What is a session and how long is each and how do I schedule them?

A session is typically 8 half hour lessons.  The monthly indoor group sessions are 4 half hour lessons.  Private and semi-private lessons are scheduled on an appointment basis and you can do as many as you want.  You can schedule them as often as you’d like, providing we have an instructor who works the same days that you request.  Group lessons are pre-scheduled.

Should a parent attend the lesson?

You know your child best. For some children, it is important to have the security of a familiar adult/caregiver in an unfamiliar situation. For the parent, it is exciting to watch your child learn to swim, and observation will help you in working with your child once the session is completed.  However, there are some children that become easily distracted when others are around, especially parents.  If this becomes an issue, I will ask that the parent wait out of sight until the lesson is over.

Does a parent get into the water?

Only if the child is under the age of 3 and it’s really up to the parent.  Some children under the age of 3 will get into the water with the instructor by themselves, but for the very young children, it’s not only about teaching the child, but also showing the parent how to work with the child when the instructor isn’t around.

What age is a good age to begin lessons?

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that you not begin formal swimming lessons until kids are at least 1 year old.  However that doesn't mean that your younger children can't be taught to enjoy the water though.  The American Red Cross suggests that these lessons begin at 6 months of age. We offer infant and toddler aquatic programs that will teach your kids to enjoy being in the water. They can also help teach parents about how to be safe around the water. However, these types of programs do not decrease your child's risk of drowning and are not a substitute for adult supervision and safety in the water.

When and where are the lessons?

Private and semi-private lessons are available Monday through Sunday between 9:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. year round.  There are three indoor locations in the Winchester area.   During the summer we teach at various pools in the Winchester area.  Please visit our locations page for more information.

What should my child bring to the lessons?

Please bring a bathing suit and a towel.  If they are learning strokes, goggles are permitted only if they are comfortable opening their eyes under water.


What if I miss a lesson?  What is your makeup/cancellation policy?

The SSA makeup policy differs depending on the type of lesson.  An EXCUSED absence is one in which we were notified prior to the lesson.  An UNEXUSED absence is one in which were not notified prior to the lesson.  In the event that class is cancelled for WEATHER, POOL MAINTENNANCE ISSUES, or INSTRUCTOR CANCELLATION, an EXCUSED absence is given with option for CREDIT.



1.            PRIVATE LESSONS: An EXCUSED absence is one that is given up to 2 hours before the start of class time.  Notice must be given to the instructor directly (it is the parents' responsibility to get the contact information of the instructor).  If no notice of cancellation is made within 2 hours of the class start time, class will not be made up and there will be no refund for the missed class.   Makeups will also be issued for cancellation due to inclement weather, contamination and equipment failure and instructor cancellations.  Date for makeup will be arranged between parent/instructor. If student is late, the given session will still start at the originally designated time.  It is up to the instructor, if any sessions are to be extended into the following half hour due to client tardiness.

2.            SEMI PRIVATE/PRIVATE GROUP CLASSES:  UNEXCUSED absences will not be made up and there will be no refund for the missed class.    If scheduled class takes place and one person has EXCUSED absence, a makeup can be scheduled.  Makeup must be made in another class that is already on the schedule.  NO special makeups are given for these classes and parents MAY NOT use these missed classes as credits towards future classes.    If all parties in class agree to cancel on any given day, a makeup can be issued for that class as long as a date/time are agreed on by all parties  EXCUSED absences will be marked if class is cancelled on behalf of SSA due to weather, pool issues or instructor issues.  When possible the instructor will work out a makeup for everyone as long as the date is agreed upon.  If makeup class is not scheduled where all parties can attend, parent can use those missed classes as credits towards future classes. NO REFUNDS.

3.            GROUP LESSONS (PUBLIC):  UNEXCUSED absences will not be made up and there will be no refund for the missed class.    EXCUSED ABSENCES will be marked when proper notification is given.  Parents can get makeup in another class that is in session by doubling up one week or coming to a class in the following session.  Parents MAY NOT use these missed classes as credits towards future classes.   EXCUSED absences will be marked if class is cancelled on behalf of SSA due to weather, pool issues or instructor issues.  If makeup class is not scheduled, parent can use those missed classes as credits towards future classes. NO REFUNDS.

What do the lessons cost? When do I pay?

Private lessons are $200.00/child.  Semi private lessons are available for two children who can be taught in the same class.  The cost for semi-private lessons is $140/child per session.  Group classes are $75/child. We do offer family discounts for multiple children in the program at the same time.  Payment is due prior to or on the first day of class, along with the signed registration/policies/waiver.  There is a one time Registration Fee of $25.00.

Can my child learn to swim in eight classes?

All children learn at their own pace.  We will work hard to meet our goals in each class, however your child may not perfect all the skills needed to be en efficient swimmer at the end of eight lessons.  Some swimmers will do more than others, but do not compare your child to others as they are all individuals and will develop skills at their own pace.  



How many classes is a water aerobics session and how long is each?

A session consists of 8 one hour classes.

What is the cost for a Water Aerobics session?

A session of WA classes is $40.00.  Drop in rate is $8.00.

What are the benefits of Water Aerobics?

There are both physiological and social/psychological benefits to doing water aerobics.  Some of the physiological benefits are improved muscular strength and endurance, increased flexibility and expanded cardiovascular fitness.  The social/psychological benefits include; improved self-confidence and self-esteem, less pain and expanded movements and increased social interaction and new friendships

If we are in deep-water how do I stay afloat?

You will be given a flotation belt to wear around your waist, which leaves your body totally free to work against the resistance of the water.

What is the temperature of the water?

We keep the indoor pools between 84 and 86 degrees.  The outdoor pools will be dependent on the weather.

Do I get my hair wet?

Remember, you are in a swimming pool so you will get a little wet.  You do not, however have to submerge your head.

Do I have to wear a bathing suit?

If you dread putting as suit wear a lightweight pair of shorts and t-shirt over your suit. Please test the fabric of your alternate swim clothes before wearing them into the pool. Get them wet, and if the fabric bleeds color, please choose something else to wear.

How is water aerobics different from swimming?

Water aerobics and swimming are two entirely different workouts that have certain goals that are almost exactly opposite to one another. Swimmers specialize in "drag minimizing" techniques, whereas water aerobics participants specialize in "drag maximizing" techniques.  Swimmers learn specialized techniques to MINIMIZE THE DRAG FORCES on their bodies so they streamline through the water creating the least amount of resistance in order to get from point A to point B as quickly as possible. Swimming has a multitude of benefits, provides an excellent cardiovascular and calorie burning workout and primarily works the muscles of your upper body, unless leg strengthening drills are performed using a kick-board. Whereas water aerobics participants learn specialized techniques to MAXIMIZE THE DRAG FORCES on their bodies, particularly on the surface areas of our limbs, to tone and build lean muscle. Water aerobics, similar to swimming, is an excellent cardiovascular workout, but working the limbs against the resistance of the water tones and strengthens virtually all of the major muscle groups of the body. And it is especially effective for toning and strengthening the muscles of the lower half the body; the buttocks and thighs.

I'm a non-swimmer. May I still attend Water aerobics?

You do not need to know how to swim to participate in water aerobics classes.

I have a special physical considerations.  May I participate?​​

That decision is up to your physician.  Please consult with your doctor before attending any fitness class.  If you have a physical condition, please bring a note from your doctor. 


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