Frequently Asked Questions about the Swim Academy

Who is eligible to be a student?
Almost anyone! 
  • 6 months & older in Parent/Child classes
  • Learn-to-swim students (children to adults!)
  • Stroke development
  • Technique improvement
  • Special needs
  • Triathlon training
  • Don’t see yourself here? Ask me!

How long are lessons?
30 minutes is standard but we routinely schedule 45-minute and hour lessons.  If you are interested in a lesson other than 30-minutes or a specialized workout, please ask!

What types of lessons are offered?
  • Private/Family Lesson: includes only you or your child/ren. Nearly every student will learn quickly and well in this environment. A family lesson includes up to 3 students from the same family living in the same household.
  • Semi-Private Lesson: includes two students (not from the same family).  This smaller environment allows for the fun of a friend (and a little healthy peer pressure) without the busyness of a group.  These lesson require a registration for each family.
  • Group Lesson: will have several students learning simultaneously. Watching others can often encourage the timid to try new things, and most will enjoy the variety within each lesson. For younger children, we also offer group Parent/Child lessons where a parent or responsible adult is in the water with each child.  For more information on Group Lessons, please click here.   These lessons require a registration for each family.

How many lessons will it take for me/my child to learn to swim? 
I get this question a lot, and the honest answer is: I don't know.  A lot of how fast a child learns is dependent on the individual child- age, former ability, fears, even height and weight can affect how quickly they learn to swim.  Also, my definition of "he/she can swim" may differ from yours!

How many lessons should I schedule per week? Total?
Our recommendation for most is if you're not sure how long you'd like to take lessons, start with a few lessons.  When the series of lessons is close to complete, the instructor can help you evaluate your goals against the progress made so far. Since Blue Dolphins Swim Academy runs month-to-month, you have the choice to continue or finish.

Swimming is more like learning to play the piano than learning to ride a bike.  How many lessons you or your child will need depends on whether you want/ want them to "read music" or "play Mozart".   And just like playing the piano, for some it will come easily, whereas others will take longer.  As always, the more you practice between lessons, the better you get!

How do I know the scheduling process is complete so I can attend lessons?
  1. You will receive a lesson scheduling confirmation email after:
    • your request is submitted and the scheduler has communicated with you
    • your registration form is received
  2. You will receive an invoice for the annual registration fees and the current and/or upcoming month's fees
  3. Once BDA receives payment, you will receive a receipt and you can attend your lessons!

What do I need to bring to the lesson?
Yourself, your suit and your towel.  Goggles are also great, but are not required.  If you happen to own fins, those can be a fun part of a lesson as well- but they are very optional.

Can the student or I/my other children swim before, during or after my child's lesson?
Please refer to the BDA Swim Academy Policies page for full details.

When is a lesson cancelled due to bad weather or pool conditions?
Please visit our Swim Academy Policies page for full details.