Yes; with the exception of swim team, we require a parent or guardian to stay on-site during the lesson.
Your child will remain in their class until we receive a 30 day written notice. We will bill the card on file the 1st of every month.
Major holidays closed Thanksgiving Thursday and Friday, Christmas Eve day through January 1st, New Year’s Day, 4th of July.
We cannot say that one kid will learn to swim in any certain timeframe. It is our belief that after two months of consistent swimming you should be able to see improvement in your child’s abilities. Every child can learn but they all learn differently and at their own pace.
Every swimmer MUST take a bracelet and they can drop it with their instructor when they get to class. Children may NOT be left unattended before, during or after their lesson.
We suggest for children to learn better to have their hair pulled back into a ponytail or a swim cap to keep it out of their eyes
No open wounds may enter the pool.
If your child has a fever or a contagious disease, please stay at home until the illness has subsided. If you are unsure, please consult your doctor for the proper course of action.
Parents are asked to seek out the deck supervisor or manager on duty for any questions or concerns. Our instructors need 100% of their attention on their lessons and may not talk to parents during class times. All communications must go through front desk, manager or deck supervisor. Once your child achieves a skill you will receive email confirmation of the skill.
Once your child meet the skills for each level they will advance. Each child learns and develops at their own individual pace so we cannot give a timeline for advancement. It is our goal for your child to succeed and gain confidence and we will move them up as soon as they are ready.
Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee the same day, time, or instructor for your child once they advance, that will all be determined on availability.
Ribbons are only awarded for skill achievement. It is our philosophy at JMSS to celebrate every small victory through praise and encouragement, however, that will not always be accompanied with a ribbon or a medal.
We accept most major credit cards and payments can be made via our online parent portal.
We define swimming as being able to relax and move around in any depth of water with total comfort, as long as you want. Since each person has a unique history with the water, a specific time-frame cannot be predicted. The Overcoming Fear and Beginning Swimming classes are designed to build skills through repeated sessions. The goal is comfort in the water therefore going at your own pace is the key. Like learning anything, consistent practice produces faster results.
From years of teaching beginning and afraid adults, we have discovered they need time to go slowly, explore the water and not be pushed or rushed to try new skills. After the first hour in the pool, real discovery and learning is just starting to happen.
We have also discovered, for new swimmers, class once a week is not enough time to practice their skills and make significant progress.
Take our swimming quiz first to find out. Many students start with an Introduction to Swimming class where you can get a low-cost sample of our teaching system and recommendations from an instructor. You may also sign up for a free 10 minute swim evaluation by filling out the form on our homepage.
If you need the bottom or side of the pool to stop and get air while you’re swimming, or are afraid of the deep end, yes the beginning class is for you. Once you have complete trust in yourself in shallow water and you know how to move around and get air whenever you want, you will begin to lose your fear of the deep water. These skills are taught in the Beginning Swimming class and will greatly enhance what you already know about swimming.
The world of swimming students believes that treading is the one skill that if learned, will save them, or will make them comfortable. However, surprisingly, this is not true. The skill that makes you safe is being able to stay in control, float and use basic propulsion. Once you can do this in deep water, when you no longer have your attention focused on survival, then you are ready to learn the mechanics of strokes and treading.
If you were new to running, you would not expect to complete a marathon the first week. A house cannot be build without a foundation. Performing strokes, but still needing the side or the bottom of the pool to rest and get air, is not swimming. Learning freestyle can only be successful after essential basic skills are mastered.
Our classes are small to allow time to work with each student at their level. The average is 4 – 6 students with one instructor and one teaching assistant.
Goggles – We recommend wearing goggles as they will provide good underwater vision and will help prevent eye irritation. There are many different styles to choose from so if you are buying a new pair, try them on in the store and make sure they seal comfortably around the eye without the goggle strap. Soft silicone seals are the most comfortable for new swimmers.
Swim cap – Hair needs to be kept out of the face so it is recommended that men and women with long hair wear a swim cap. Silicone is the most comfortable.
Adult Class cancellations must be received by phone or email 72-hours prior to the start time, or by filling out this cancellation form. Payment may be refunded or credited to your account towards a future class. Due to the small class size, there are no refunds for cancellations received within 72-hours of the class start date, or after the class has started
Not necessarily. For beginners, this will depend on many factors, most importantly whether you have regular practice time outside of your lesson. Because you get more total hours in the water by taking a class, and it’s fun to learn with other people, it is recommend you start there and follow up with private lessons to further your swim training.
A full, private evaluation lesson is available for $80/hr. An instructor will take a look at your current swimming skills and recommend an appropriate class level. You will also receive instruction at your specific level to get you started, and address any questions about our classes.
Private lesson cancellations or reschedule must be communicated directly with your instructor by phone or email 24 hours prior to start time for refund or credit.
No problem. The coaches know it is an adjustment to transition from a 30-minute swim class to one hour, so we want to make sure anyone joining the team can gradually build up to the one hour of practice. A student can finish their practice anytime. However, we ask that swimmers arrive at practice on time and ready to go.
Sorry, there are no make-ups for sailfish sessions.
Swimmers will be assigned swim lanes and a training group according to skill level. The exception will be our 6 and under group who will all train together. The majority of practice time will be spent on learning and refining strokes. We also will work on building endurance; learning about swim team structure, such as circle swimming; how to use a pace clock; and Coach Jim’s tips on racing. Every week we will introduce our swim skill focus of the week.
Yes, you can join anytime and we will prorate your monthly dues. If you are switching from a weekly class time, then we will adjust your monthly dues accordingly.
Getting your swimmer(s) to all the JMSS Sailfish swim meets on time and ready to go will be important. Parents should inform the coaches if, for any reason, your swimmer will not be at the meet. During the Summer Session (May 30 – July 10) you may be asked to volunteer to help run the Monday afternoon swim meets; Don’t worry our coaches are here to guide you through the process.