Private Lessons

Jump Start Swimming offers thirty minute private lessons to swimmers two year of age or older. Private lessons are customized to each swimmers age and ability level. Private lessons can be used to learn everything from the basic water safety skills to advances swimming techniques. Instructors at Jump Start Swimming use private lesson time to give each swimmer the one on one attention they need to learn in the most effective way possible. 

Requirements:

Ages: 2 years of age - Adult

Ability Levels: All ability levels

Semi-Private Lessons

Thirty Minute semi-private lessons will be offered to groups of 2 swimmers of similar age and ability. This type of class may be recommended for twins, friends similar in ability, siblings similar in age and ability, or adults.

During semi-private lessons, instructors will focus on developing water safety skills and increasing the swimmers knowledge and water safety abilities. Once water safety is achieved, the instructor will move on to teach swim techniques and strokes.

Only Offered at the Jump Start Pool.

REQUIREMENTS:

Ages: 3 years old - Adult

Ability Levels: Swimmers must have a similar ability level. 

**Jump Start Swimming reserves the right to require swimmers receive private lessons if their swimming ability is not similar. 

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GROUP SWIM SESSIONS

One hour group instruction offered to swimmers who are able to swim freestyle and backstroke 25 yards independently. This class is recommended to swimmers who are excelling in private or semi-private lessons and would like to strengthen their skills. It provides swimmers with the skills necessary to join a club or summer swim team.

Sessions will focus on building endurance and gaining skills in all four stroke, along with dives, turns, and treading water.

REQUIREMENTS:

Ages: 5 years old - Adult

Ability Levels: Swimmers must be able to swim 25 yards freestyle and backstroke.

**For safety reasons, Jump Start Swimming reserves the right to inform parents and remove swimmers from sessions if the swimmer does not have the ability to participate in group sessions. 


How many lessons will it take for my child to learn how to swim? What can they learn?

This is our most popular question and one that almost every family asks! Of course, this answer depends on the child, because all children are different and have different strengths and weaknesses. How long it will take depends on whether a child has previous experience in the water, can understand and follow directions, is comfortable with strangers (the instructor), is cooperative with the instructor, is willing to lay on his/her back, is fully supported by the parent (even when scared or crying), is encouraged to continue swimming and listening to the instructor, etc. Because there are so many factors, we cannot specify an amount of time it will take to learn how to swim because there are so many skills involved in swimming and each is learned through a process. 

It helps to think about a child learning to swim in the same way as a child learning to write. A child must first scribble, then trace with adult guidance, trace independently, write short words, and then write longer and more words before he actually knows “how to write”. Learning to swim is a process in the same way learning to write is a process. A child must first get in the water, put his face under water, be able to float, kick his feet, move his arms, and then put all of those skills together before he knows “how to swim”. The more your child already knows, the faster he will learn the swimming process.

Skills Taught

Swimmer age ranges are not used as a starting point, instead they are used as goals for swimmers within that age range. Jump Start Swimming will start all first time or beginner swimmers with the skills listed in the 2-3 years range. Once swimmers have accomplished these skills, they will move forward with more advanced skills and into higher age ranges. Swimmers 6 months to 1.5 years should start in the first age range.

The mastery of basic skills is essential to being safe within the water. Jump Start Swimming is determined to help all swimmers be water safe. To do so, we focus on ensuring swimmers can complete the Water Safety Swimming Sequence so that they could survive an accidental fall into the water.  (This is not a complete list. The skills your child learns depends on the factors listed above.) 

6 months-1.5 years:

Goal: Gain comfort in the water and with the instructor and gain basic skills

 Skills: enter and exit the water, blowing bubbles from mouth, kicking while on step or being held, face under, supported back floating

2-3 years:

Goal: Improve basic skills and begin to master the Safety Swimming Sequence (jump in, roll over, get to wall or call for help). Option to advance to higher skills.

 Skills: Kicking with noodle or kickboard, face under, jumping in, assisted back floating, rolling over, eyes under and kicking, reaching for toys underwater, and circle arms under the water. 

3-4 years:

Goal: Practice basic skills and independently complete the Safety Swimming Sequence. Option to advance to higher skills.

 Skills: Gain all previous skills. In addition, learn “big arms”, independent back floating, back stroke, breaststroke kick, Independent Safety Swimming Sequence, beginning of diving, introduce (short) lap swimming, elementary backstroke for water safety.

5-8 years: 

Goal: Practice a variety of swimming strokes, perfect the Safety Swimming Sequence, and increase distance of swimming.

 Skills:Introduce side breathing, various diving methods, lap swimming, breast stroke, butterfly kick, butterfly arms, elementary backstroke, and more intensive instruction.

10 Years-adult: 

Practice all strokes, dive variations, flip and open turns, lap swimming, practice racing rules and regulations, treading water. Any skills a swimmer would like to learn, we can teach.