Frequently Asked Questions
COVID-19 Safety Measures outdoor Pools
- Please do not come to class if you are sick or have a temperature.
- Please limit the number of people coming to class with each child.
- Please keep chairs 6ft apart from non family members.
- Please wait for the previous classes to finish before entering the lesson areas to limit crowding.
- Please bring your child to class dressed in a swimsuit and ready-to-go.
Covid 19 policies and procedures at Advent Health Wellness Center in Celebration.
- Please sign in with the Wellness Center front desk each time you arrive for classes.
- Masks must be worn by adults at all times. The student and the instructor are not required to wear a mask while in the pool.
ONLY ONE Parent/Guardian (visitor) is permitted per Sharks & Minnows student in the Wellness Center and on the pool deck. There should only be one individual in the facility per student.
ONLY ONE applies to siblings as well! If you have multiple children in lessons please understand that both guardians can accompany each student so long as they’re in the same class time, siblings with different class times must have one guardian with them on deck and a guardian waiting outside the hospital with the other sibling for the next class.
- Sharks & Minnows participants & Wellness Center Members with children must enter & exit the pool area along the sides of the building where the family bathrooms & lockers are located. Please ask the front-desk if you need assistance.
- Children & Wellness Center members children under 8yrs are not permitted to enter or exit through the Adult locker rooms.
- Participants may use the family bathroom & family locker rooms for changing & showering. It is best to come dressed in a swimsuit and ready to go.
- Please enter the pool area at your designated class time to avoid crowding.
- Please bring your own towel as this facility does not provide a towel service.
- The parent/guardian must stay in the pool area during the entire class time.
- Please keep 6 ft apart from any non-family member.
- Sharks & Minnows participants & Wellness Center Members with children must exit the facility once their lesson is complete.
What kind of program do you have for my toddler?
How old does my child have to be to take lessons?
What is a session?
How many sessions will my child need?
How many students are in each class?
How long will it take for my child to learn how to swim?
How qualified are your instructors?
What about private classes?
What if it is raining?
Please show up to class regardless of the weather. Only the Instructor has the authority to cancel a class. In the event of bad weather, the Instructor will make a decision whether to cancel a class at the time of the class or 10 minutes into the class. If the Instructor cancels a class, that class will be rescheduled. Classes are still taught in light rain. If there is thunder or lightning in the area, or if the rain becomes too heavy to safely conduct class, the Instructor will conduct the Safety Day portion of the curriculum in a location outside of the pool and away from the elements. It is best to assume that classes are on as scheduled unless you receive a call from the office or the instructor stating otherwise.
What if I have to miss a class? Are there make-up classes?
How do I sign up?
You can register online at www.sharksandminnows.com or over the phone: 407-699-1992
How can I pay for the classes?
We accept checks and money orders, as long as they are mailed to our office within five business days of you signing up for the classes. If the check or money order is not in our office after 5 business days, you may lose your spot in the class.
Make sure you write on the check:
-The name of your child
-The pool where you are taking your lessons
-The date of the first day of class
-The time of your class
Can I just bring a check to the pool?
What does my child have to wear?
-It is mandatory for all children under the age of 3 to wear a reusable swimming diaper not little swimmers throw away diapers.
Children over 3 years of age:
-Boys: Swimming briefs or trunks with drawstrings are preferred.
-Girls: One-piece tank suits are preferred.
Adults (Tadpole/Frog classes):
-Men: Swimming briefs or trunks with drawstrings are preferred.
-Ladies: One-piece tank suits are preferred. Please bring your own towel to the pool.
Should I feed my child before class?
What is Our Training Philosophy?
Why Should Your Child Learn to Swim?
1. Physical Development – learning to swim at an early age not only increases their physical development but also but their power of concentration & coordination.
2. Make new friends – Community Pools are a great place for kids to make friends and develop social skills. Swimming is also a skill that they can have in common with other children.
3. Builds self esteem – Being able to do something well builds children’s self-confidence & self esteem.
4. Summer time blues – a visit to the pool takes kids out of the house and relieves summer boredom.
5. Heat relief – kids get cooled off from the hot Florida sun and Mom’s stress gets melted away.
6. Inexpensive – Swimming is an inexpensive form of family entrainment.
7. Safe place for fun – Swimming in a supervised area allows you to easily keep your eyes on your children.
8. Sleep aid – After swimming in the afternoons, kids eat better and sleep earlier and sounder.
9. Peace of mind – Knowing that your child is a strong swimmer gives you some peace of mind when your child visits a friends house to swim.
10. New Adventures – now that they swim well, this opens the door to other water sports such as surfing, wake boarding, swim teams, and diving. This strong foundation assures that they will do well.
Want to Get the Most From Our Classes?
Communicate with your instructor! They have answers to almost all the questions you have. But remember, they cannot help you unless you ask them. They are always willing to help you!
Have your child communicate with the instructor as well.
Arrive at class 10-15 minutes early. This will ensure that the class will start on time, the instructor will not have to go back over material already taught, and also that you and your child will feel relaxed and not rushed. Arriving late will disrupt the class.
Observe your child’s classes and practice the skills taught in class at home on off days. This way, your child will be ready to learn new skills for the next class. Remember, what you put into the class is what you will get out of it!
Be your child’s biggest fan! Giving praise when they do something well encourages positive reinforcement.
Try venturing to new pools. This enables your child to see other children swimming, and helps to curb any fears they may have about swimming in strange places.
If your child starts to cry or get upset, it may be best to observe the class from a point out of sight. It may be difficult at first, but they will soon adjust.
Once the session is complete, don’t just stop! Enroll your child into the next session, so that they can continue the ongoing process of learning to swim.
If you plan to feed your child within an hour before class, remember to stick to the B.R.A.T. Diet (bananas, rice, apple sauce, and toast). No dairy or citrus products!