Choosing a Swim School

Learning to swim can reduce the risk of drowning by 88% if children participate in formal swimming lessons between ages 1 – 4. Swimming has also shown to improve sleep quality, increase cognitive skills development, and offer a healthy activity for growing bodies. But where do you start in looking for a swim school? Here are some things to look for: 

  • Developmentally and age appropriate activities and learning
  • A positive and fun environment that focuses on the needs of the learner
  • Progressive development with rewards along the way to keep your swimmer motivated and excited to learn, remember learning to swim is a process
  • A friendly and helpful staff that is inclusive and strives to meet your family’s needs, one that includes parents in the process
  • A safe environment with vigilant supervision by staff with completed background checks, proper use of equipment and water safety training included in lessons
  • Well qualified staff with ongoing training
  • A clean facility that includes clear, well sanitized water
  • Small class sizes for young children and beginners as well as shorter lessons in warm water for young children
  • Professionalism, including participation in a national association such as the US Swim School Association