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Why Aqualand?

We teach swimmers to be happy and confident in the water. They don’t just tolerate it. They LOVE it!

About Aqualand Academy

When you go under the water, you enter a whole new world – one that embraces you in a warm (ok, sometimes cold!) hug and transports you into a different universe. At least, that’s what I feel when I go swimming! The love for the water is something that stays with you your whole life, and at Aqualand, I want to help your child discover this amazing world, too! My goal is to help kids become as confident and comfortable in the water as they are on land. This is accomplished by teaching them survival swim skills, safety habits for the pool, and discovering how much FUN swimming can be!

Experience the JOY swimming can bring to your family…

and learn to not just survive, but THRIVE!

Frequently Asked Questions

How long do lessons go for?

Swim lessons are 20 minutes, M-TH. Families can register for whichever weeks work best for their schedule.

How old does my child need to be to start lessons?

Children can begin swim lessons as early as 6 months. Babies should be able to sit indepedently as they will need that core strength to physically roll onto their backs in a float.

Do I need to be in the water with my child?

I encourage parents to be in the water during the first few days of lessons with their young infant/toddler. Your presence can provide comfort and added security to your child while they are with a stranger in a new environment. Parents can also learn the skills being taught to their child, which they can then use outside of lessons.

What will my child learn in swim lessons?

I begin lessons with various games to establish breath control. Depending on the child’s skill level, your child will be taught body buoyancy, control, front and back floating, safety practices, and the life-saving skill of the swim-float-swim progression. Older swimmers will be introduced to the freestyle, backstroke, butterfly, and breastroke. Children will learn survival swim skills, safety swim skills, and ultimately, be able to swim across the pool in a freestyle stroke with proper arm movement, kicking, and breathing!

How often should my child take swim lessons?

Swim lessons are M-TH, every day of the week. The frequency of daily lessons help children build the foundational blocks of swimming and develop muscle memory to be able to repeat and master skills at a much quicker pace. Non-swimmers become indepedent swimmers in a shorter amount of time with daily weekly lessons. The progression is much quicker, as is the confidence swimmers can by being in the water more frequently. Once your child

How long are swim lessons?

Private and semi-private lessons are 20 minutes. These lessons are shorter in duration for these reasons: 1) Young children and toddlers can typically focus for only about 15-20 minutes. Since they are swimming the whole time in a sensory environment, their attention span wanes after that amount of time; 2) Swimming can be very tiring and children become physically fatigued after 15-20 minutes of actively being in the water; and 3) Daily, shorter lessons keep the child engaged and interested while building swimming skills more rapidly. Small Group lessons are a 4:1 student to instructor ratio and 40 minutes. These lessons are for children who have completed private/semi-private lessons with me and have mastered the swim-float-swim progression and are able to “play swim”across the pool. Small group lessons are specialized stroke development to create stronger swimmers and/or prepare them for swim team.

How much do lessons cost?

Detailed swim lesson pricing can be found here.

What should my child wear for swim lessons?

I recommend infants and toddlers who are not potty-trained wear a reusable swim diaper (iplay is a great brand!) to ensure a clean pool for all. Children can wear swim suits and/or swim trunks. It’s recommended that girls have their hair pulled back in a tight ponytail or braid to keep hair out of their eyes and mouth (hair in the face can affect their ability to breathe…which is kind of important!).

Does my child need goggles?

No. Ideally the water chemistry is good enough that the water is not harmful to the eyes. Young children can become dependent on goggles. If the child falls into the water and is most likely not wearing goggles, the child will be swimming blind with their eyes close. It is important to try to have all children be able to open their eyes in the water. Older children may bring goggles if they want, but I will ask them to demonstrate their swim skills without goggles.

What happens if my child cries?

Some children do cry during the first few lessons for several reasons. Preverbal children have limited ways to express themselves and when placed in new situations or with strangers, they may cry. Some children cry to attempt to control their environment. Sometimes a child is not having a good day or just not feeling well and will cry to express these emotions. Crying is minimized over the course of the first 2 weeks. This is done with the intensive style format (4x weekly) and establishing a routine, trust, and SKILL! It may take longer for children that only come 2x a week. Toys are also used to try to engage the child in the lessons and are used as teaching tools. Lastly, parents can be in the water to comfort your child, give praise, high fives, and hugs as needed.

My child can swim with their head up and get to the side? Do they need swim lessons?

Yes. While many children are able to swim with their head up, this is not a life-saving skill and actually pushes the body in a vertical position, which can lead to the child going under. Instead, children need to also learn to swim horizontally with eyes down and rolling on their back to breathe, which is a life-saving skill. It also teaches them the proper form to then begin stroke development swim classes.

Hi there! I’m Ms. Marifaith, and I love the water!  God has blessed me with an amazing husband and 6 incredible, active, and crazy kids! One of the first things my children have experienced is the pool. They’ve taken naps, played on their blanket, and left crumbs all over the pool deck. And yes, they’ve gotten completely soaked as they’ve “slipped” into the pool stairs “accidently” when I wasn’t looking (they just can’t seem to stay out of the water!). My last two are currently in the Learn to Swim phase and of course, just want to play and not actually swim.

After 20 years of teaching swim lessons and coaching swim team, I’ve taught thousand of children to swim! It’s the most amazing feeling in the world when a child who’s been terrified to even get in the water goes under to get that toy, or when a child floats on his back for the first time! My experience has led me to teaching swim lessons in a very unique approach compared to your traditional swim lessons. I prioritize teaching children foundational swim skills such as kicking, breath control, body buoyancy, control, and endurance – and having fun at the same time!

God has given me a love and passion for this sport that I don’t even understand! I love learning as much as I can, to provide the best experience for every child I get in the water with. I am currently a USA Certified Swim Coach, Lifeguard, and CPR/AED certified. It’s been a privilege to spend hundreds of hours researching, training, and teaching to provide the best swimming lessons possible for the children in our community!