Connect the Dots Swim: Where kids-adults learn to swim in 7 days! Of course we teach all levels, from beginner to advanced. Lifesaving, swim team, training, or confidence building...whatever your experience level, you’ll be amazed how quickly you’ll improve!
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This is the best swim program around. I have recommended it to many friends.
In a matter of days, I watched my son learn to jump in and swim across the entire pool all by himself! It was truly amazing! My son has so much confidence in the water now.
Each step or “dot” of this teacher-developed method is meticulously planned using principles of teaching, psychology, and swimming physics. Traditional programs often instruct in the wrong order or waste time on techniques that don’t improve outcomes. At Connect the Dots Swim, every “dot” has a purpose that quickly leads to improved swimming!
We are known for our “fast-pass class,” our most popular program of seven 30-minute private lessons. Beginning students ages 2.5-adults learn essentials and “connect the dots” between skills so quickly! Parents also have the option for students to progress more slowly, like typical Swim Programs, learning the basics of swimming and safety at the student’s pace.
For more experienced swimmers, we customize lessons based on the student’s needs and the parents’ goals, using more of our teacher-developed methods in either private one-on-one or semi-private (2 students) lessons that you arrange with your friends.
We come to you, your neighbors, or your community pool. (If you are in LaCrescenta, you come to a private pool that our friends let us use). We don’t build expensive facilities in hopes that you’ll take lessons for years in order to pay for those facilities. Instead, you get the best value with every lesson. After all, that’s what we all want! That’s also why most of our business comes from referrals from current and past happy swimmers. We hope you’ll be one soon!
We book up quickly and have a waiting list every year. Arrange with your friends, neighbors, co-workers, or other acquaintances now and register before all spots are taken!
What you need to know....
Do you teach adults or more advanced swimmers?
Yes, we teach students at ALL levels. We teach many adults each summer, and many students who are preparing for swim team, lifeguarding, etc.
Where is the pool?
In all locations except La Crescenta, we come to your pool, your neighbors, or your community pool where you have arranged to have at least 2 students taking consecutive lessons. In La Crescenta, you come to a private pool and you don’t need to arrange for 2 consecutive lessons (though it’s fun when your friends swim before or after you, so you may want to arrange this). You just sign up for the time slot you want. You’ll will choose your area on the “locations” page of the website and then provide the pool location when you register.
How do I find a pool?
How do I find a pool? In La Crescenta, we use our friend’s pool. In other areas, the easiest way is to talk to your friends, neighbors, relatives, co-workers, and acquaintances and arrange to all take lessons at the same location. It’s like a party! You could also coordinate through social media sites or neighborhood sites like nextdoor.com. You put together at least 2 students to take consecutive private lessons at the same pool. (Except La Crescenta).
Is the pool heated?
How often are lessons?
Lessons are 7 consecutive days with a day or two break somewhere in the middle, depending on the week.
How long are lessons?
Lessons are scheduled for 30 minutes. Actual instruction time is a little less to allow for students to get in and out of the pool, instructors to record notes, and to update parents.
What is the cost?
You’ll see the cost when you’ve finished reading this page and move on to Step 2, Location.
Do you offer a discount for siblings?
Do you offer a discount for siblings? I don’t. Rather than charging inflated rates and then discounting, I provide a better value than any other program. A large percentage of my students each year are siblings–-I have parents every year with 3 children in my program.
How do I pay?
Upon registration, you’ll be asked to either pay a deposit or the entire amount; instructions are provided during registration.
What can I expect?
Within 7 lessons, most beginning students age 3+ will swim on their own for at least 5 seconds. Many will also learn to turn themselves around and grab the wall and pull themselves out if they fall in. (Some may not be proficient within such a short time, but most are able to do each step). Each student is different, so results are different depending on age, coordination, physical and mental ability, and other factors.
How can you do this in 7 days?
The founder of the “Connect the Dots” method is a school teacher. He has an advanced degree with courses in learning methods, psychology, and physics. He has also created school curriculum for math, science, engineering, and music. As a swimmer and lifeguard instructor, he has refined the Connect the Dots method over decades based on the most successful outcomes.
Do students need more than 7 days of lessons?
Parents often say “There’s no way I/or my child will be swimming that quickly.” While you may not witness a miracle, most are impressed by the quick progress (understanding results depend on age, coordination, physical and mental ability, and other factors), however seven days is an incredibly fast time to learn to swim! Students make more progress in this program than any other, but beginners will have only been swimming for a couple of days, as they are learning how most of the time. Being a confident and safe swimmer requires learning to take breaths, swimming longer distances, treading water, etc. These are all skills that take a lot of practice. Those who already have some experience in the water will progress rapidly towards being a safe, confident, and capable swimmer. Connect the Dots Swim is the best value and investment in your or your child’s water safety and swimming development.
What is the best age to begin a child in swim lessons?
Age 2 is great to get used to the water and age 3 is perfect for more accelerated lessons. Some aged 2.5+ who are further developed, can jump, and have good language and motor skills, may also be ready for accelerated lessons.
Why don’t you teach younger than 2.5?
Simply put, we believe in providing value. While “baby and me” classes may be fun, you are investing in your experience, not your child’s. They will not learn any faster with baby and me classes. You can and should take your child in the pool and enjoy the time, but you don’t need to spend money to do that
Is your teaching style “Gentle?”
Over 90% of students have some fears, such as putting their face in the water, letting go of the instructor, and swimming to the wall. We can go at the student’s pace, or if you choose “Fast-pass classes,” they are accelerated and the rest of this paragraph is dedicated to them. Ellen Hendrikson, PhD, writes “One of the difficult things about anxiety of any kind is that the more we avoid doing something that makes us anxious, the greater the fear and anxiety grow. Rather than waiting for the time to ‘feel right,’ we should start by taking baby steps and repeating them over and over until the fear goes away.” We work through students’ fears and the majority get past their anxiety in just a few days and then develop a love of swimming. Students are required to put their face in the water and we help them do it so that they minimize swallowing water and can get under to dive for toys. I provide specific recommendations on how instructors and parents should deal with a child who is resistant or crying. I know from years of experience that this method minimizes fear quickly and allows your child to enjoy swimming soon.
Why is it common for beginners to cry?
The first few days of lessons are hard and the swimmer is often experiencing things they have never experienced before. Being with a new person (the instructor), and especially having water on their face/going under water. It’s normal for students to cry for the first 3 days of lessons because they are unsure. Usually swimmers calm down in lesson 3 or 4, then they are so proud of what they can do! Be sure to praise them after lessons. Parents sometimes get discouraged after the swimmer has been crying and then project that onto their swimmer. That means that your swimmer will feel that way too! Don’t get discouraged. We are moving fast, but it does take some time. Let your swimmer know that you are proud of them for trying new things! Lastly, be patient with the program because it really works!
Do parents get in the water with the child during class?
No. This prevents a trust bond from forming between student and instructor that is crucial for success. I do recommend that the parent get in a pool with the child outside of lesson time to practice and reinforce skills, though.
How can I help my child succeed and become more comfortable in the water?
Start by pouring water on your swimmer’s face while they are in the bath tub. Parents often block the eyes or tilt the head back while rinsing out shampoo. If you do...don’t. Instead, explain that when you count to three you are going to pour water on their head. Then count to three and do it. This will help your swimmer get used to water running down their face which will help them adapt to being in the pool quicker. Start practicing this now. Next, practice at home. Don’t have a pool? That’s fine! Have your swimmer practice little, fast kicks while they are lying on their belly on the bed, couch, in the bath, or pretty much anywhere! This will help their brain understand what swimming kicks feel like and will also help their stamina for lessons. Finally, show or tell them that swimming is fun and how much you or family members love to swim! We have had many swimmers who are upset at lessons then go home and swim in a pool with mom, dad, a sibling, or friends and come to the next lesson happier and ready to participate. Sometimes the swimmer doesn’t understand that swimming is supposed to be enjoyable until they see those they love having fun doing it!
Do students learn to take breaths?
What happens if I miss a lesson?
If a lesson is missed because of an illness or emergency, it can be made up if the instructor has a vacancy. A make-up lesson is not guaranteed and is subject to the instructor’s availability. If a lesson is missed because of a scheduling conflict, the lesson will not be made up, though you can have someone attend in your place.
How do I change or cancel a reservation?
If you want to change times, you first need to cancel the existing reservation and then sign up for a new time. Find the email confirmation from “email@example.com.” This contains your reservation date and time, and a link to the scheduling system. Click on your reservation, which opens a new window. Click on the icon after your name, then the garbage can to delete. Now you can sign up for a new time.
Do students vomit?
We work hard to avoid it, but it happens. Eating too close to lesson time will do it. Eat at least 1 hour before swimming. Students work really hard and their stomach may cramp. If there is food, it’s coming up. Swallowing water also causes vomiting. Swimmers can do this through their mouth or nose. Water goes into the nasal cavities when submerged and then some students try to breath with their nose when they surface. We practice how not to do this, but it takes practice. Swallowing water through the mouth is common and we work on that also. It is nothing to be alarmed about and it is not the same as “dry” drowning.
What is dry drowning?
Secondary drowning or “dry drowning” is rare and happens most often after a child has been rescued from a situation when they are submerged under water for a period of time while they are unattended or unwatched. During their incident, water has been inhaled and has entered their lungs causing the body to receive less oxygen even after they have been rescued and exited the water. Secondary drowning is accompanied by coughing and wheezing that will continue well after the incident has occurred. You can find articles online if you would like.
How do I find a pool?
In La Crescenta, we use our friend’s pool. In other areas, the easiest way is to talk to your friends, neighbors, relatives, co-workers, and acquaintances, or coordinate through social media sites or neighborhood sites like nextdoor.com. It’s likely you’ll find someone else who needs lessons also! And if you join up, you save! See details when you choose your location.