About Lessons

Lesson Program: 2017-2018 Season

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Everything you need to know about our Lesson Program—including Lesson Types, Set Schedule,
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Goal: Our aim at Tide Water Swim School is to offer a fun, safe environment for a positive, productive swimming experience. We help non-swimmers confront fear head-on and encourage emerging swimmers to build confidence and technique with our step-by-step instruction.

Offerings: Tide Water Swim School offers Private Lessons; Group Lessons; Aquatic Therapeutic Exercise Sessions; and Bullet Lessons: one-on-one stroke mechanics instruction or adult learn-to-swim instruction. Additionally, our Tide Water Adaptive Aquatics Club branch offers lessons and a swim team for children with special needs.

Instruction: Our instructors are a mix of graduate and undergraduate personnel who provide a positive learning experience and foster a love of the water and of the sport in children of all ages. We offer homogenized Group Lesson classes at different skill levels to guide children through the progressions of learning how to swim. Our beginner Group Lessons focus on water safety, using a blend of survival techniques and core-based swimming; while our intermediate and advanced Groups focus on proper swimming mechanics to help children become stronger swimmers and potentially prepare them to join our Swim Team. We also offer Private (one-on-one) Lessons that are tailored to each swimmer’s individual ability level and needs—be it water safety or mechanics.

Class Size: Our Level 1 Group Lesson classes have a maximum 4-to-1 swimmer-to-instructor ratio, which is ideal for beginners. We try to keep our Level 2 and 3 Group Lesson classes to 4 swimmers too. Squirts classes usually have no more than 6 swimmers (plus their parents). Our Level 4 Group Lessons and Pre-Team classes have a maximum of 8 swimmers.



Location: Lessons are given at RiverWinds Community Center’s Aquatic Facility in West Deptford, NJ. You are not required to be a RiverWinds member to participate in Tide Water Swim School.

Joining Swim School: You may enroll in Swim School at any time, provided we have available spots. If all spots in our current or upcoming Set of Lessons are full, then you will need to wait until registration opens for the next Set or a spot opens up due to a cancellation. We do not have a waiting list because all swimmers (new and current/returning) must register for each new Set. However, you can ask to be put on our contact list to receive the upcoming Set’s enrollment information and links on the day that
registration opens.

Availability: Our Fall Set is the next round of available Lessons. Openings change constantly as swimmers enroll, so we are unable to tell you which time slots are available at any given time. The registration website, Active.com, shows you the up-to-the-minute listing of available spots.

Starting Lessons: All swimmers must register, sign a waiver, and pay before receiving Lessons. For liability reasons, we cannot offer “trial Lessons” to anyone who has not registered and signed the required waiver. Similarly, we do not test swimmers to determine their Level prior to registration.