How long will it take for my child to swim?
It is impossible to determine how long a child will take to learn to swim. Some factors which will affect the learning process are age, physical development of a child, playtime in the pool, frequency of lessons and parent style / approach to swimming. Each child learns at his or her own pace. If you participate in weekly swimming lessons throughout the year this equates to 20 hours of swimming tuition. This is not much time to learn the life skill of swimming. The more you do the better you will get.
When should I start my child in swimming lessons?
We recommend that children be exposed to water as soon as they are born, bath-time fun (click here for more information).
We commence parent and child classes at six months of age. Our classes develop confidence, water awareness and improve motor co-ordination in an aquatic environment. Children will learn skills that are vital for their development as swimmers and also water safety.
What should my child wear to swimming lessons?
Please bring togs, towels, cap and goggles. Children under 3 (and older if not fully toilet-trained) must wear swim diapers. Here at Fulton Swim School we have a double nappy policy and require your child to wear a little swimmer disposable nappy as well as a Swimmer Diaper. The only floaters we want in our pools are our pupils!
All pupils must wear swimming caps, this helps keep hair out of the face whilst practicing skills, keeps you warmer and also keeps our pool environment cleaner. Caps can be purchased from Fulton Swim School for $10.00. (Infants not required to wear swim caps)
What if my child is scared or cries during the lesson?
Our teachers are trained to work with even the most fearful or nervous swimmers. Reassure your child and stay calm and then let the instructor work with your child.
Some children experience separation anxiety or fear of a new place which both will diminish over time. Over the years we have developed many strategies to work through and overcome a student’s fears and anxiety.
We recommend that you do not pull your child out of the pool during a lesson or stop lessons altogether. This can be detrimental because it allows the fear to be reinforced without giving the lessons a chance to work and the instructor the opportunity to alleviate the student’s fears. Your child’s safety is our top priority.
Please be patient and allow the instructors and staff to do what we do best - teaching every child to learn to swim and love to swim!
What if my child is sick, should I bring him / her to the swimming lesson?
If your child is showing flu-like symptoms, has a fever or any stomach or digestion problems, we request that they do not attend swim lessons. Please log into the customer portal on our website and mark your child as not attending
What is the water temperature?
Fulton Swim School pride ourselves on having warm pools, we keep our pools at 32 degrees
What is the depth of the pool?
Our Puni facility slopes from 0.7 through to 1m, our Patumahoe facility slopes from 0.7 through to 1.2m.
Can I change my day or time?
Just call or email us. We are here to help!
Do you teach children with special needs?
Yes. If your child has special needs / a learning difficulty, please communicate with the staff and instructor about their individual needs. The more information we have on the needs of your child, the more effectively we can teach them to swim.
What can I do to make my child comfortable in the water?
The bath tub is a great place to enjoy water play and to help a child become more comfortable with the water. Many skills can be practiced in a bathtub. Don’t be afraid to pour water over your child’s head and face. We also encourage the parent to take their child in a pool as often as possible. Exposure to swimming and having fun in the pool is the best way to mitigate or eliminate any fear of water or swimming. Remember in any environment with water watch your child, drowning is quick and silent.
Do you teach adults?
Absolutely. We believe that all adults should know how to swim comfortably. It is particularly important for parents, to help insure the safety of their children. We have instructors who are trained to help swimming adults learn to swim, perfect their strokes and gain fitness.
Do you offer refunds, credits or transfers at Fulton Swim School?
Due to operational costs, no refund, credits or transfers will be issued at Fulton Swim School