Summer 2020 Information

The 2020 swim lesson season is anticipated to begin May 1st and last until August 31st.

Availability, pricing, and instructors will be announced in late April.  Join our email list to get priority access.

Why Swim Lessons?

Did you know that drowning is the third leading cause of accidental deaths in Arizona?

Children between the ages of one year old and four years old are at the highest risk with over 50% of drowning deaths being in this age group.

Drowning and water-related accidents are preventable. Learning to swim is an important step towards preventing these tragedies.

In-Home Swim Lessons

We teach swim lessons for people 3 years old and up, however, we primarily work with children.  While it’s never too early to start getting your children comfortable in the water, we do not teach infant self-rescue.

During swim lessons, an instructor comes directly to you and teaches in your own home on your schedule.  All lessons are planned around your family’s needs and goals.  We’re more than happy to adapt teaching methods to include gentle and less assertive teaching methods or develop a more difficult lesson to push a student to the edge of their learning capabilities.  Children with special needs are not a problem for our instructors.

Our goal is to help you and your child(ren) feel comfortable in the water, while also having the skills necessary to save themselves in a water emergency.

FAQ

Swimming lessons should always be fun! However, for some children that’s not always the case. It’s normal for a child to be nervous about swimming, especially at the start of the summer swimming season if it’s been a year since they were in the water.

Use the answers to these questions below to help you best prepare your family for swimming lessons.

I recommend a minimum of one swim lesson a week.  Two swim lessons a week is even more ideal to get a child swimming more quickly.

Practicing at home with your child is even more essential to their success and will maximize the value of the swim lessons.  If you’re not sure what to work with your children on between lessons, please don’t hesitate to ask for a recommendation.

Absolutely! Gift certificates are available for each season.  Gift certificates will expire at the end of September in the year they were purchased.  Email me at contact@jackie-butler.com to make arrangements.

Nope! In many cases, children actually pay attention to the lesson better without parents in sight.  You are welcome to stay and watch the lesson, but you’re also free to go inside.  If you are watching the lesson, feel free to ask me to explain anything we’re doing so you can work with your child later.

Need to run a quick errand during the time of the lesson? Feel free to leave and return by the scheduled lesson end time. Just let me know if this what you plan on doing.

If it’s sprinkling, lessons can still go on as scheduled.  If there is thunder or lightning, the swim lesson will be canceled and rescheduled. High winds may result in cancellation of swim lessons in the case of lots of blowing dust.

Cash or check are preferred, but card payments are also welcome. Automated payment plans or auto billing for reoccurring lessons are also available by request.

Talk about the lessons with your child several times before the first swimming lesson.  Get them excited about learning to swim.  Have your child play in the pool during the same time of day as you plan on swimming having swim lessons. These will all help set your child up for success and speed up their adjustment time.

If using goggles, have your child try them on for fit and make sure they don’t leak prior to starting swim lessons.

All you’ll need to provide for the swim lesson is the pool and your child ready with a swimsuit and towel. I bring all my own toys to run a lesson, but if your child has a favorite pool toy at home, feel free to let me know and we can incorporate it into the lesson too.

Consider whether or not your child is okay with sticking their face in the water. If they don’t like opening their eyes underwater, you might want to consider getting your child goggles.  If you get goggles, avoid the face masks that cover the nose.  During swim lessons, we want to teach your child to avoid getting water in their nose but can’t teach this skill if they have a mask. (Plus, the public city pools don’t allow face masks or goggles that cover the nose!)

 

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