Due to concerns surrounding COVID-19, the Clive Aquatic Center will be offering limited programming as we phase back into operations for the 2020 summer season. Click below the corresponding program square for more program information.
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How do I know which swimming level to enroll in?
No worries. We created a questionnaire for you to help determine which level to enroll in.
For placement questionnaire ages 3 - 5 click here
For placement questionnaire ages 6 and over click here
If you are still unsure after the questionnaire, please call us directly at 515-223-5246 during business hours Monday-Friday from 8:00 am - 4:30 pm.
How long are lessons?
For 2020 modified lesson program under COVID, group lessons are 40 minutes and private lessons are 30 minutes each class. Depending on the class, some classes meet a certain number of times per session. The amount of classes per session is listed on each swim program.
How many instructors are there per student for group lessons?
Due to the recent COVID-19 outbreak, Preschool and School Age group swim lessons has been modified and ratios have been reduced to ensure safe social distancing.
Preschool Classes will have a 1 instructor to 2 parent/child pair
School Age Classes will have a 1 instructor to 3 parent/child pair.
Swim lesson skills DO require direct contact teaching that will violate the 6ft distance and it will require a parent/guardian of 16+ years of age from the same household to help facilitate skills. Instructor will be in and out of the water to instruct while maintaining 6ft social distancing.
Should my child take group or private lessons?
It is strongly recommended that all swimmers learn in a group setting. Small groups of 6 or less provide peer-to-peer instruction, practice, and opportunities to watch other swimmers perform the skills with the help of a swim instructor.
However, not all children learn best in group lessons. Parents must take into account their swimmer's temperament, behavior, and learning style. Private and semi-private lessons are available if needed.
What is the inclement weather policy?
If there is only rain, with no thunder or lightning, Clive will still hold lessons in the water. If the rain becomes heavy and lifeguards cannot see the bottom, swimmers will be pulled out of the water for on-land learning until the rain clears up.
If the weather produces thunder and lighting, staff will remove participants from the water to hold on-land activities near the entryway or at the special events building (if available).
Private lessons are exempt from the scheduled make-up day. The Aquatic Management team will contact those registered in these programs on make-up options if the weather does force classes to not be held.
Do you offer make-ups for missed swim lesson classes?
Unfortunately we do not allow make-up lessons for missed classes.
What happens if my child (or myself) is less or more advanced than the other children in the enrolled class?
Our attentive instructors pick up on skill differences very quickly and are aware of the abilities that your child needs to have in order to maintain placement in his or her level. We understand that everyone learns in their own ways and at their own speeds, which is why our instructors observe and adjust teaching methods as needed. We’re constantly evaluating our students and are very flexible when it comes to working with each child’s individual strengths and weaknesses.
Can I request lessons to be taught by a specific instructor?
Due to the number of swimmers within our lesson program, we cannot take requests for specific instructors. For development, it is important for swimmers to be able to learn with more than one instructor. All instructors follow American Red Cross guidelines and methods.
Do you offer an adpative programming for those with special abilities?
We are proud to offer a specialized program that is focused on the abilities of each child in our program and have specialized instructors to deliver this program. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
I don't understand why last summer my child (or myself) was swimming and very comfortable in the water but this year it seems like the skills were lost?
Just like any other skill, swimming skills are best learned by repetition and practice. If a swimmer has not been in the water for several weeks, even months, swimmers will often lose their skills and will have to relearn them.
I feel like the learning/progression is going slower than I like? What should I do?
Every swimmer progresses differently in their aquatic skills based on how much exposure they've had to aquatic environments. If you feel like your swimmer is not progressing as fast as you hoped, connect with the your swimmer's instructor and aquatic manager at lessons to discuss the concern.
Keep in mind plateaus are common in any skill development, especially when a swimmer faces a hurdle that is difficult for them. Our instructors are sensitive to these issues and are trained to motivate and guide swimmers though these peaks and valleys. As a parent/swimmer, keeping the line of open communication with your instructor is crucial to overcoming these plateaus during the sessions.
Is there anything I can do outside of class to help my swimmer's learning progress?
Learning to swim is not a skill that be learned in just a few easy lessons and it requires time to develop and practice. We strongly recommend making swimming part of your weekly activities, swimming once or twice per week on an extended basis outside of swim lessons.
Practicing skills outside of class will help tremendously! Practice swimming as much as possible with a fellow swimmer. Many skills can also be practiced in the bathtub. Communicate with your instructor to help determine what skill(s) should be practice outside of class based on the swimmer's skill level.