Special Considerations

Adult Lessons

We teach adults of all ages and abilities.  Because we have less demand for adult lessons, it is more difficult for us to match up the ability level of adults for group instruction; therefore most adult students at our facilities take private lessons.  In private lessons, the instruction is specifically designed to work toward achieving each individual’s goals, whether those goals may include overcoming a crippling fear of the water or to perfect skills for a triathlon.

Ear Tubes

In general, we recommend that you follow your doctor’s advice concerning ear tubes and ear infections.  However, it is generally safe for children with ear tubes or ear infections to swim as long as they do not dive below 3 feet.  If your child has ear tubes or an ear infection, please tell your child’s instructor.  The instructor will not let your child dive more than 3 feet under the water.  Thank you!

Private lessons

We offer one-on-one instruction for any student interested in an individualized curriculum to meet personal objectives.  Private lessons are recommended for overly confident toddlers who cannot sit on the steps safely, students easily distracted by sharing time and space with others, special needs students unable to safely participate in a group class, fearful children ages 6 and older, and all adult lessons.  

Special Needs Students

Sunshine Swim School works with children with disabilities in order to provide them with an opportunity for personal challenge, increased self-confidence, fitness, socialization, and development of physical, motor and aquatic safety skills through educational and recreational programs.  We have experience with many different kinds of disabilities, e.g. autism, cerebral palsy, blindness.  We require an evaluation of the student’s swimming abilities before enrolling anyone with a disability into a group or private class.  This enables us to assess the needs of the students and our ability to supply the customer with the appropriate instruction.

If Your Child Cries…

 …in classes with parents in the water

There are many reasons why a child may cry during swim lessons.   Most children do not cry out of fear of the water. More common factors that may cause your child to cry include being cold, hungry, ready for a nap, or having just woken up from a nap.  If the parent is afraid of the water, the child may pick up on this fear.  If the parent has very high expectations for the child as a swimmer, the child may resist the performance pressure.  Finally, a child may cry simply because he/she is experiencing a new place, new faces, new noises, and new positions.

If your child does cry in a "parent and me" class, we suggest that you first address the cold, hunger, and sleepiness issues.  Hold your child down low in the water so that the shoulders are under water; and schedule your class for a time when meals and naps are not interrupted.  If you are afraid of the water or have excess expectations for the child, try to arrange for another adult to take the class with the child.  Finally, give the child some time to adjust to the new environment by concentrating on making the experience fun for the child.  Minimize the number of times the child is brought under water, sing lots of songs, play lots of games, and be happy yourself.  As the child sees other children having fun in the water, he/she will gradually become more and more comfortable also.

…in classes without parents in the water

If a child is not in the water with his or her parent, he or she is most likely crying because he or she is entering a new environment with a stranger (the teacher).  Our first and most important job is to build a bond between the teacher and your child and to gain your child’s trust. As a parent you can encourage that trust and let him or her know that he or she is safe.  Some other ways to assist your child in the learning experience include:

  1. Stay away from the pool edge during the lesson.  In extreme cases, it may be necessary to avoid letting your child see you for the entire class.  Go around the corner or inside the building until the child stops crying.
  2. Save your congratulations until the lesson is completed (this helps the instructor to bond with your child more easily).
  3. If your child should leave the pool and come to you, firmly and quickly bring him or her back to the pool and say, “this is your special time for swimming.”
  4. Use a happy, excited tone of voice when talking about swimming and down play hesitation or anxiety.
  5. Take into consideration other factors that may cause your child to cry, such as being cold, hungry, ready for a nap, or having just awoken from a nap.  Try to schedule your swim lesson for a time when naps and meals will not be disrupted.


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