Tips For Success

Before Lessons Begin
Why swim year round?
Why can't I register my child online?
Why is my child still crying?
May I watch the lessons? Are parents allowed on the pool deck?
May we use the AVAC Pool or Spa to practice?
What if my child isn't toilet trained?
What is the water temperature?

Before lessons begin . . .
  • Talk to your child about the upcoming experience. Talk and listen.  Acknowledge any fears, and help your child overcome them.
  • Encourage your child.  
  • Visit our pool before child's lessons begin. You both will be able to see the environment.  Although an appointment is not necessary, it's best to call our office to find the best time for a visit.
  • Physically prepare your child. This could include showers with a parent, washcloth play during bath time, dribbling water over the child's head. Don't try to keep the face dry. 
  • Encourage water play in the bathtub, including getting your child's face wet.
  • Allow your child to choose his or her own swimsuit, towel, flip-flops. Give them some control over the upcoming event.
  • Support the teacher/child bond.

Continue to play an active role . . .

  • Be aware that children develop at different rates. Age and physical maturation may affect how rapidly skills are acquired.  
  • We value your input. If at any time you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please do not hesitate to come out on the deck.
  • Encourage each advance however minor it may seem to you.
  • Homework may be assigned. Encourage practice time. Many repetitions are required to perfect some skills.
  • "Classroom” behavior will be expected. Please reinforce the teacher's rules.

We specialize in getting to know your family.  If you have any further questions, please contact 408.267.4032.   We realize that each child is special, with unique strengths and weaknesses. With this in mind, we will do our best to foster a relationship with your child that will enable him or her to succeed - both in and out of the pool.  As a parent, you have special insight into your child's personality. Please share that with us.   
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Why swim year round?
Unlike many other sports, swimming is available to children all year long!  Learning to swim is a continuous process that takes place over the span of one’s life.  Physical, emotional, and social growth throughout the childhood years allow swimming skills to develop and improve on a constant basis.  To master a skill, a child must repeat the skill over and over; to retain that skill the child must be exposed to it on a regular basis.  Year round swimming provides that regular skill maintenance. Our experience tells us that children that swim regularly year round have greater skill retention and more forward progress. Keep swimming!
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Why can't I register my child online?
To ensure your child is enrolled in the proper class, we need to speak with you in person.
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Why is my child still crying?
Crying is one of the distinct behaviors that we see in many young children that are just beginning swimming lessons. It is a normal response to a new situation. Unfortunately, the behavior may persist beyond the first day of class, which can be frustrating to you as a parent. Some reasons why your child may be crying are: separation anxiety, unfamiliar surroundings, prior negative experience with water, and sensation of water in their ears. Some things to remember as a parent:

Do:

  • Acknowledge their fear and talk to them about it
  • Offer continued support and encouragement
  • Reinforce desired behaviors
  • Practice skills at home (bathtub or pool)

Do Not:

  • Offer bribes for attending classes
  • Scold children for crying
  • Discontinue lessons altogether
  • Allow your anxiety to show through to your child

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May I watch the lessons? Are parents allowed on the pool deck?
Yes. Gallery seating is provided for your comfort. For siblings [7 months to six years] we also provide access to AVAC's ChildCare facility for a nominal hourly rate. We always encourage parents to take an active role in their child’s swimming progress.  Any specific questions or concerns regarding the class or the child’s ability may be directed to the Site Manager or Deck Supervisor.  We do, however, place great importance on the teacher/student rapport, and the teacher’s ability to concentrate on the class.  For that reason we ask that you watch from the gallery to avoid any means of distraction.  In order to limit foot traffic and maintain cleanliness, we ask that you access the shower area through the locker rooms, not across the pool deck.
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May we use the AVAC Pool or Spa to practice?
The AVAC Pool is reserved for AVAC members and friends, as guests. We would be happy to arrange for you to speak with a Membership Counselor. Or, call 408.445.4910.
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What if my child isn't toilet trained?
Reusable swim diapers are required for all swimmers under the age of three and all non potty-trained swimmers. Disposable swim diapers and rubber pants are not acceptable.
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What is the water temperature?
Our pool is kept at 89 degrees for optimal learning.
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