Our instructors follow a curriculum where water safety comes first. Lesson plans are designed to teach the critical lifetime swim skills you and your child need to be safe in and around the water. It is ideal for children to be proficient swimmers by no later than third grade and should begin their aquatic development as early as six-months old. No one is ever drown-proof, but being able to swim 300 yards continuously will significantly lower you or your child’s chances of drowning.
Learning to swim early will not only help keep your child safe, but will also help shape their character. Swimming teaches confidence, determination and self-reliance, as well as developing motor skills and balance. Swimmers tend to be high academic achievers because swimming teaches how to set goals and achieve them. Swimming is a year-round activity and a very effective exercise to keep you and your child healthy and happy.
This depends on you or your child’s age and level of fitness. It may take two or more sessions of eight lessons each for preschoolers to learn the basic skills of floating, kicking, returning to the wall and rolling over on their back to breathe, float and rest. Older students that have mastered the first skills of breathing, floating and kicking will learn more rapidly.
Knowing how to swim means that a person can maintain themselves indefinitely in the water. To do so requires the ability to exhale used air and inhale new air. That’s called Aerobic Swimming. (Just like being able to talk while you jog!) Our standard is that a person should be able to swim 300 yards non-stop, and swim 6 different styles of swimming to be considered a “swimmer.” 300 yards is important. Scientists have found that humans can swim 200 yards without being able to breathe effectively. But without the ability to breathe effectively, eventually that person will get in trouble, and possibly endanger their life. We go 1/3 beyond that point to set the standard of 300 yards of non-stop swimming.
Source: CDC, swimamerica.org
To receive membership rates, all memberships must be active at time of registration and for the duration of session.
We reserve the right to cancel or consolidate a class if enrollment minimum of 3 is not met. There will be up to 4 to 1 ratio for younger children and 6 to 1 for older children.
Please be aware that the pool sometimes closes without advance notice due to inclement weather or “accidents”. Feel free to call the weather hotline at 1-802-698-8361. All notifications will be sent out via email, posted on our homepage, and on Facebook.
UVAC does not offer make-ups or refunds for missed lessons. If a student does miss a lesson, we do our best to bring swimmer up to speed on skills covered in their absence.
We do not offer refunds. Depending on circumstances a credit may be authorized by our Swim School Director.