By Guest Blogger, Jessica W
I have been converted! There was a time when I dragged my boys to group swim lessons for the entire summer. They moaned. They cried. They ran back to me after the lesson started. But, I stuck it out in hopes that they would make a bit of progress by the end of the session.
Last year, after the first lesson of the summer, I took the boys over to the wading pool for some playtime and I sat down to contemplate if I’d done the right thing signing them up yet again for the same swim lessons. In previous years, the instructors had been caring and capable. This year, I had a bad vibe. And maybe the group setting (5 or more kids per one instructor) wasn’t a good fit for my children. So as most women do when something is on your mind, I started chatting with another mother on a nearby lounge. Lucky me, she was a champion of Charlotte Swim Academy. And I listened and then acted! I canceled our swim lessons that day and called Charlotte Swim Academy immediately afterwards. Lessons were still available! And the boys were off and running, or should I say swimming! I am almost giddy about this experience so I am thrilled to tell you more about our personal experience at Charlotte Swim Academy!
Jack (7) and William (5) have been taking lessons there since June 2007. We chose 20-minute private lessons. With this option, they receive one-on-one direction from a well-trained instructor. How did I know the instructor was well trained, you might ask? Well, I just knew! Mother’s intuition? Who knows? The progress Jack and William made proves this point. They were conquering feats I never would have imagined in just a couple of lessons. One example is they put their heads under water and then, get this, they went down to the floor of the pool to retrieve diving sticks. I was just about doing back flips in the parents’ viewing room as I watched my boys do these wonderful new skills!
To support this point of “well-trained instructors” I turn to their website which reads “We offer a variety of classes where students learn to swim in a positive, warm and loving environment. Our gentle, loving methods are unique and customized to your child’s needs. Your child will progress easily through our self-paced curriculum, which we have been developing and improving since 1991.” This is truly what we have experienced. It is so evident in the instructors’ demeanor. They are so pleasant! They make constant eye contact with my children. They speak softly with words of encouragement and have led my boys through some of the toughest challenges of their little lives. At the end of each lesson, the instructor reviews the progress my child made.
Jack and William have been so proud of themselves. Jack says he loves to swim! William still has moments of hesitation before a lesson but then comes out of his shell as soon as he hits the water! And, just to add, the facility there is very well thought out. There are a number of private bathrooms with showers for rinsing off the chlorine. The pool area is very warm and the water is a comfortable temperature. There is a viewing room for the parents and a play room with TV and toys for siblings. In my opinion, this is the way to go! Charlotte Swim Academy’s philosophy of “Patience, Personalized Attention and Positive Reinforcement” couldn’t be more apparent in everything they do.
Kudos, Charlotte Swim Academy! Kudos!
I agree!! My 3 year old just completed his first week at CSA and I am thrilled with his progress. He too is diving to the bottom of the pool to retrieve toys and he loves to swim under water at the big pool in the neighborhood. This was a very good investment!
We never tried the Charlotte Swim Academy (although I’ve heard great things about it), but I am a huge proponent of doing private vs. group swim lessons. You pay more upfront, but you save money in the long run by having fewer lessons. One private lesson equals at least three group lessons in my opinion.
Big fans of CSA here!! My very cautious and slow to warm child was loving his lesson after only 5 mins in the water. I was floored! We did semi-private with both our boys taking lessons together and had a fabulous experience. We live in Plaza Midwood – so it was quite a hike to get out there – but completely worth it. I highly recommend CSA for anyone who wants their children to develop a love for the water and for swimming. Oh and the private lessons may be a bit more – but we suggested it to the grandparents as a birthday present and they loved it!
Thank you for this timely information. My 5yo son made a new years resolution to learn how to swim! We don’t have regular access to a pool so I really haven’t had a chance to get him in the water much. I’m calling them tomorrow!
Ditto! My kids learned to swim faster and with more confidence than anywhere else. My five year old did so well – they began to work on her free style strokes. They also offer semi-private lessons which worked great.
I had my children in great private lessons in our home. The lessons are daily and my kids really did great with the one on one attention. Greenwald Guppies, 704-544-3254.
Greenwald Guppies does great private swimming lessons in your home! 704-544-3254
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