THE OBERLES – OFFERING LEGENDARY SERVICE SINCE 1969
Welcome to The Swim School Shreveport/Bossier the premiere aquatic education program in the Ark-LA-Tex! Our instructors have been teaching SCUBA diving and swimming since 1969. Over 17,000 students have been safely trained in our programs. Because your children retain learned skills best in a year-round schedule, we offer year-round lessons. You and your child will find yourselves surrounded by a staff dedicated to making this swim lesson experience one of your child’s fondest memories!
THE SWIM SCHOOL MOTTO
“Swim Teachers Inspiring Lifetime Swimmers”
NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF HEALTH
National Institute of Health study states that participating in formal swimming lessons was associated with an 88% reduction in the risk of drowning in children between the ages of 1 to 4.
Swim lessons are no substitute for adult supervision of children. We offer a comfortable space inside to watch your children on our projection screen, and of course, you are always welcome out on the pool deck. Parents are not allowed to leave the facility during their child’s swim lessons.
ABSOLUTELY CHILLING STATISTICS
Swim Schools International (or SSI) bases their training program for swim teachers on a set of Training Standards, which begin with ethical standards, and move toward specifics of teaching. Each class level has standards for how it should be taught, each Swim Teacher Certification has standards for how it should be taught, and Swim Centers have standards that maintain quality from one Swim Center to another. Simply put, using standards means peace of mind for you.
TEACHERS ARE CERTIFIED AND INSURED -
SSI has years of experience developing and implementing certifications, with over 40 years in the realm of Scuba Diver certifications. SSI ported over the strong underpinnings of that certification process and applied it to swim teaching to create the most prepared and capable swim teachers in the world. The Swim School teachers undergo a home study program, classroom training and pool training to learn the specific skills properly. In order to focus their training on the correct group of swimmers, each certification level requires hands-on apprenticeship time under another certified SSI Swim Teacher. SAFETY and CONSISTENCY for your swimmers are the names of the game here. Using this apprenticeship requirement means that every certified The Swim School teacher has experience teaching with another before beginning to teach classes on their own.
All Teachers are also insured through Swim Schools International.
The Swim Schools International award winning standardized lesson plans, known as the Gold Script© , allows The Swim School to create an open enrollment program without impact to the progression of the swimmer. Classes are tailored to the individual swimmer based on ability, not a time frame for completion. If your swimmer is ready to move up to the next level, the lesson plan flexibility allows for that to occur on an individualized basis, instead of waiting for the entire class to reach the final goal.
Classes are usually 30 minutes, once a week. We limit our classes to no more than four swimmers per teacher, six for the Baby & Me. This allows swimmers to receive the ideal level of attention from their teacher, while still having the opportunity to observe their peers performing the in-water skills. Make sure you have booked your child in a class that fits your schedule. Please understand that the teacher is there and paid to teach your child, even if you do not come to class. We strive to maintain consistency for our students. There are, however, situations that require a change in teachers, classmates, or schedules. We will do everything possible to make transitions smooth for your child.
|The Swim School uses a Salt Water System to maintain water quality. This system uses a series of Turbo-Cells to separate chlorine from the salt to sanitize the water. This process eliminates the use of chlorine or bromine compounds that can cause irritation. The salinity of the water is comparable to the salinity in human tears. This allows the water to soften skin and reduce eye irritation. As a second precaution against more resilient water born illnesses such as Cryptosporidiosis we have a UV System that kills bacteria using ultra violet light. When it comes to pool filtration we use three top of the line DE Filters (diatomaceous earth filters). DE filters are capable of trapping debris as small as one micron (That is 0.00000039 inches!)
So come on in the water is fine!
PLEASE STAY DURING SWIMLESSONS
We require that the child’s caregiver not leave during lessons. We rely on you in case of an emergency or a necessary bathroom break for your child. Safe supervision of your child is a problem if parents are not present when swim class is over. We rely on the parents to keep their children safe in our facility before and after lessons.
We ask you to withhold judgment until your swimmer has had several lessons. Our classes are fun, interesting, and move quickly in order to retain your child’s attention. The Swim School teachers are certified through Swim Schools International and teach using the award winning GOLD SCRIPT©. The plans for each level are designed for several skills to progress in small increments each week. Consequently, improvement will be more apparent over several lessons.
DECKSIDE VISIT AT THE END OF CLASS
The last few minutes of every class are devoted to demonstrating to parents the goals and skills of the lesson. This close-up view of your child’s last turn as well as the teacher’s explanation of each day’s goals will help to keep you informed of your child’s progress in lessons.
Changing rooms are provided at the facility. Private changing areas and bathrooms are available as well as baby changing tables. Please remove gum and band-aids from your child before coming out on the pool deck. Please supervise your child in the changing room for his own safety.
Please help us keep the pool as clean and sanitary as possible by encouraging your swimmers to use the bathroom facilities before class. Not only will this practice prevent pool accidents, but will save precious class time, should your swimmer need to use the facilities during lessons. We ask that you supervise children under 5 years of age in the bathroom for their safety.
WHAT TO BRING ON THE FIRST DAY OF LESSONS
All swimmers at every level need to have a swim suit, a towel, and shoes at every lesson. No bare feet in the parking lot. Beach bags, swim goggles, ear plugs, and swim caps are all optional and available for sale in our pro shop. Any other tools required for class are provided by The Swim School.
Fecal contamination in or around a pool poses a serious health risk to all using the facility. When an accident occurs, we are forced to shut down operations for an extended period of time to properly clean and sanitize our facility. We are trying to reduce the spread of disease and inconvenience to swimmers whose lessons are cancelled. For the health and safety of our swimmers and teachers, please heed the following guidelines.
Children UNDER FOUR YEARS OLD who have not yet celebrated their fourth birthday are required to wear reusable swim pants. Due to the failure of disposable swim diapers to work effectively, we must require only reusable, Health Department approved, swim pants in our pool.
The Swim School provides a wide selection of swim pants for sale in our retail area. Some styles fit under your child’s swimsuit and other styles ARE your child’s swimsuit. We are experts at fitting swim pants. Please do not buy a size for your child to “grow into.” The elastic legs must be tight enough to contain an accident. Please arrive a few minutes early to purchase your child’s swim pants.
CLASS START TIME
Please arrive at The Swim School Shreveport/Bossier at least 5-10 minutes before your child’s class is scheduled to start. New swimmers are rattled when being rushed into class. Late arrival also leads to running on deck, which is hazardous and strongly discouraged. If you and your child are in a Baby & Me class, it is especially important to arrive early. Getting into the pool safely with the little ones takes time. Your Teacher or Deck Manager will hold your child while you enter the water and then hand your child back to you. Safety first!
At The Swim School our goal is to create safe, confident swimmers while providing the best experience possible. One way we achieve this high level of comfort and confidence in the water is to provide our swimmers with a consistent schedule and teacher from week to week. We do not offer make-ups or refunds for missed lessons. We have found that adding children to classes for make-ups disrupts the rhythm of the class. Please do your best to attend your scheduled classes. Instead, The Swim School will extend one $15 credit to any child who misses class due to illness every other month. The$15 credit may be used for lessons, special events, or in the pro shop. A doctor’s note will be required to receive this credit. Extraordinary and extended illnesses will be handled on a case-by-case basis.
We are incredibly proud of our program and know our success is predicated on providing the best swim instruction possible. We feel privileged to be helping adults and children improve their aquatic skills and safety and look forward to working with you and your loved ones for years to come.
Please don’t hesitate to call or email us with any questions, comments, or concerns you may have. We love hearing from you!