WHAT SHOULD I PACK IN MY SWIM BAG?
• REUSABLE SWIM DIAPER – these are mandatory if a student is NOT toilet trained or has been toilet trained for less than six months. Disposable swim diapers are not allowed. Disposable swim diapers do not keep solids from entering the pool. The non-disposable diaper must pass the two finger test: if 2 fingers can be inserted under the elastic in the legs and waist, the swim diaper is too large and the child will not be permitted in the water. PURCHASE ONLINE | Pods Swimming has reusable swim diapers for sale at the swim school store for $13.
• GOGGLES (optional) – Pods Swimming has goggles for sale at the swim school store.
• WETSUIT (optional) – PURCHASE ONLINE
• FINS (Mandatory for Jr. Squid & Giant Squid only) –No scuba fins. Pods Swimming has fins for sale at swim school store for $25.
WHAT IS THE STUDENT TO INSTRUCTOR RATIO?
Cuttlefish classes have 6 students to 1 head instructor. Nautilus & Octopus levels have 4 students to 1 head instructor. Jr. Squid & Giant Squid varies from 6-10 students to 2 head instructors.
WHERE CAN I WAIT DURING MY CHILD’S SWIM LESSON?
For your convenience and everyone's safety, we ask adults to watch from the designated viewing area. We do not allow parents or guardians on the deck during lessons, as it must remain clear at all times. After the swim instructor or deck supervisor has checked in your child, head to the viewing area, get comfortable, and relax! We do ask you to remain in this area for the duration of the lesson.Pods staff will not escort children to the restroom; rather, the instructor will call over the deck supervisor to take the child to their parent to go to the restroom. Parents should not leave the building after dropping off children.
WHAT IF MY CHILD CRIES?
If you see that your child is struggling, you can talk to the deck supervisor and perhaps offer suggestions for how we might engage your child (a favorite superhero, or a favorite animal, for example).
Sometimes it’s best to stay out of sight so as not to distract your child or the rest of the class. Our instructors have a lot of experience with tentative or even upset children, so it is okay to let us handle the situation. However, suggestions are welcome! We will work with you to ensure their experience is a positive one!
WHAT IF MY CHILD MISSES A CLASS?
Please visit our POLICIES page for more information regarding makeup classes.
WHEN WILL MY CHILD BE READY FOR A NAUTILUS I CLASS?
This varies from child to child. A child must be at least 2 and half years old to be in a Nautilus I class. Children who are two and a half years old need to be able to sit and wait their turn and be okay without swimming with a parent in the water. Children aged three and older are required to be in a Nautilus I class. We've found that children older than three years learn best without a parent in the water.
HOW IS THE WATER QUALITY MAINTAINED?
Our filtration system goes above and beyond typical treatment packages found in traditional swim school pools. It was designed with industrial grade controls, filtration, and treatment systems that have been used in the most rigorous Rhode Island municipal pool applications for years. Our UV system has received "EPA approved validation" for performance to assure of our patrons protection against waterborne diseases.
WHAT HAPPENS IF MY CHILD HAS TO USE THE RESTROOM?
When your child notifies his or her instructor, the instructor will call over the deck supervisor to take the child to their parent to go to the restroom. The instructor and supervisor cannot leave the deck to take them to the restroom; a parent or guardian must be present to take them.
Pods Swimming is Seacoast Swimming Association's swim school. Seacoast Swimming Association is a nationally recognized USA swim team that consistently ranks in the top 3-5% of all USA swim teams in the country.
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