FAQs

We have a free Barnacles class starting at 8 weeks and going up to 5 months.We start parent tot classes at 6 months old, independent swimming without a parent starts at the age of 3 years. We have classes for adults as well; you are never too old to learn how to swim!

You have the option to cancel at any time. We do require a 30 day written notice via our online form. If you would like to take a break, all you have to do is send us a 30 day notice and then re-enroll when you are ready to come back.

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Yes. While we encourage you to attend your regularly scheduled class, we understand that life sometimes gets in the way.

• Please see our makeup policy here.
• To schedule a makeup class, please fill out this form.

Our small group learn-to-swim lessons are 30 minutes in length. We offer specialty classes (private & pre-comp) that range in time between 20 - 90 minutes.

Classes are once per week, but you have the option to add multiple classes. We also offer Summer Intensives (June-August).

  • 4:1 for Group Lessons
  • 6:1 for Parent Tot
  • 14:1 for Pre-Comp
  • 15:1 for Barnacles

If you are interested in getting information, please click the link below and fill out our “Inquiry” form.

If you have been in lessons with us before and would like to re-enroll, please call us at 408.267.4032. Our customer service team is also available to enroll you in person if you would like to come and see our facility.

Once you have chosen a class, you keep that spot. If you find you need to change to another day or time, simply contact our customer service staff to make the change.

We offer a variety of classes, it is our goal to get your swimmer in the right class. We feel the best way to get the right class is to call us at 408.267.4032 & a Customer Service Representative can assist you with any questions you may have. Our Customer Service staff will research our schedule & place you in a class according to the age & ability of the swimmer.

We do perpetual, automatic billing on the 20th of every month.

Discounts are offered to:

  • AVAC® Member
  • Military
  • Double Day
  • 3 or more swimmers enrolled receive a 10% discount (swimmers must be in the same family – ask for details)
  • AVAC® Referral Program: Current families who refer a friend to AVAC Swim School® they will receive a free month of lessons on their swim school account (friends must be brand new to AVAC Swim School®). Families can refer an unlimited number of friends.

Reusable swim diapers are required for all swimmers under the age of three and all non potty-trained swimmers. Disposable swim diapers and rubber pants are not acceptable.

The AVAC® outdoor pool is reserved for AVAC® members. For information on a club membership, email us, or call 408.445.4910.

Yes. Gallery seating is provided for your comfort. For siblings [6 weeks - 8 years] we also provide access to AVAC's Child Care facility for a nominal hourly rate. We always encourage parents to take an active role in their child's swimming progress. Any specific questions or concerns regarding the class or the child's ability may be directed to the Site Manager or Deck Supervisor. We do, however, place great importance on the teacher/student rapport, & the teacher's ability to concentrate on the class. For that reason we ask that you watch from the gallery to avoid any means of distraction. In order to limit foot traffic & maintain cleanliness, we ask that you access the shower area through the locker rooms, not across the pool deck.
Be aware that children develop at different rates. Age & physical maturation may affect how rapidly skills are acquired. We value your input. If at any time you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please do not hesitate to come out on the deck. Encourage each advance however minor it may seem to you. Homework may be assigned. Encourage practice time. Many repetitions are required to perfect some skills. "Classroom" behavior will be expected. Please reinforce the teacher's rules. If you have any further questions, please contact 408.457.0931. We realize that each child is special, with unique strengths & weaknesses. With this in mind, we will do our best to foster a relationship with your child that will enable him or her to succeed - both in & out of the pool. As a parent, you have special insight into your child's personality. Please share that with us
There are many factors which contribute to your child's progression including, but not limited to: age, size, frequency of swimming, when they started learning to swim, parents' comfort in the water, & what other physical activities they participate in. If at any point you are concerned or have questions regarding your child's progress, please discuss it with a Site Manager or a Deck Supervisor.
Crying is one of the distinct behaviors that we see in many young children that are just beginning swimming lessons. It is a normal response to a new situation. Some reasons why your child may be crying are: separation anxiety, unfamiliar surroundings, prior negative experience with water, & sensation of water in their ears. Some things to remember as a parent:

Do:

• Acknowledge their fear and talk to them about it
• Offer continued support and encouragement
• Reinforce desired behaviors
• Practice skills at home (bathtub or pool)

Do Not:

• Scold children for crying
• Discontinue lessons altogether
•Allow your anxiety to show through to your child

Our pool is kept at 90 degrees for optimal learning.

Talk to your child about the upcoming experience. Listen & acknowledge any fears, & help your child overcome them. Encourage your child. Visit our pool before child's lessons begin. You both will be able to see the environment. Although an appointment is not necessary, it's best to call our office to find the best time for a visit. Physically prepare your child. This could include showers with a parent, washcloth play during bath time, dribbling water over the child's head. Don't try to keep the face dry. Encourage water play in the bathtub, including getting your child's face wet. Allow your child to choose his or her own swimsuit, towel, flip-flops. Give them some control over the upcoming event. Support the teacher/child bond.
It is important to note that a child does not develop the cognitive ability to determine what is "safe" until later childhood. For that reason, we do not advertise that our program makes children water safe. However, safety skills are an integral part of our swimming program & are addressed in every level, every class. When your child will learn & master each safety skill depends on the same factors listed in the previous question. Safety skills do not end with water time, though. As participants of the Safer 3 organization we encourage families to take an active role in drowning prevention. Steps just as swim lessons, barriers for backyard pools, & CPR training for supervising adults all help decrease the likelihood of the number one cause of death for children: drowning.
Learning to swim is a continuous process that takes place over the span of one's life. Physical, emotional, & social growth throughout the childhood years allow swimming skills to develop & improve on a constant basis. To master a skill, a child must repeat the skill over & over; to retain that skill the child must be exposed to it on a regular basis. Year round swimming provides that regular skill maintenance. Keep swimming!