Why is it so important that my children and I know how to swim?
According to the CDC, there are approximately 4,000 fatal drownings and another 8,000 near-fatal drownings in the Unites States each year. It is the leading cause of injury related fatality for ages 1-4. Drowning is fast and silent. It can happen in as little as 20-60 seconds. Our main mission is to save lives by teaching people of all ages how to be safe around water and how to swim.
What is the youngest age that I can enroll my child?
The Hudson Valley Swim program starts as early as 6 months and sometimes 5 months if the baby enjoys bath time. The class is called a Pollywog.
My child is afraid of the water. Is there a special class for them?
Hudson Valley Swim teaches students of all comfort levels. Any of our beginner classes (Starfish for ages 3-6 years, Marlin for ages 7-12 years, as well as the Teen and Adult Beginner for ages 13 years and older) are appropriate as we teach “comfort” before we begin teaching skills.
If I am an adult or a teen that cannot swim, do you have a class for me?
Yes! Hudson Valley Swim instructors work with adults on a regular basis. Some fear the water, and some just want to learn the basics. We also have classes for those that want to swim for exercise and want to improve their technique.
Will I always have the same instructor during a session?
Most of the time you will have the same instructor, however we reserve the right to bring in a substitute in the event your instructor is sick, is on vacation, or resigns. Our instructors teach to the same lesson plan and use the same techniques.
Can I register for any class on the schedule next session?
During registration, all classes are open for registration however a location may opt to run Priority Registration in advance of Open Registration to give current students a chance to re-register into their same timeslots. Students registered during the priority period must then submit a transfer request which will be processed prior to Open Registration.
If I take a session off, will I be able to return to my old timeslot?
Unfortunately, only those swimmers in the current session are eligible to return to their existing timeslots during Priority Registration.
Why do I have to re-register each session instead of attending perpetual classes?
This is one of the policy decisions we made years ago, and we believe it to differentiate us from many other swim programs. The main reasons are that we only offer session-based registration instead of rolling registration for the following reasons:
A class dynamic builds during a session and if a new student begins mid-session, the whole dynamic is affected.
Students that advance, don’t have to wait for an opening in the next level. At the end of a session, they simply register for the next level in the following session.
Do I have to go in the water with my child?
Our Pollywog and Goldfish classes do require a parent to get in the water. Starting with Starfish classes, parents no longer need to be in the water as the child will be expected to sit on the stairs or on the wall with the others that are awaiting their turn.
What happens if my child is more, or less advanced than the other students in class?
There are several levels within each level as some students are just starting a level while others are repeating the level. This is very common, and our instructors are trained to individualize their lesson plan in each class.
Will my group class be held if there are only 1-2 students registered in it?
That is a decision left to each location. Often the location manager will try to consolidate some classes so that they have at least a few students in them.
Why do we spend so much time teaching my child how to float on their back?
It is so important to learn how to float! If a child does not know how to swim and either falls in the water or finds themselves in distress, rolling on their back is one of the primary ways to survive until help arrives.
What do we mean by a swim uniform?
The requirements for a uniform differ by age. For ages up to 3 (typically Pollywog and Goldfish classes) or for any child or adult who cannot control themselves, we require you to “double bag” it. This means a disposable diaper on skin, covered by a reusable diaper over it, both of which go under the bathing suit. Our goal for this age is to control pool accidents which result in pool closures and an expense to clean the water.
For ages 3 and older (Elementary Program and older), we require goggles, preferably with a clear lens. Anyone that has shoulder length hair must also wear a swim cap. This helps keep the filters free of hair and keeps the hair out of the student’s face during lessons.
And of course, everyone MUST bring a towel to dry off BEFORE leaving the pool area. This is for your safety as well as the safety of others using the facility as wet floors become slippery.
Can I make up a class if I miss one?
We will offer you what is available, and you will need to make accommodations to attend. Classes often fill up since they only hold a few students, so usually there are limited spaces available to make up a class. While makeups are not guaranteed, we will do our best to find something that works for you.
Do I move up a level after my child finishes a session?
Not usually! Your instructor will indicate to you towards the end of a session which level to register for in the following session. Every level has a series of skills that need to be learned and it is typical to repeat a level at least 3 times before they are all mastered. Of course, every student is different so sometimes it takes less time and sometimes more.