Hi Aqua Families!
As your children go through the process of learning the undeniably important life skill of learning how to swim, there are steps you can take o make your trips to the pool as smooth as possible. Since we as instructors live at the pool, we wanted to share some of our favorite tips for a perfect pool visit!
- At Home
The first step to a perfect pool visit happens before you even leave your home. There’s nothing worse than getting all the way to the pool and realizing you forgot a towel or even your bathing suit. Be sure to double-check for these important items! If you’re simply going to be watching from the side of the pool you still need to think about bringing the proper footwear to keep your feet clean on the pool deck. It’s also against the rules of every city pool to wear outdoor shoes on the pool deck.
Goggles can help our older swimmers (Level 5 and up) stay away from eye irritation as they complete laps in the deep end of the pool. Lastly, if you are planning on using a locker to store your belongings while on deck, remember to bring a quarter to lock things up!
- At the Pool
Ok, you’ve got everything you need and now you’re walking out on to the deck of the pool with your youngsters who are ready to hop in! But wait! Letting your child go near the water before their lesson starts can be very dangerous. Luckily, there’s an easy way to tell if your child is tall enough to enter the water without a parent or guardian. When you walk out of the change room there is a thick red line either painted on or fastened to the wall. The height of that line is equal to the depth of the pool’s shallow end. Looking at your family as you walk out of the change room gives the lifeguards a good idea of who can and who is allowed in the water alone and who is not immediately. But feel free to check for yourself! If your child’s shoulders are above the top of that red line, then they are welcome to hop in and wait for their instructor in the water. If not, then they must wait with you on the seating outside the pool. Even sitting on the steps into the water counts as being ‘in the pool’. Take the time to watch some other swimmers so that your little ones will get excited about the skills that they will be learning in the future!
- During the Lesson
We always encourage parents of our swimmers to watch their child’s lesson. Our students always seem to swim better when their parents are there cheering them on from the sidelines! Our instructors will always come to fill you in on what’s being worked on after every class so don’t scoot away too quickly as it may take them a minute to work their way down to you.
So there you have it! By following these simple tips, you can make sure to get the most out of your time at the pool and most importantly, stay safe in the process!