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Frequently Asked Questions
We have three programs: Infant Swimming Resource™, Learn-To-Swim, and Young Masters. Infant Swimming Resource™ is intended for children ages 6 months to 4 years old. Learn-To-Swim is for those ages 4 years and older, and Young Masters is our swim team for swimmers proficient in the LTS program or who know the four basic swimming strokes. You can find more detailed information on this page: https://weaquatics.com/classes/.
Our ISR lessons can be taken by infants as young as 6 months. We have the experience and know-how to work with everyone from 6 months old to adults.
Infants and toddlers might lack the coordination and development to learn strokes, but they can learn the fundamentals of breath control, floating, and water propulsion. Young children often don’t have the self-doubt adults have, making it an ideal time for them to pick up a new skill.
Our ISR program is ideal for children from 6 months to 4 years old.
Our Learn-To-Swim lessons are best for children at least 4 years old or who have completed the ISR program. Learn-To-Swim Lessons are aimed at individuals at least 4 years old. Adults are also welcome to our Learn-To-Swim program. No prior swimming experience is necessary.
Young Masters is for children (4 or older) who have graduated from the Learn-To-Swim program.
6 months to 15 months: Children in this age group will learn to roll from a facedown position to an unassisted float.
15 months and up: Children in this age group will learn the swim-float-swim sequence.
4 years and up: Children in this age group or those who have already completed the ISR swim-float-swim lessons are ready for stroke work and traditional lessons. These lessons focus on developing proper technique and body positioning for swimming freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly.
ISR lessons are normally completed within 6–8 weeks of consecutive lessons. Our one-on-one Learn-To-Swim lessons are open-ended; our instructors work hard until the student (or student and parent, if applicable) are satisfied.
ISR students will swim five days a week (Monday–Friday) for ten minutes each lesson. This frequency is necessary until the student has completed his or her training, which is generally 6–8 weeks. After this time, optional maintenance lessons can be taken at intervals appropriate to the student’s age and the frequency of swimming done outside of lessons.
LTS students swim once a week until they gain the skills necessary for group training sessions.
Generally speaking, expect ISR classes to take six to eight weeks. That being said, we do not like to provide a specific timeline on how long the program will take as all students learn at different paces. Our coaches ensure your child completes the program, no matter how long it takes. We are fully committed to seeing each child master the necessary skills to self-rescue.
The tuition is paid upfront with no additional costs.
YM workouts do not have makeup sessions. Due to capacity limits, it is imperative you notify us at least 24 hours prior to workouts if you are unable to attend.
Trinity Washington University Center is currently set to open for swim lessons on September 7, 2021. Upon opening, we plan to offer Learn-To-Swim and Young Masters classes.
Madeira School (McLean, VA): 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Chinquapin Park Rec. Center (Alexandria, VA): 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Waterside Fitness and Swim Club (Washington, DC): 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Bethesda Marriott Suites (Bethesda, MD): 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Trinity Washington University Center (Washington, DC): Opening set for September 7, 2021. We’ll post information as it’s available.
With the current safety protocols in place, we prefer our coaches meet with students in a class setting after enrollment. We’ll update information and protocols as the situation progresses.
Waterside Fitness and Swim Club does not have its own parking. We advise parking on 6th Street.
We are providing ISR classes at the Madeira School (McLean, VA) from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Chinquapin Park Rec. Center (Alexandria, VA) from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Bethesda Marriott Suites (Bethesda, MD) from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
We recommend classes based on age, as well as progression of swimming skills.
The Bethesda Marriott Suites and Waterside Fitness and Swim Club pools are heated.
At this time, we are not currently offering at-home private swim lessons.
Once you sign up for classes, your enrollment will be approved, denied, or added to a waiting list.
Please visit our Customer Portal (https://app.iclasspro.com/portal/weaquatics/locations) to enroll. Once you sign up for classes, based on availability, your enrollment will be approved, denied, or added to a waiting list.
Generally speaking, children ages six months to one year learn the ISR Self-Rescue® skill of rolling onto their backs to float, to rest, and to breathe. They learn to maintain this position until help arrives. For more information, please see this page: https://www.infantswim.com/lessons/isr-lessons.html.
We do, but the instructor has been certified on how best to hold and to train the child in the water. Please be mindful of that.
This nonrefundable $105 fee to ISR, Inc., covers a medical screening by our ISR registration evaluation team (RET) to assess the physical and developmental readiness of your child. The national ISR team requires children to be at least six months old and be able to sit up independently in order to complete the registration process.
Your child will understand basic, age-appropriate swimming techniques, such as rolling over from a facedown position, unassisted floating, and even swmming facedown for three to five seconds. If desired, they can continue to our Learn-To-Swim classes, which cover more advanced swimming techniques.
The high frequency of classes helps your child properly form the muscle memory for the swimming techniques they will be learning.
While it’s OK to skip the occasional lesson, frequent absences can lengthen the process of forming muscle memory for your child.
ISR lessons are available to students six months to four years old.
It’s a required certification for swimming instructors who teach infants.
Yes. Our adult program lessons are tailored to each student in order to build strengths and to improve weaknesses. Whether you’re working on the diving board or simply putting your head under water, this is your safe space!
Learn-To-Swim (LTS) monthly billing occurs on the first of each month until an end date is established. The LTS monthly charge is based on the number of your scheduled days that occur in the month. Makeup sessions are limited to two per month and are valid for three months. There is a one-time registration fee.
Our students are taught accurate body positioning and how to be balanced in the water, which promotes increasingly efficient swimming. Our LTS lessons are tailored to each student, building on strengths and improving weaknesses. Our adult program follows the same curriculum. We ensure our students learn to swim all four strokes (freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly). This positions students well should they choose to swim competitively in the future.
Freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly.
WeAquatics Learn-To-Swim (LTS) lessons are offered to students at least four years old to adults.
All LTS lessons are one-on-one. Every student learns at his or her own pace, and we highly recommend this private lesson structure.
All LTS lessons are one-on-one, and they are scheduled once per week. A typical weekly lesson lasts thirty minutes, and students meet with the same instructor every week.
A typical weekly lesson lasts thirty minutes, and students meet with the same instructor every week.
Madeira School (McLean VA): From 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Chinquapin Park Rec. Center (Alexandria, VA): From 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Bethesda Marriott Suites (Bethesda, MD): From 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Waterside Fitness and Swim Club (Washington, DC): From 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Trinity Washington University Center (Washington, DC): Opening September 7, 2021
Pricing varies by location and program selection. To get exact pricing, simply go to our Enroll Now page and follow the prompts to choose the program and location that works best for you. https://weaquatics.com/join-now/
I paid a registration fee the last time I swam. As a returning LTS client, do I need to pay again?
No. The registration fee is a one-time charge.
Please visit our Customer Portal (https://app.iclasspro.com/portal/weaquatics/locations) to enroll! Once you sign up for classes, your enrollment will be approved, denied, or added to a waiting list.
Young Masters (YM) lessons are group lessons for our more comfortable swimmers between the ages of four and fourteen. YM is for those who know the four basic swimming strokes or who were proficient in our LTS class.
Our recommended age range is four to fourteen years old.
YM introduces students to the joy of competitive swimming—without the commitment level of joining a swim team.
Students will fine-tune their swimming strokes and increase their overall stamina.
On Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays, we practice at Chinquapin Park Rec. Center in Alexandria, Virginia. On Tuesdays, we will practice at Trinity Washington University Center in Washington, DC.
Yes, we require a swimming test that assessses proficiency and familiarity with a few basic swimming strokes.
Every six weeks from September to June, YM students have the option of competing in scheduled swim meets.
The experienced WeAquatics team, serving Virginia; Maryland; and Washington, DC, teach swim classes for children and adults.