How are Blue Legend classes structured? How many times a week? How long is each class?
Each of our sessions contain 10 classes. Classes are for 2 times a week, and each class lasts 1 hour (synchronized swimming class is 1.5 hours).
What is the teacher/student ratio in Blue Legend classes?
In our learn to swim classes, the teacher/student ratio is 1:5. In our long-term training classes for all four strokes, the teacher/student ratio is 1:8. In our synchronized swimming classes, the teacher/student ratio is 1:8-10.
Do you offer tryout classes? How do you know my child’s current level? Should I bring my child over to have him/her evaluated?
At Blue Legend, we do not offer tryout classes. However, we have our own evaluation system. Parents can evaluate their child’s swimming level based on the descriptions of different program levels that we offer. We also recommend parents to send us your child’s swimming videos so that our coaches will have a better idea and recommend your child the level that suits him/her.
After registration, what swimming equipment shall we prepare for the child?
Our registration comes with a swim cap with Blue Legend logo on it as well as an equipment bag. You only need to prepare swimsuit, goggles, slippers and a big towel. Other equipment such as kick board or floaty will be provided by Blue Legend.
What if my child is sick or must miss a class? Do you offer makeup classes?
If your child must miss a class for any reasons, please let us know ahead. For each session, we offer one makeup class regardless of how many classes your child has missed. Makeup classes are for mixed levels and do not have a limit of max number of students per class. We’ll let you know ahead the date and time of the makeup class. Please make an appointment for it.
After registration, if for personal reasons a student cannot continue attending classes, can I withdraw and get refund?
Once registered for classes, you cannot withdraw. Refund will not be issued for any reason (tardy, sickness, absence, etc.).
My child is still at a young age, and most certainly will not pursue professional athletic career when he/she grows up. Would it be enough that I teach him/her to swim? Why should I go for a professional swim coach?
For many of us, learning to swim is once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. The techniques you learn and the habit you form are very important. Trained incorrectly as a child, he/she may find it very hard to correct their swimming habit in later years. Self-taught or taught by unprofessional, it might leave a child with incorrect muscle memory. Once become a habit, it’s hard to correct. Our coaches at Blue Legend are trained in swimming instruction and know how to teach your child proper swimming techniques. We make sure your child improves his/her swimming skills in a steady and progressive manner.
My child is not a quick learner. He’s slow in learning gross motor skills, and he’s still at a young age. Should I wait till he’s older to learn swimming?
It really depends on the purpose of having your child learn to swim. If you want to keep your child out of the danger of drowning, then sure, you can wait till he’s older. If you want to develop your child’s interest in swimming, encourage your child into a healthy active lifestyle, and build his/her endurance, resilience as well as confidence through regular group training, then it’s never too early to start! At Blue Legend, we offer Bubble Class for children as young as 3.5 years old. Once they reach 4.5 years old, they will start to learn different swimming strokes. One of the benefits of starting lessons at an early age is to reduce their fear of water, making it much easier to learn various techniques in later years.
How many classes does it take to be able to swim?
Different people have different definition of “be able to swim”. Some may define it as dare to jump in the water and manage to float. Some may think it means able to stay afloat while performing some strokes. Yet others might not call themselves swimmers even if they could swim from one end to the other! Be able to move in the water and be good at swimming are rather two different concept. It is easy to move from one spot to another in the water, but it does not mean one can swim. There is no shortcut to learning swimming. It takes proper techniques and practice.
Why does my child learn slower than other kids?
Swimming is a perfect sport to boost physical fitness. However, teaching children to swim is not like assembling products on an assembly line. Children’s aptitude for swimming and attitude for training vary, even their body type and diet are different. All these affects how fast they learn. Our coaches are experienced at adjusting to children’s learning styles, helping them progress in their suitable pace. We cannot promise all children to come out the exact same level, just like schools cannot promise all students score 100 in tests. Even twins learn differently, so rather than compare with others how slow or fast your child learns, try to enjoy the process of learning and be prepared to surprise yourself with the progress your child makes!
To Our Parents
What you need to know about swim lessons for children
Please limit food intake 30 minutes before class to avoid discomfort or cramp in water.
We suggest that children use bathroom before changing into swimsuits. Workout will increase circulation and bowel movement. It’s a good habit to use bathroom before class to avoid wasting time running for bathroom in the middle of a class. Swimsuits: please choose those that are comfortable to wear and easy to put on and take off.
It is against our policy to let any child enter the pool without adult supervision. Before class starts, please hand your child over to our coach. During class, please stay by the poolside and keep an eye on your child. Do not chat, make phone calls, read or play on the phone. For safety purposes, after class, children under 12 are not allowed to enter the Jacuzzi. Please pick up your child and exit the pool as soon as the class ends. Your child’s safety is our first priority. Please take it very seriously.
Pool temperature: In general, pool temperature is kept around 84-86F. In cold weather, please wrap your child with big bath towel when he/she gets out of water. Dry thoroughly after shower, dress accordingly, dry any water inside the ears and stay hydrated. Immediately after swimming, please do not sit in the car directly in front of the AC. Poolside is wet and slippery, please remind your child not to get in or out of water without coach permission, and not to run or jump by the poolside. Our coaches will also remind them during the class.
Children have their own pace when learning a new skill. Please try not to compare with other children, force or criticize your own. We would like all our parents to be the strongest supporter and backbone for our children. If you have any question, please communicate with our coaches. It is our duty to offer you professional advice and help so that both you and your child will have a happy learning experience.
Otitis media (middle ear infection): Children’s ear canals are short. If water gets in, it’s easy to get out. Middle ear infection happens when the eustachian tubes are blocked due to upper respiratory infection or allergy, causing the accumulation of fluids in the middle ear. A bacterial or viral infection of this fluid causes the symptom of pain in the ear. A lot of children get middle ear infection even without swimming. What you can do is to have the child try to get water, if any, out of the ears by tilting the head to the ear facing down and jumping up and down while gently pulling the earlobe.
Allergy: Unless you are allergic to any substance in the water, you can swim. Swimming can help build up strong physique to alleviate allergy.
We hope all children will enjoy swimming in a happy, supportive and positive environment. We hope your whole family will enjoy the process of learning to swim.