Weather Updates: We swim in the rain! If there is lightning in close proximity (radar will be poolside), I will cancel the lesson for safety. Please assume all lessons are ON as scheduled unless you see either:
- an update on the Swimming With Jordan Facebook site (i post updates here FIRST)
**make sure to “Like” the Facebook page to be in the know!**
- You will receive a text message or phone call from me AT LEAST 30 minutes prior to your lesson. (An update on the Swimming With Jordan FB site will be posted first, then I will begin contacting the affected families via phone and/or email in order of affected lessons).
Will my child learn to swim?
If your child is age 2 and up, then they have the physical strength and coordination to swim a short distance in the pool (along with rolling to their backs for a recovery breath during that distance). I do have plenty of 2 year olds that swim, pending their strength, motor development, coordination, comfort level in the water, and the lesson type (ISR vs Traditional). They will be able to begin learning underwater breath control, floating and kicking skills, as well as arm and leg movements to move through the water. **I STRONGLY encourage all swimmers, especially those ages 6 months to 3 years of age, to participate in ISR lessons prior to stroke development** My ISR swimmers WILL be able to perform a swim-float-swim sequence, even at age 2. Information in ISR lesson can be found here.
Is the pool heated? YES
When is payment due?
Payment is due within 1 WEEK of receiving your Registration Confirmation. Please mail cash or check via mail with your signed release form (1 per child) to 9141 Locarno Dr, Dallas, TX 75243. If I do not receive your payment within 1 week, I will release your child's spot to another swimmer. No exceptions. (mail payment & forms to: Jordan Benners, 9141 Locarno Dr, Dallas 75243) You may place cash/check in an envelope (with your child’s name & enrollment week) in our mailbox as it is locked and secure. Checks may be made payable to Jordan Benners or Swimming With Jordan.
Can I stay and watch the lesson?
ONLY on Thursdays (“Show off Day”). Thursdays you are welcome to stay the whole lesson, take pictures, video,etc. All other days lessons are DROP OFF ONLY, meaning you will drop off your child and wait in front of the house until their lesson is over. No parents/siblings/etc will be allowed to remain by the pool during lesson times. You may come back for the last 5 minutes of each lesson and we can show off what they learned that day.
Thursdays are SHOW OFF days!!
Every Thursday is a SHOW OFF day! Please feel free to bring cameras, video, etc, and we will make it a fun day as the children show off to family & friends what they have learned. Grandparents and family galore are welcome! Celebrate your child’s accomplishments!!! The pool fence will be down to allow for photography and videos, so please arrange to keep small children in carseats or in the hands of adults or babysitters for safety.
Are there any treats?
Of course! Swim Lessons wouldn’t be as much fun without TREATS! Your child is welcome to choose ONE snack (goldfish, pretzels, etc) after each lesson from the Treasure Chest! We celebrate and encourage their participation in the water each day and reward their hard work! If you have a child with food allergies, please bring your own snack or prize (stickers, etc).
What about sunscreen?
PLEASE use sunscreen. But PLEASE do NOT apply sunscreen on your child 2 minutes before they enter the water. It comes right off and leaves a greasy film which is not fun for children opening their eyes underwater. PLEASE apply sunscreen to your child BEFORE getting in the car to come to your lesson and allow AT LEAST 20 minutes for it to soak into their skin.
Do you teach advanced swimmers?
Yes! I have Junior Olympic Swimming experience myself, and use that expertise to teach advanced skills to swimmers for swim team placement and advancement, etc. There is always room for stroke enhancement, mastering a flip turn, etc. :)
Do you recommend goggles?
Sure! We will swim with and without goggles during every lesson regardless. If a child is nervous in the water, sometimes using goggles is a fun way for them to realize that they can see underwater! Other children simply like to open their eyes underwater. It just depends on the child. Feel free to bring goggles to the lesson. I will also have several pairs handy for them to try if they like. Some love them, some do not! Either way is okay. My favorite goggles for children: any goggle that THEY get to pick out because they are more likely to wear it!!!
**for all ISR lessons, children are NOT allowed to use goggles**
Will you throw my child in the water?
Never! That is not an appropriate way for a child to learn that swimming is fun. We will work with breath control underwater based on each child’s comfort level, and work on safety skills.
What kinds of things do you teach my child?
Safety, safety, safety! Safety is my highest priority, that being achieved by unique and fun drills that will promote their comfort level in the water, as well as enable them to learn skills that can save their life. We work on learning to blow bubbles, kicking efficiently, moving their arms in a freestyle stroke pattern, floating on their backs, rolling to a recovery breath, how to return to the wall swimming, underwater breath control, rollover to float, treading water, and more!
Skills learned (categories may blend some):
BEGINNERS: Underwater breath control, blowing bubbles, assisted reaching, assisted launch, assisted back float, assisted roll over, assisted kicking, awareness of safety zones, kicking on front, kicking on back.
INTERMEDIATE: Independent launch, independent back float, independent roll to front and back, streamline, reach and pull, modified backstroke, breast stroke (arms only), mid-range assisted underwater toy retrieval, streamline kick on front and back, etc
ADVANCED: Independent underwater toy retrieval, freestyle, backstroke, modified backstroke, breaststroke, treading water, streamline to strokes, safety protocol for fatigue, dolphin kick, etc
Do you teach adults?
YES! Please contact me to schedule adult private lessons.
What happens if my child is sick?
Please do not bring your child to their swim lesson if they are sick. They will not enjoy their time in the water, and we want to protect all little ones from spreading an illness. Make sure your child has been fever free for 24 hrs prior to attending a lesson. Pending availability, a child may make up that lesson during a regularly scheduled lesson time on alternate week, but I can NOT guarantee a make up. Fridays are reserved solely for lessons that need to be made up due to inclement weather cancellations. If your child has to miss several lessons due to an illness, I will absolutely do my best to make those lessons up.
What about refunds?
If you need to cancel your week of lessons, please provide at least 2 weeks notice to allow time for me to fill their slot, then I will be happy to provide you with a refund MINUS a $25 processing fee. If you provide less than 2 weeks notice, you will only receive a 50% partial refund.
What about parking?
Please park in front of the house (in the correct direction of traffic), and park on OUR side of the street. Feel free to wrap around Club Meadows Dr (the nearest cross-street), or even on down Locarno. Please avoid parking on the opposite side of the street, as this will help with traffic flow. When you are facing the house, use the gate on the LEFT side of the house to enter to the pool.
Are restrooms available?
**NO** Restrooms will not be available. Please encourage your child to use the restroom before they attend the lesson. I will provide drinks AFTER the lesson, so please limit the liquids beforehand. I will have a small children's toilet (think potty training size!) on the side of the house in a private area for emergencies only set up with wipes and hand sanitizer. IF YOUR CHILD IS NOT POTTY TRAINED ABSOLUTELY 100%, then a DOUBLE SWIM DIAPER IS MANDATORY. These must fit snuggly around their thighs. NO EXCEPTIONS. Reusable swim diapers preferred over disposable ones.