Teaching the science of swimming since 2003!

General FAQ'S


Should my child eat before class?

  • Students in the Survival Program under age three must NOT eat two hours before their lesson.
  • Four hours before their lesson, avoid whole fruits (especially with skin), meats, dairy products, and anything difficult to digest.
  • Students may have rice cereal, applesauce, bananas, toast, breast milk, and nut protein four hours before their lesson.
  • Students swallow air during the lesson process and we must avoid spitting up in the pool. It does not harm the student, but the pool must be closed if such an incident occurs.

Can my child stay and play in the pool after their lesson or arrive early and swim?

  • No, children will only be allowed to be in the pool during their lesson. There is no free swim.

Can siblings/friends of different ages share a lesson?

  • Sure!  Both children must be safe swimmers or graduates of Survival.  The closer the children are in age and ability, the more productive the lesson will be.

What should I bring to my lesson?

  • Your child should wear a swimsuit (competition suits preferred instead of baggy shorts, string bikinis)
  • Bring at least one towel. 
  • You may bring goggles to your stroke classes, or we have some available.
  • If your child is in Survival, goggles are not allowed. 
  • If your child's hair is past their ears, it must be tied back away from their face for safety reasons. 
  • Hair can get caught in gutters and obstruct breathing for new swimmers.

Are diapers required?

  • If your child is under age 3 and/or not fully toilet trained, they must wear an approved swim diaper.
  • At least one of these diapers must be non-disposable.
  • Disposable diapers alone do not prevent contamination. If a fecal incident occurs in the pool, the entire pool must be closed and all lessons canceled.
  • A fee of $100 will apply if a fecal contamination incident is caused by your child.
  • Please do not leave messy or wet diapers on the pool deck.

How can I get PhD Swim School to travel to my pool for lessons?

  • We would love to visit you!  In the past, PhD Swim School has traveled to many outdoor neighborhood pools for lessons. We occasionally organize one-time stroke clinics for children or adults who want to improve stroke technique.  If you have a group of at least four safe swimmers, email us to talk details.