FAQ's for SwimAmerica, a simple, and highly effective method for teaching children to swim well for safety fun and fitness!

SwimAmerica was designed by America's foremost experts on swimming, our professional swim coaches. This is a progressive station method designed to help children learn to swim quickly and efficiently. We teach all children to swim well with carefully designed goal driven and technique oriented skill stations that make learning fun and easy.

Why SwimAmerica?

You'll find two critically important features in SwimAmerica learn to swim. First, we're technique oriented. We teach your child to swim like the pros with expert technique from the very first day in the water. They'll start with learning how to blow bubbles and progress through every skill that an Olympic Swimmer will learn when they learned to swim. 

Second, we're goal-directed. Our coaches focus on critical skill achievement, in every class.  All learning is individualized so your child can progress at their pace and as quickly as they are able. There is no waiting in classes while those slower in development catch up.  That's crucial when your child's safety is at stake. 

SwimAmerica is run by professional swimming coaches. And your child's progress will prove it. You can ask us how long it will take for your child to reach any of our skill levels and they will tell you averages for that age group and gender.  Then go compare those answers other swim programs. Ask for details, for statistics on improvement and compare, 

When should my child learn to swim? 

Swim lessons should begin early, as possible. Initially, the child will not learn to swim per se. They will be learning to roll over, float on their backs to be able to breathe and other important safety skills. Young children, because of the weight of their head and body proportions, can't readily "learn to swim." What you want, is to keep them safe. We do that by teaching them to surface when underwater, roll onto their backs, maintain themselves and breathe until help arrives. History shows that this response does save lives, they "buy time" needed for a caregiver to realize that the child has gone missing. Many tragedies have occurred when a child could not perform the rollover and float skill.  

How frequently should my child take swim lessons?

At SwimAmerica we recommend swim lessons once a week for the following reasons:
- Once a week swim lessons over time are easy on both the family budgets and busy schedules
- One a week over time ensures your child gets time to learn and retain important lifetime water safety and swim skills.

Should my child take group or private lessons?

At SwimAmerica we favor group swim lessons for children who are ready to learn in a small group setting. However, not all children learn best in group lessons. Parents must take into account their child's temperament and learning style. Private or semi-private lessons are available at most SwimAmerica Swim Schools.

What about the cost of SwimAmerica swim lessons?

You will find SwimAmerica swim lessons are priced comparable to other outstanding children's lessons in your area. Swimming lessons are the most important children's activity or lesson purchase you will ever make for your child, because it will save their life. 

What can my child expect the first day of SwimAmerica swim lessons?

At SwimAmerica you will find our swim coaches take a caring approach to teaching children to swim. Coaches are trained to help reluctant children to adapt to the learn to swim environment.

How will I know when my child can swim well? 

In SwimAmerica, we use a high standard to define "knowing how to swim". We are in business to save lives. To stay alive would mean a person can maintain themselves indefinitely in the water. To do so requires the ability to exhale used air and inhale new air. That's called aerobic swimming. (just like being able to talk while you run!) Our standard is for a person to be able to swim 300 yards non-stop, and master the 6 different styles of swimming.

300 yards seems like that would be very difficult?

Scientists have found that humans can swim 200 yards without being able to breathe effectively. But without the ability to breathe effectively, eventually, that swimmer will get in trouble, and possibly endanger their life. We went 1/3 beyond that point to set our standard of 300 yards of non-stop swimming. The goal takes time. But it can save your child's life. That's worth the investment of time. After all, learning to swim well is the gift your child will use for a lifetime.

How can I find a SwimAmerica location near me? 

Go to the locations section of this website, you'll find the locations of SwimAmerica programs. You can also email kking@swimamerica.org for more specific information on the site near you. 

There is no SwimAmerica program near me. Can you help me select the best available learn to swim program in my community?

Here are a few questions we recommend you ask at any program you're considering attending.*
1. What is the typical teacher-student ratio? 1:4 or 5 is good.  
2. What is their teachers level of expertise and how long has the instructor been teaching?
3. Will my child progress at her own rate, or have to wait for the group to learn a particular skill?
4. What safety skills are taught? Roll over and float is an essential safety skill. Is this skill taught? 
5. Ask to watch lessons, Are all the instructors caring and attentive? Do they know how to manage small learning groups safely. 

* Safety supervision with a lifeguard or site supervisor are assumed vital and assumed visible.