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PBC Swim Tips:

This guide contains information and suggestions that will ensure your child and you of having a positive and enjoyable swimming experience. Please read it carefully before your child’s first lesson.

An important part of a successful program is communication with you. Please speak with the Director or call us at any time if you have questions or if we may assist you in any way.


Peninsula Bay Cities Swim School offers “Fun Based”©. water adjustment and swim lessons for young children through teens.

Our exclusive and proven method of instruction has been responsible for teaching swimming and water safety to thousands of children over the past 25 years.

Our certified instructors, trained in our proven method, place emphasis on: water adjustment, breath control, floating and recovery, correct body position, developing basic arm and leg coordination and basic water safety. The result ensures a happy and rewarding swimming experience for everyone.


Tell your child what to expect (a large pool, other children, friendly instructors, etc.). Tell your child that he or she will be escorted to the pool and enter the water with the instructor and other children, and that you will remain on the deck and watch from the spectator area.

Before coming to the pool young children can practice in the bathtub. Exercises that may help prepare your child for lessons include: blowing bubbles, splashing, playing, dunking their head underwater, and retrieving small objects from the bottom of the tub. Think of activities that help familiarize your child with the water, enjoy getting his or her face, head and ears wet, and teach breath control. YOU can make the water FUN and help your child become water adjusted BEFORE the first lesson!

Please have your child ready when the class is called. Plan to arrive a few minutes before the start of your scheduled lesson so that your child can change, use the restroom, and put on a swim diaper if required. (All children under 4 years of age are required to wear a Swim Diaper*). 


Family members are welcome to sit in the designated area and enjoy the children and lesson. Please let the instructor teach. Our staff is trained to handle a variety of situations and instruct children of various ages and abilities. Please do not interfere with the lesson, walk onto the deck, or distract your child or the instructor. If you have a suggestion or would like to speak with your child’s instructor, please let the Swim Director know and she will arrange for you to meet with the instructor.

Please keep siblings or other children under control. Bring books, games, or toys for them to use during the lessons. There is no swimming for persons, other than those enrolled in a class during lesson periods. There is no childcare available at the pool. Parents/Guardians will need to be responsible for children visiting during the lesson and all children brought to the pool before and after the lesson.

What to do if your child cries?

During the first couple of lessons some children may be apprehensive about leaving the parent and going into the pool with the class. Some may even cry and this is completely normal. After years of teaching children how to swim and how to be safe in and around the water, we have good news: it will stop—usually around the third or fourth lesson. There are somethings that will help:

  • Remain calm and be supportive  This part can be hard for parents. Read a book, distract yourself, take a walk. You may also observe from outside the pool area through another set of gates where your child can't see you. Though it can be trying, it's important to always remain calm and be supportive. Remind yourself that it will take a few days and they will become comfortable with the instructor. Continue to explain the importance of swimming. It's a life saving skill! Once learned, it becomes quite fun for all.

  • Do not feel bad for the Instructor - Sometimes parents will say that they are okay with their child crying, but they feel bad for the instructor. Don’t worry about the instructor. All of our instructors are trained and are working to establish trust. Therefore, your child may come out of the pool with a dry head. That's ok. We need to establish trust first, then we will work on swimming.

  • Reinforce desired behaviors – Sometimes all it takes is some good ol’ reinforcement. Your child is a parent-pleaser at heart. Rewarding or encouraging enthusiasm for the pool may inch your child to water independence.

  • Stick with it - Don’t pull your swimmer out of the water mid-lesson or quit coming to lessons altogether if they cry. Remember that swim lessons are a life-saving skill and just as important as wearing a seatbelt. Remain firm. Be aware of your own fears, body language, and words. Your child can quickly manipulate the situation by reading your unintended cues.

We know it’s hard to watch your child cry during lessons. We want you to know that you are not alone. It happens often and is common for young swimmers to take some time to get acquainted with a new person in the water.  With our trained instructors, and a little bit of perseverance on your end, we are confident that your child will eventually get past their fears or anxiety, and will enjoy swim lessons. We love seeing fearful swimmers gain confidence in the water!


Most reservations for lessons are made by telephone and are often based upon a parent’s perception of a child’s ability.   Occasionally, there is an error and a child may need to be moved to a class that is more appropriate for his or her ability. The Swim Director will monitor classes and make adjustments (usually during the first day or two) whenever possible. Please let the Director know if you have any suggestions regarding your child’s placement or progress.


Classes are scheduled for 30 minutes. It takes about 5 minutes for children to enter and leave the pool; therefore actual time in the water is approximately 25 minutes.


Encourage your child to dry off, put on a warm shirt or change quickly. Dry hair and ears thoroughly. Tell your child that you are proud of his or her participation, and success during the lesson; and encourage him or her to practice and look forward to the next lesson.


Children should wear swim-suits that fit snugly and comfortably. Avoid suits with excess material since they may restrict movement and add unnecessary weight when wet.


We recommend that children enrolled in Preschool classes or Beginner classes do not wear swim goggles during lessons so that they can learn to open their eyes underwater in a manner that is comfortable. It takes time to get used to water in the eyes. When this skill is learned, there is no eye irritation. However, if you believe your child needs goggles, please speak with the Director as this is a recommendation. Children enrolled in Young Intermediate, Intermediate, and Advanced classes may wear goggles if desired. Goggles are good for distance, competitive, and recreational swimming.


Flotation devices, (floaties, life vests, bubbles, air suits, etc.) are not permitted in the pool at any time. These devices can be dangerous because they give a child (and sometimes adults) a false sense of security that can lead to a tragedy. Also, floatation devices encourage the child to arch his or her back which is contrary to a natural floating position. We recommend that children wear a Coast Guard approved life vest when they will be on a boat or around a body of water without qualified active adult supervision.


Regular Classes have a maximum of 4 students. Advanced and Baby and Me classes may have up to 6 students. Because of the limited enrollment and a full pool schedule, THERE ARE NO MAKE-UP DAYS OR REFUNDS.


All children under 4 years of age are required to wear a Swim Diaper. The warm pool water can often cause young muscles to relax thereby causing an accident. This can temporarily contaminate the water and may cause the pool to be closed in order to clean and sanitize the area.