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How long do you think it will take before my child learns to swim?
Why does the water feel cold when the instructors tell me the temperature is 89 degrees?
How can parents help their children improve their swimming skills?
What age should my child start independent swim lessons?
Tips for a Successful First Aqua Baby Lesson
Proper Hydration – Why are my kids so tired and hungry after swimming?
Swim Suit Damage from Chlorine
Should my child use goggles?
Can we eat before the swim lessons?
Can we swim before the class?
What is water intoxication?
Can germs spread while in the water?
What is “swimmer’s ear”?
What can I do to minimize the possibility of getting swimmers ear?
Are leg cramps anything to be concerned about?
Why is everything very blurry when I open my eyes under water?
Why do some people float better than others?
Why do my ears hurt when I swim to the bottom?
Why do I sometimes have dry, itchy skin after swimming?
What can I expect my child to learn in a pearl class?
Can my child swim with a cold or the flu?
Why do I see halos around lights after swimming?
What should I do if my child cries during swim lessons?



How long do you think it will take before my child learns to swim?  Top

As the parent of a young child you are no doubt aware that each child is an individual and there are very few “rules” when it comes to learning new physical skills. Remember back to when your child learned to walk. Think how long it took them to learn; and they practiced that every day, all day!!! Learning to swim is teaching your child a completely alien motor skill. There are also several fear factors that potentially come into play. Learning to be comfortable in the water, put their face in the water, learning to breath correctly and then to push off from the side and trust the water to hold them up. These are major psychological steps. The Aqua Culture instructors are committed to allowing each child to learn and develop at their own pace. We see learning to swim as part of a bigger picture and we value the opportunity to invest our lives in your children and accomplish our mission of growing happy, healthy responsible kids who love to learn.

Why does the water feel cold when the instructors tell me the temperature is 89 degrees?  Top

Water transfers heat nearly 25 times better than air. That means the body’s heat is leaving it at a rate 25 times faster in water than in air. Thus, 89 degrees Fahrenheit water feels the about the same as 68 degrees Fahrenheit air. As a result, you may feel cold if you don’t swim to generate body heat. This is why we keep the water warm.


How can parents help their children improve their swimming skills?   Top

First, ask him/her to swim using the skills they learned during class. Remember, practice only makes permanent, perfect practice makes perfect. Take advantage of family swim and practice times. Second, encourage him/her to swim with their face in the water. Third, the body should be horizontal in the water when making forward progress. Finally, try to reassure your children that the water is a fun activity.


What age should my child start independent swim lessons?  Top

Our policy is to transition from Pearl classes with parent participation to swim lessons between 2 ½ and 3 years of age. Before this age students are too young to follow directions or to be separated from mom and dad. We recommend starting Pearl classes before 18 months, since about 18 months children begin to develop fears. During Pearl classes both students and parents are taught proper techniques and water adjustment.


Tips for a Successful First Aqua Baby Lesson  Top

Condensed from “The Baby Swim Book” by Cinda L. Kocken & Janet McCabe
o Pack your bag
. - Parent & baby’s swimsuits
. - Accessories to tie hair back
. - Three towels
. - Baby’s snack
. - Lotion
. - Diapering needs
. - Baby’s favorite water-resistant toy
o Arrive early to allow time to acclimatize to the new environment.
o Dress comfortably and familiarize the child with the suit they will be wearing. (Remember children under the age of 5 must wear a cloth snug fitting, reusable swim diaper.)
o Feed your baby a light snack such as a cracker or piece of banana 15 minutes before the lesson and bring a snack for after the lesson. Swimming is hard work.
o Accommodate your child’s nap time and if possible schedule a nap before the lesson.
o Come prepared to participate fully, your interactions and participation will set the tone for your baby’s involvement.

Proper Hydration – Why are my kids so tired and hungry after swimming?  Top

Certainly swimming is a physical activity but ½ hour of swimming often seems to be much more exhausting than ½ hour of other sports activities. If your child is in an upper level class the answer may lie in your water bottle. Proper hydration is very important particularly in a warm water facility like Aqua Culture. It’s easy, and common, to mistakenly figure that because your sweat isn’t obvious, that it’s not happening. You can sweat off 6 to 8 ounces every 15 minutes in the pool. Following are some Smart Swimmers Drinking Rules:
1. Take a healthy swig of fresh water (not pool water) every 15 minutes.
2. Prehydrate. Drink 2 to 3 cups of water an hour before swimming.
3. Drink before you are thirsty.
Staying fully hydrated will also help with the post swim munchies.


Swim Suit Damage from Chlorine  Top

It’s a fact that swimsuits fade and disintegrate as a result of repeated low-level chlorine exposure. However, recent research indicates that more of the suit damage is actually caused by body fats and oils released as a result of warm water exposure than from sanitizer-oxidizer exposure. Good quality suits (as compared to “lay-on-the-beach-and-get-a-tan suits) are now manufactured from chlorine resistance materials like Lycra and Antron. For reference purposes, our target chlorine level is 2.0-3.0 parts per million (ppm) and typical addition of 8 ounces of Clorox to your washing machine raises the chlorine level to approximately 80 ppm. The key to long swimsuit life is rinsing in cool water immediately after use and drying without heat. Take advantage of the SuitMate spin dryer located next to the water fountain in the changing area.

Should my child use goggles?  Top

Some children’s eyes are more sensitive than others, and therefore would significantly benefit from goggles. The best rule to follow when making this decision is whether or not the child will fully participate in aquatic activities without the use of goggles. If the answer is no, we suggest trying a pair.


Can we eat before the swim lessons?  Top

Try to avoid food and drink immediately before any aquatic (or any physical) activity as this may cause your child to develop cramps and become sick, at the same time try not to bring your child to the class hungry.


Can we swim before the class?  Top

We would suggest no, as you may overexpose your child that may result in your child becoming reluctant to participate in the lesson. Please make every effort to bring your child to their lesson well rested and ready for a fun learning experience.


What is water intoxication?  Top

The swallowing of large quantities of water can cause water intoxication. In an organized aqua baby class this is not common but it has occurred and is a risk in the following situations: (1) prolonged class time, or (2) where your child is extremely frightened. The initial symptom is likely to be impaired consciousness or unusual behavior followed by seizures. The Pearl classes are designed with this in mind and the class length and limits on submersions are part of our effort to make this a safe learning environment.


Can germs spread while in the water?  Top

Of course. A warm swimming pool can be a fertile breeding ground for all sorts of organisms, especially when young children occupy the water. That is why we use both chlorine residual and an ozonator to insure that the water is


What is “swimmer’s ear”?  Top

Swimmers ear is a painful inflammation of the outer ear canal. If water remains in the ear canal for many hours, conditions may be conducive for the growth of bacteria. Swimmers ear, however, is not a common occurrence.


What can I do to minimize the possibility of getting swimmers ear?  Top

A pool with a properly maintained chemical balance will not support the growth of bacteria. The absence of bacteria in the pool goes a long way toward eliminating swimmers ear and this is one of the reasons that we are so fanatical about keeping our water clean. Students should be sure that the ear canal is free of water after leaving the pool. Commercially prepared solutions of isopropyl alcohol and boric acid are available at most pharmacies and may be helpful for those whose ears do not drain readily.


Are leg cramps anything to be concerned about?  Top

Cramps are uncomfortable, but they will not endanger your life unless you panic. The best remedy is to massage the effected area or carefully stretch the involved muscles. Be particularly careful about over use of specific muscles through activities like kicking with fins.


Why is everything very blurry when I open my eyes under water?  Top

Based on the normal vision standard of 20/20, vision underwater is 20/4000 without the aid of goggles or a mask. Most states consider persons with 20/200 vision to be legally blind. The use of goggles will restore normal vision underwater and also help to protect the eyes from the potentially irritating effects of chlorinated water.


Why do some people float better than others?  Top

With few exceptions everyone floats, however, most people think that they are the exception. The degree of buoyancy is dependent upon several factors: the ratio of fatty tissue to muscle tissue; the amount of bone mass; and lung capacity. Generally, persons who are physically fit are less buoyant. The goal of Aqua Culture is to teach proper body position and balance so that each swimmer can maximize their buoyancy.


Why do my ears hurt when I swim to the bottom?  Top

Water weighs approximately 60 pounds per cubic foot. It is this weight that causes the sensation of pressure. Water pressure increases by one-half pound per square inch per each foot of depth.


Why do I sometimes have dry, itchy skin after swimming?  Top

Some people are naturally more sensitive to the chemicals that are used in a pool's purification system. There are some very important steps you can take to help prevent any adverse reactions. To protect skin and hair, you should always shower before and after using the facility. Ideally, showering should occur without soap and with cool water. This helps to cut down on any contaminants that you may be bringing into the pool as well as any with which you may leave. To prevent excessive drying of your skin and the development of any rashes, apply baby oil or highly emollient lotions to your body after showering. Vanicreme, a lotion which many swim instructors have found effective, is sold in our pro shop. This is especially important if you have sensitive skin. If you use these preventative measures each time you swim in chlorine, you should not have a problem with how your skin reacts.


What can I expect my child to learn in a pearl class?  Top

Games are the basic ingredient of any program with young children and their repetition helps build skills. The primary objective of these Parent-Child classes is to provide a safe, enjoyable environment where your child can build self-confidence, a proper respect for the water and prevent the development of undo fears. Over the period of several terms your child can learn to safely submerge and eventually float unsupported and “swim” several feet working up to a submersion of 7 seconds.


Can my child swim with a cold or the flu?  Top

These are potentially two different questions. As a guideline, you should not be in the pool if you have a fever, if you have a cold with a sore throat, or diarrhea. If you have a “cold” with no sore throat or fever, you may swim but be careful about the level of activity.

Why do I see halos around lights after swimming?  Top

Many swimmers see halos or rainbows around lights after fifteen minutes of entering the pool. This is nothing to be concerned about and is the result of water being absorbed into the eyes. The water in the pool has less salt than the fluids in your eyes (tears) and as a result the pool water moves into your eyes by osmotic pressure. This water accumulates in the clear part of your eye and this temporary swelling is called corneal edema. Some cells are lost off the surface of the cornea causing the symptoms of blurred vision and sensitivity to light (photophobia). After leaving the pool your eyes may remain more sensitive to light and irritants like smoke for a short period. These effects usually disappear within 30 minutes of leaving the pool. Using goggles will help to lessen the temporary effects of corneal edema.

What should I do if my child cries during swim lessons?  Top

It's hard to know what to do when your child cries during the swim class. A part of you wants to go rescue your child. But, another part of you wants your child to "tough it out" and gain victory over this fear. You may feel embarrassment to have a child who is so unhappy, and you are hopeful he/she doesn't disrupt the class too much. Crying is not uncommon and is a natural expression of his/her emotional discomfort due to immersion in the water or separation from you. We will actively combat your child's discomfort because his/her emotional comfort will greatly affect the acquisition of new swim skills.
Suggestions on how you help:
- Give your child to the instructor.
Walk your child out on deck and hand him/her over to the teacher. Then calmly walk back to the viewing room with a pleasant expression on your face. By handing your child over to the teacher, you are telling your child that you trust the teacher.
- Hide In The Observation Room
If your crying child continually looks at you and calls to you in the observation room, break eye contact. This can easily be done by looking at a magazine or book every time your child looks at you. Keep a pleasant expression on your face. We prefer that you not hide from your child or disappear from the viewing room.
- Play with them in the water.
Come to a family swim or practice time and play with them in the water to speed the adjustment period. Don’t make this a mini lesson, just have fun and enjoy the water together. Do not come for practice time immediately before the lesson. That is like putting dessert before dinner.
- Praise and encouragement
After lessons is very important! Don't forget children are actually learning even if they are crying. Muscles are being built, coordination is increased, correct patterns are developing in the brain, and breathing control is increased
- How Long Is Too Long?
How long is too long for your child to cry in swim lessons? On average, most crying swim students have stopped after the third lesson. At the very least you should notice that the crying is diminishing. If not, it is possible that your child may need a private lesson. Some children are much more comfortable with the undivided attention of a caring teacher.




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