Clive Parks and Recreation offer's American Red Cross Swim Lessons for ages 6 months and up. Click the appropriate age category below to learn more about swim lesson programming including class offerings, class information, and class registration.
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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?
Preschool and Learn to Swim group lessons are 40 minutes. Parent/Child 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 description.
How many instructors are there per student for group lessons?
Clive Swim Lessons follows Red Cross ratio numbers for effective learning and instruction.
Parent/Child - 1 instructor to 5 parent/child pair.
Preschool Classes - 1 instructor to 4 children.
School Age Classes - 1 instructor to 4 children.
Please note: Clive may have some classes up to 2 extra swimmers to accommodate unforeseen issues once such as incorrect swimmer placement and transfer needs to be made once classes start. The addition to the ratios still meets Red Cross guidelines and effective learning.
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 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). If weather continues to be an issue throughout the session, Clive has reserved the second Thursday of the session to be a make up day for lessons. If that were to occur, Clive staff will announce the class and make up times.
Private lessons and one week Parent/Child classes 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 unless if Clive determines a make up is needed due to unforeseeable issues such as weather or pool mechanical issues.
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.