stem from a lack of confidence.  During refresher lessons, they will soon regain the needed confidence and know they CAN do it!  Have patience.



KCSA offers level 1 through pre-competitive lessons for adults and children 5 years and up.  These lessons are held at Shawnee Mission East (75th and Mission) in Prairie Village, KS throughout the school year.  Summer locations vary.  Lessons are held on Sundays for 30 minutes between 5-7PM on a monthly basis.


The Kansas City Swim Academy was started in 1984 by Mary Jo Klier and is still going strong today.  Go to for more information.



Once your child begins lessons, you are expected to pay for the six week program of 15 minute lessons.  Heavy scheduling makes it difficult to offer make up lessons.  However, options are available.  If you know your child is going to be ill for an extended period of time or you are planning a vacation, you may give up your time and go into a “first priority waiting list”.  As soon as you are ready to come back into lessons, the next available time slot will be offered to you.  We will do our best to accommodate your schedule.  With this procedure, you do not pay tuition and your instructor is not standing idle in the water.  If you choose to have your spot held, you may do so by continuing to pay your tuition.  If you have paid for the time --- it is yours.  If a child is ill for a day or two, most parents choose to have their spot held.  It is important for you to watch your child’s health during lessons



Please do not start your child in this program unless you fully intend to complete the entire learning process.  Once your child begins lessons, the balance of your tuition is non-refundable if you withdraw your child.  These funds would, however, stay on your record and you could use them at any time in the future.


The reason for this firm financial responsibility is – the initial training period is a very critical time of adaptation to a new environment, instructor and technique for you and your child.  It can be a time of very low self-confidence in the water because the child has not had time to acquire and perfect his/her skills in the aquatic environment.  If the child’s lessons are terminated during this time, the foremost thing the child will remember about the water is that lack of self-confidence in and around water.  One of our instructors’ specialties is working with children with water fear problems and we do not want to be involved in putting a child in that situation.  Therefore, make sure that this program is for you (we know it is for your child) before you register, then stay with it and support your child in every way until he/she is skilled and read to participate in group classes.



    -  Please respect the facility by cleaning up any food remnants.

    -  No running around the pool at any time by anyone.

    -  Please use the parking area directly in front of our space.

    -  Please be considerate when parking your car and pay close attention 

        to your children.

  • Please throw used diapers away.
  • Due to liability issues; No siblings or other persons will be allowed in the pool except the child at the time of their scheduled lessons.



If you need to contact Suzanne call (913) 486-4457 and she will be happy to speak with you.  If you ever have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call.  We want this program to be a positive experience for everyone involved!