The best way to reach me is through email and then I can send you all other forms of contact information. I do hope the website answers all of your questions, but if you have to get a hold of Susanne by phone and cannot reach me through an email you can leave a message at 208-378-4509.
We do have chairs and benches for you to watch your children. We do ask that you allow the instructors to teach your children and only interfere if your child is not listening.
We do have 2 changing rooms and a bathroom, so you can get changed before and after classes.
Taking pictures above and under the water is a great teaching tool for all ages. LSI has proven that kids can get over their fear this way and older level swimmers to adults start to understand what they are doing and how to improve or correct it.
“No” is the correct answer. Do not have your child come to lessons if they are sick in any way or have any sort of skin infection. This will avoid spreading germs to other children and instructors. WE have to keep well to teach other students also. This is why we allow make-ups, so keep them home and get them well!
We take every precaution to make sure that we are providing safe and clean water for your swim lessons. In order to do that we have a few rules:
Keeping our pool clean is one of the things LSI takes pride in. For safety reasons, if we have a fecal accident in the pool, we have to close the pool water down for a day and the cost is over $100.00 to bring it back up to cleanliness for all to swim again. This is over a 6 hour cleaning process, along with taking the time to reschedule, with all classes and instructors.. Please do not take your child and leave, as we may just provide land based instruction instead of a make-up. Make ups for accidents in the pool are extremely difficult to schedule. Dry-land training is valuable information and a wonderful compliment to the water lessons your child is receiving.
No chemicals are added to the pool on a daily basis except for muriatic acid which is used to adjust the pH of the water. This is an industry standard to maintain pH. This is done after the close of the day.
For the weekly deep cleaning of the pool water, a non-chlorine organic oxidizer is used which again is an industry standard for a salt water pool. Even though the manufacture of the non-chlorine organic oxidizer recommends swimming 15 minutes after the application, we wait 12 hours before swimming in the pool.
We at LSI are not only concerned with the health of our clients but also the health of my family and instructors as we spend many hours in the pool daily.
If you want your child to learn to swim as quickly as possible, then year round swimming provides the best results. Swim lessons take place in many different climates around the world. Children learn to swim in far lower temperatures than our 86-90 degree pool. Our year round facility is designed for the comfort of your children, along with keeping our instructors warm without having to wear wet suits.
Your child will not catch a cold from the water. Your children have a greater chance of catching colds or viruses at daycare, preschool, school, playgroup or going to the grocery store in the shopping carts, than from the treated water in a swimming pool. We also don’t avoid showers and bathing during the winter we just take care to dry off before we go outside. We also suggest you bundle up those little ones and yourself whenever you are outside with hats and scarfs to keep your body temperature as warm as possible.
Children who participate in swimming during the winter do not get more coughs and colds than their non-swimming counterparts. In fact, parents of children who participate in year round programs report that their child has had their best winter yet. This is not surprising as we know that exercise strengthens the immune system and that swimming is a very healthy activity, especially for the lungs.
LSI will close if the roads are not safe to drive on. If there is a school closure for snow or ice we will close also, since they know it’s not safe also. You will receive an email on the closure, so make sure all your information online is correct.
I actually love this question! My mom was my kindergarten teacher, so there was no messing around in class. In fact, I couldn’t even call her Mom during class! This didn’t damage me, but made me stronger. This is the way I hope to teach you to train your children. They may cry here and there, but they are not the wise ones, just the ones that are trying to outsmart you. Be strong for them and make sure they understand you would never bring them to a place that is not safe. It is all a trust issue or a control issue with your child. This may mean we have to ask you to hide or leave the building, so we can have your child focus on swimming and not crying for Mommy or Daddy. We do incentives like fish, stamps, ribbons and sometimes other surprises. My daughter cried in Water Babies for a bit, but by keeping her in class she acquired quite a determination in the water, amongst other things now that she is in her 20s! Swimming builds confidence in you and your children; don’t miss those times to build their confidence in life’s lessons that will last their whole lives!
No is the correct answer. You do have to be taught to swim. If you are an adult now and attended swim classes when you were younger and hated swimming, that is usually because they didn’t have a good instructor or their parents didn’t want to take the time and spend the money for them to learn to swim. Many times it is because there were other sports that their parents thought should come first. Or, their parents were not swimmers, so that was not a family priority. The problem worsens when they are older and they wish they had learned when they were younger, since they do not like the deep end, or getting tired when swimming, or just wish they could but why be embarrassed now?
Swimming is life saving for everyone! It’s also the best sport that you can do the rest of your life since it is helpful to joints and strength conditioning.
Whether boating, snorkeling on a vacation, swimming laps, enjoying the beach, or playing in the water with your kids, swimming is a great way of life and it is never too late to learn. Grandmas and Grandpas learn how to swim here at LSI and learn to love it!
Swimming is not something that comes easy. If you have any fear of the water, please start at least a year before you plan a fun vacation that involves the water. However, if you do not have a fear, but just need help with technique, with practice, you can accomplish your goals quickly. My plan is to teach you in a way that you will NEVER forget! That involves a lot of repetition and practicing on your part. This doesn’t mean you need to practice in the pool. It means you need to drill it in your mind. Adults that have this built up fear of water have blocked out the beauty of being in the water. Once they break through the joy of being in the water, they understand how the water works with their bodies. It’s so unlike other sports-we have to think of breathing (unlike other sports) which is the big one. Then, once you get that down, you have to think about body position, arm positioning, legs kicking correctly. This is why those Olympians have to practice hours and hours a day. Swimming is the best form of exercise as you age, and is great cross training for other sports. I strongly urge you to find the joy I have in swimming! It’s not easy or cheap but well worth it!
Again, all children are different. Some will come to swim lessons with no inhibitions about water and just need skills training. Other children will come to swim lessons with some anxiety about the water or putting their face in the water. We do give homework and the ones who practice what we teach improve at a faster pace than the ones who do not.
We do offer different level classes at the same time. If you have a child that a class is not offered at the same time, we have an enclosed play room that they can be in during this time.
We begin our parent and child swimming classes with babies as young as 6 months old. There are many benefits that babies receive during these lessons. Babies less than a year old accept the water more readily than older children. Fear or anxiety about water is acquired as children grow older. The longer the baby is kept away from water, the more likely the child will develop this fear or anxiety.
Infants are well adapted to swimming. When they are submerged they automatically hold their breath and make swimming movements. These reflex behaviors begin to fade as early as 5 months and must be renewed with practice. Babies can exercise more muscles in the water than on land. They are less restricted by gravity and their inability to sit or stand when they are in the water. This increased strength often translates into early acquisition of physical skills.
Early mastery of water movement has shown to provide babies a head start in learning basic swimming skills. Water helps improve coordination and balance by allowing babies to move bilaterally to maintain their equilibrium. Warm water, combined with exercise, relaxes and stimulates babies’ appetites. They usually sleep better on swimming days. Babies flourish with the focused attention their parents lavish on them during swimming.
Parents often confess that the baby swim lessons provide some of the little time they can spend pleasurable, uninterrupted minutes with their babies.
Our Water Babies program requires an adult, it is really more important to have Mom and Dad on board for the weekly visit, the changing room, getting wet, singing “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” 5 million times… than baby. What works for you will work for baby. Most parents tell us this is a wonderful time with their children and some tell us it is a great 45-minute time they get to relax and tune into their baby.
All children are different. Some will come to swim lessons with no inhibitions about water and just need skills training. Other children will come to swim lessons with some anxiety about the water or putting their face in the water. If there is a family member that has anxiety around water, children usually feed into that and become scared of the water.
Children are also at different levels in maturity, physical coordination, and development. Our curriculum is based on each individual–their needs and abilities. Some children will take time to get going with the lessons and then will progress more steadily through the levels.
Whatever the case, we teach each child with a gentle and encouraging approach and recognize that every child is different and has different needs. Our goal is to challenge your child and lead them along the path of learning to swim.
All registration is done online, so please have that done before you arrive. All forms need to be completed before entering the pool.
All children under the age of 3, or children that are not potty-trained must wear (1) a disposable SWIM diaper and (2) a reusable swim diaper with SNUG elastic around waist and legs while swimming. If you do not already have a reusable swim diaper, we have all sizes available for purchase. All SWIM disposable diapers are available in their size at any department/grocery stores. We have experimented with either or both and having both is the best for both the parents and the pool! Keeping our pool clean is one of the things LSI takes pride in. When there is an accident in the pool we have to close the pool down for a day and the cost is over $100.00 to bring it back up to cleanliness for all to swim again. This is over a 6 hour cleaning process, along with taking the time to reschedule, with all classes and instructors.
Children ages 3 and older, who are potty-trained, need to have a swim suit, towel and goggles. However, we do stress pool rules here and are grateful when parents do at home also. The more we stress the rules the more they are trained to go to the bathroom in the toilet only! If your child has goggles they are welcome to bring them. Goggles are required for all classes from Level 1 and up. We have goggles for sale and for loan during the lesson. If your child has long hair, we require that your child wear a swim cap so there are no hair balls we have to swim through and the drain doesn’t get clogged. This is also so your child’s hair will not interfere with their vision during swimming, since during the learning phase of swimming the least amount of distractions is the best! We sell a variety of caps that are comfortable for all head sizes here at LSI.
Here are some instructions for you when you enter the pool:
Classes on the first day are a time of adjustment for many, so please be patient working with everyone and we will get everything running smoothly. We do try to accommodate families with siblings, so families do not have to be here for hours, so we will have more than a few classes going on at the same time.
Always remember swimming is a sport like no other in many ways…it’s that one sport that could save your child’s life! This life saving skill has to be taught with a LOT of repetition to have our bodies learn to move through the water in a way that is graceful and not a battle of exhaustion, we actually have to breath differently, it’s not like kicking a ball, it’s a confidence booster-ask anyone who came out of any fear of the water and they will tell you! Please remember to keep them in lessons so they do not learn any bad habits. Susanne is known for working around peoples’ busy schedules.
As said above: Whatever the case, we teach each child with a gentle and encouraging approach and recognize that every child is different and has different needs. We have taught autistic children, blind children, down syndrome and other special needs. These lessons will be only in private lessons, so we can cater to your child’s special needs.
Susanne will try to keep the classes consistent with teachers, however, when new instructors come in they will need to be moved around some. There may be times when instructors are out for vacations or illness, so someone different might have to be teaching that day. We do ask you train your child that you would always put them in a safe environment, so they need to trust their teacher at LSI. This will help with crying children that may disrupt other children. LSI does train everyone to teach the same way, so your child will not have a difference in the way they are taught. LSI gets good feedback on instructor quality, so we strive to have all instructors teach the same way and act the same way with your children.
Our purpose is to Motivate & Fascinate Children In Fitness & Learning; To Enrich Self Worth & Self Esteem; To Create A Safe, Positive Environment; and To Give Each Child A Chance To Be Noticed!
Parents can be a great help in their child’s learning to swim in the sense that they need to trust our skilled instructors, so their children will trust them as well. This may mean that the parents may need to hide themselves so their little ones do not focus on calling them, but instead focus on learning what we teach. If parents do not know how to swim or have anxiety around water their children may have a greater anxiety since they feel this from their parents.
Each private lesson is 30 minutes. Each group lesson is 45 minutes. Privates can be paid, daily, bi-weekly, monthly, or however you wish. We accept all forms of payment; however, cash and checks are preferred since they do not have the overhead cost like credit cards. Group lessons go for 6 days within a months time, or close to it, depending on swim meets, holidays, family gatherings, etc. All group payments are due the first day of classes.
There are no trial lessons. This is a family owned small business that requires a lot of overhead cost. If you are not sure of your child’s placement in a class, they will need to take a private lesson to determine their level. Please make sure you look at all descriptions of classes, so you do not put them in a situation that is not comfortable for them.
Yes, we offer adult swim clinics and competitive swimmer clinics on most Saturdays. The only time we are off is around holidays.
Swimming well doesn’t just mean you swim as fast as you can, it means you have to practice the correct technique constantly or you will be tearing shoulders and not become an efficient swimmer.
Every year we offer a Christmas Swim Camp usually the first weekend in December. Mark your calendars now! That date is posted on the website toward the end of November.
We believe strongly in our LSI program. Here at LSI we have no registration fee. Due to the costs incurred, LSI will not issue any refunds. We will offer private lessons if group lessons did not fit your child.
At Lifestyle Swimming Instruction, we believe that children are most successful in a consistent learning environment. Because of this, we encourage you to attend your regularly scheduled swim class as often as possible. We also do not want any viruses or germs entering our facility, so if you or your child are ill, please do not attend classes.
Unfortunately, we can no longer allow make ups. It is imperative that the safety and quality of our swim lessons take priority over any scheduling needs. Therefore, by adding an additional student in the class may disrupt the consistency and integrity of the class setting. We appreciate your understanding so LSI can continue being known for quality swim lessons.
If your child does youth group or other sports on a Wednesday or Friday and can only make it to one of those days each week, LSI will let them come on the 3 days they can come to for $60 a session. Reminder privates are offered on Mondays. Each private is $40.00 per half hour. We do encourage them in the water with instruction as much as they can for continued improvement.
We have experienced that the pool stays cleaner by not having it open every day, and many instructors have school or work at other jobs during the week and need time for homework, so they can make sure they are here during the M, W, F hours assigned to them. The muscles recover a little easier that way when they do not have to tread everyday also. We try to keep weekends open for birthday parties and family time.
Absolutely! Give the gift of fun and safety! Provide the child or adult you love with the life-saving skill of swimming. Swim lessons reduce the risk of drowning by 88%. Our lessons are taught by caring professionals who have a passion for creating comfort, confidence, and competence in the water. Safety is a part of every lesson. Gift certificates are a great way to help a child or friend with something they might not be able to do or have the courage to do.
Drowning is the second leading cause of accidental death in children one to fourteen years old. The majority of the children that drown are under the age of five.
The majority of adults have not been taught to swim correctly. Giving that gift so they can do an open water swim, triathlon or just learn to swim laps better without getting exhausted can be the best gift they received!
Unlike most places, we have never required a registration fee. Pools take hours of maintenance every day so we do have to raise the cost periodically to keep up with the pool cost. We are strict with instructors also, and we give them a good salary, so they teach your kids how to swim the way they are instructed, since they like the job and they like the pay.
We ask for respect for the instructors who are here to teach you and your children. If you forget to come to class or do not show without a day prior notification, you are charged for that class without any make-up. LSI pays the instructors whether you are here or not, so please do not miss classes!
If you want to give an instructor a tip because you are pleased with the way they teach you or your child, feel free–they love surprises! Teaching swimming is no easy task, especially when they are instructed to teach the way Susanne expects them to. She requires perfection!
Also, every Christmas we have baskets out for all the hired instructors. Many students enjoy making and giving gifts of appreciation for their favorite instructors.