Swim School General Questions
What are Perpetual Lessons?
Find a day and time that has the class you need and register for that class. You will own that day and time until you decide to take a break, move to another day/time, or your student gets promoted
You may join any time. If you join mid-month, your monthly tuition will be prorated.
You will pay for your first month when you register and then through a monthly direct debit which will occur on the first working day of the month.
We require a 30 day notice before your last class. This is so we can put an end date on the class and open up a spot for other children.
Why do you have lessons year round?
Our year round program will provide a positive environment for your child to learn and grow. When you register for lessons, we hold that spot for you every week. If a change is needed, please let us know and we will do our best to make that happen, based on availability. We do ask that you limit your changes to four times per year.
For children, we recommend once per week lessons. Consistent attendance and repetition in the lessons are crucial for success. Of course children attend more than once per week, but it is not critical for their learning to swim.
How young do you offer lessons?
How frequently should I schedule my child’s lessons?
What should I bring to swim class?
What if my child cries or is afraid?
Swimming, like many activities, generates anxiety in some children. This apprehension or fear may be most evident on the first day of lessons. As each week progresses, your child’s anxiety should be less evident. Time, familiarity and consistency offer reassurance to the child.
Should I be visible during my child’s lesson?
What is a Deck Manager/Supervisor?
Why don’t you offer Make-Up Lessons?
If you miss a class, you may receive a voucher for your child and a parent to our next Family Swim Night. Just fill out the form online for a voucher and then let us know which Family Swim Night you would like to attend. One pass per child is given per month for students participating in weekly lessons.
If your child has a medical reason for not being able to attend for more than two weeks in a row, please contact us about alternative arrangements.
We understand that family schedules can change throughout the year. If a schedule proves to be difficult for your family, we are happy to help you change your lesson time, as long as there is availability. We will do this up to four times per year.
We do not offer vouchers for missed lessons in the Blitz classes.
What do Waterloo Toddler Classes focus on?
How are Waterloo Toddler classes structured?
What is the Waterloo Toddlers Curriculum?
Week One: Kicking, Positioning, and Reaching
Week Two: Breath Control and Submersions
Week Three: Back Floating, Kicking, and Sculling
Week Four: Independent Skills and Parent-Out of Water Practice
** on the occasion that five classes occur within the same month, the focus will be determined by the instructor and new or different activities or songs may be introduced at this time.
We structure toddler classes similarly to our Waterloo group lessons, with some adjustments based on age and learning development.
2 min: Greet parent and child and welcome into the water! Encourage parents to practice safe and independent entries with their child and support child waiting for proper cues from their parent to enter the water. Setting proper boundaries during the lesson can be vital to learning safety precautions: children learn best through habit so we want to create the habit of waiting for an adult’s permission to enter the water.
3 min: Warm up! Toys, balls, and floating objects can be spread around the pool to encourage parents and swimmers to adjust to the water while instructing parents on the proper ways to hold their child in the water to best support their body positioning.
*Group song to bring class together*
10 min: Instructional skill review and maintenance: this time is allotted to practice the skills that are NOT the focus of the week. There is usually enough time for at least two activities (see Waterloo Toddlers Activities for lesson plan ideas)
10 min: Instructional skill focus of the week this time is allotted to practice the skill focus of the week. Each skill focus has many activities and games to help a child build their respective skills. It is important during this time to interact with each participant individually and communicate one-on-one to each parents and child about how they perform the skill. It is also beneficial to educate the group of parents as to why the skill focus is important.
*Group Songs to Close Instructional Period*
5 min: Reward Time! This is a great opportunity for parent and toddler to explore and play through child-led learning. This means not only creating opportunity for games and fun, but supporting parents in looking for ways to support their child’s natural desire to learn. This is also a good opportunity for the instructor to follow up with any questions, or offer added support to parents whose child may be struggling with specific skills.
What do Waterloo Baby Classes focus on?
How are Waterloo Baby classes structured?
What is the Waterloo Babies Curriculum?
Week One: Entries, Exists, and Water Acclimation
Week Two: Kicking and Reaching
Week Three: Back Float
Week Four: Bubbles and Submersions
** On the occasion that five classes occur within the same month, the focus will be determined by the instructor and new or different activities or songs may be introduced at this time.
We structure babies’ classes similarly to our Waterloo group lessons, with some adjustments based on age and learning development.
2 min: Greet parent and child and welcome into the water! Encourage parents to practice safe entries with their child and support child waiting for proper cues from parent to enter the water. With a young baby who does not walk yet, parent may need assistance entering the water safely with baby.
3 min: Warm Up! Toys, balls, objects can be spread around the pool area as the instructor encourages parents to help baby move through the water and instructs proper ways to support baby in the water.
*Group song to bring class together*
10 min: Instructional skill review and maintenance: this time is allotted to practice the skills that are NOT the focus of the week. There is usually enough time for at least two activities (see Waterloo Babies Activities for ideas).
10 min: Instructional skill focus of the week: this time is allotted to practice the skill focus of the week. Each skill focus has many activities and games to help a child build their respective skills. It is important during this time to interact with each participant individually, and communicate one-on-one to each parent and child about how their perform the skill. It is also beneficial to educate the group of parents why the skill focus is important.
*Group Songs to Close Instructional Period*
5 min: Reward time! This is a great opportunity for parent and baby bonding as well as making new discoveries around the pool and in the water. This is also a good opportunity for the instructor to follow up with any questions, or offer added support to parents whose child may be struggling with specific skills.
A Healthy Swimmer
Should my child eat before a swim lesson?
How are ear infections prevented?
What if my child is sick?
Do you guarantee instructors?
I already know I will be missing some classes. Can I just be charged for the classes I will attend?
Competitive Swimming Questions
Why do I have to register in two systems for Waterloo swim team and USA Swimming?
You will also need to register with USA Swimming to be eligible for practices and swim meets. This is for insurance reasons.
What is Waterloo’s swim team attendance policy?
Senior Group Attendance: In addition to the Senior group being an invite only group and swim/kick set requirements, there is a 75% attendance policy.
Swim Meet Sign-Up Attendance: Waterloo’s policy for swimmers to sign up for a swim meet is that they must attend 75% of the previous month’s practice offerings. Why 75% attendance? Because we want to see your swimmer have the best opportunity to improve his/her times at the meet. Why would you want to pay swim meet fees to go slow?
Is swimming too competitive for my swimmer?
Is there any time off from practice in year-round swimming?
Short Course – First week of September through TAGS/Sectionals in March, usually 26 weeks.
Long Course – First week of April through TAGS/ Nationals in late July/August.
We usually take off a week in August as the kids start school, as well as Spring Break. The December/January Holiday weeks are known as Hell Week…and we are training hard through that time.
What is the difference between Long Course (LC) and Short Course (SC)?
The long course season generally begins in late March or April. The meets during the LC season are usually in 50 meter (Olympic size) pools (the length of our Pool). The shortest races in a LC meet are 50m, or one length. The LC season culminates with the STAGS/TAGS in late July/August.
How often should my swimmer practice?
Attendance + Effort = Success
What ability level is required for my swimmer to join the Waterloo Swimming team?
What is USA Swimming registration for?
How does my swimmer move up in groups?
Are parents not allowed on deck during practice or meets?
How can I be a good swim parent?
In addition, active participation with Waterloo Swimming through volunteer and social activities will help us create a positive team environment, making the team an outstanding experience for all swimmers.
Swim Meet Questions
What is South Texas Swimming?
How often should my child compete?
What are the different types of meets?
Open Qualification Meets: Swimmers of all levels are invited to participate in these meets.
B Times: Only swimmers with B times or faster may compete in these meets. Swimmers with slower times or who have not previously competed in an event (NT – no time) may not participate in these meets.
Custom Qualification Meets: Swimmers must meet custom time standards to be eligible for these in season and end-of-season Championship meets.
STAGS Championships: This South Texas Championship meet is held at the end of each competitive season. All Waterloo Swimmers with A qualification times will compete in this meet.
TAGS Championships: The Texas Age Group Championship, usually referred to as TAGS, is held at the end of each competitive season. Swimmers are required to achieve TAGS time standards to be eligible for this meet.
Elite Championship Meets: Swimmers may qualify and compete in any number of elite championship meets. These may include Sectional Championships, Zones and National Championship meets.