Important Tips & Info

IMPORTANT FOR PARENTS

CHECK THE CALENDAR

Unsure if we have lessons?  Check the calendar.  The calendar is also available in the mobile app.  All of our vacation days, holidays or other days off are listed so you don’t have to guess!

Also, we always post changes and reminders to our Facebook and Instagram accounts.  Make sure to check them out occasionally to stay up to date!

NOTIFICATIONS

Don’t miss out!!  Make sure that you checked the box to “opt-in” for text messaging in your account. If you haven’t, you won’t receive notification of class changes, cancellations or other important information.

Using the mobile app?  To receive notifications about lesson changes or updates, make sure you have joined the group called “Lesson Notifications.”  AND check that your notifications are turned on in your phone settings so you don’t miss anything!

WETSUIT TIPS

Material: NEOPRENE – not nylon. “Rashguard” shirts are for sun protection, not warmth.

Length:
**Very thin children or those under 4 should have FULL length suits.
**Children in Clownfish level or above should have “shorty” suits – short sleeves and legs to prevent movement from being restricted.

Thickness: (The greater the thickness, the warmer the suit.)
*Children under 3: 2 – 3mm
*Students in Tigerfish level or above: 1.5-2mm

Here is a link to the Dream Big Swim Academy team store:
http://www.swimoutlet.com/dreambigswimacademy
Amazon usually has a good variety of suits as well.

OTHER HEALTH/SAFETY TIPS

  • SHOWER before and after lessons!!  Even though it may be time consuming, there are multiple benefits to showering.
    • Before lessons:
      • Removes contaminants that may be spread into the pool such as fecal matter or diseases
      • Water is absorbed into hair/skin and reduces the damage from chlorine
      • Swimsuits are saturated and absorb less chlorine = LAST LONGER
    • After lessons:
      • Increases body temperature rapidly (It can take hours naturally.)
      • Removes chlorine and other pool chemicals from the body and swimsuit
      • No baths when you get home!!
  • Wear non-slip shoes/sandals in the locker room
    • Take them off outside of the locker room and put them back on before entering to prevent disease transmission
  • Do not send students to lessons if they are sick. This includes a mild cough, runny nose, sore throat, or tummy ache. Cancel 24 hours before the lesson and wait to schedule a makeup lesson until the student is healthy.
    • Swim lessons require tremendous amounts of energy.  Swimming while sick WILL make symptoms worse or increase the recovery time.
    • None of the instructors want your germs.  Really…we are good with the ones we already have. Just because it doesn’t seem contagious, doesn’t mean it’s safe.
  • If a student has had diarrhea or a high fever,  they must be free from ALL symptoms for 24 hours.  Cancel and schedule a makeup lesson.  Both of these conditions can be spread in the water depending on cause!!
    • For example:  If your lesson is on Wednesday and your student develops diarrhea/fever on Monday night, you need to cancel the lesson on Tuesday morning and reschedule.
  • COVER HEADS or dry hair!  When you leave lessons, make sure to cover your student’s head.  If you have time, dry hair.  Covering the head can help prevent kids from getting sick.  
    • Remember that we lose the majority of body heat from the head. The body has to use energy to maintain it’s temperature.  If the body is using it’s energy to stay warm – there isn’t energy available to fight off germs.

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