How do you determine which class is best for my child upon sign up?
Before registering we would have a conversation with you on the phone in order to get to know a bit about your child’s previous experience in the water as well as how they enjoy the water. We then look for a class that meets your child’s needs based on age and ability.
How long are classes?
All classes are 40 minutes long with the exception of Adult Classes, which are 45 minutes long.
How many children are in a class?
At Imagine, there are never more than four children in a regular group class. 3-year-old classes are typically capped at 3 students until it's safe to add a fourth. For Baby Swim classes, when parents are present in the water, there are up to six children in a class. We believe that small classes help retain the highest quality and integrity of teaching and learning, as well as ensure the safest environment for your child. In addition to group classes, we are sometimes able to offer semi-private (2 students:1 teacher ratio) classes and private (1:1 ratio) classes if we have surplus instructors and pool space.
How many times per week should my child swim?
Although most students at Imagine attend one lesson per week, many come twice a week. Quite simply, the more a child is in the water, the faster he or she will build confidence in his or her swimming ability.
How long will it take my child to learn how to swim?
Swimming is an individual process that develops over time. Each child learns to swim at his or her own pace. A child's attitude, comfort level, natural talent, and motor skills all contribute to his or her individual learning process.
What does my child need to bring to swim class?
Simply bring a suit and a towel! We provide all toys and equipment, including goggles and swim caps. Children under the age of three are required to wear a reusable swim diaper and a "Happy Nappy" on top for class. You can purchase these items at our swimshop at the flagship pool before your class.
When should my child eat before class?
We strongly recommend that you follow the old rule-of-thumb about eating before swimming -- Please do not let your child have anything to eat 30 minutes prior to his or her lesson. Please note that accidents such as vomiting can result in the cancelation of all lessons for all children at the pool for a day or more.
Do I need to be in the water with my child for class?
If your child is under the age of three years old and in a “Parent & Me” class, we require that you or a guardian join him or her in the pool for the lesson.
Where can I watch my child's class?
All of our pools have seating for parents and/or guardians. We ask that you please follow the NYC Department of Health Pool Rules, which are emailed as part of your child's class confirmation. At our TriBeCa Flagship facility, parents/guardians are asked to watch all lessons from the main viewing area while classes are in progress. This main room is separated from the pool by a wall of windows, providing a cool and comfortable spot to watch lessons! The main room also features a play area for siblings not in the pool as well as healthy vending machines for a snack.
Does Imagine offer adult classes?
- Adult lessons are offered in the evenings at Imagine's TriBeCa Flagship facility.
- Adult lessons are always one-on-one.
- We welcome all levels - from adults who may have a pronounced fear of the water to accomplished athletes who might be looking for specific stroke development.
Does Imagine offer morning classes during the week?
We do offer morning classes every day at our TriBeCa Flagship facility. Additionally, we offer morning classes on the weekends at most other locations. For all class times, please view our Schedules & Locations page.
What if my child's classmates are more (or less) advanced?
We place children in classes based on both age and ability. If the class is not the right fit, we will do our best to find a more appropriate spot for your child. After each class day our teachers and Pool Attendant write a report letting us know the progress and daily happenings of the class. If we feel the current class is not the best fit for your child, we will reach out and find a better fitting class.
Do you have a swim team?
For students eight-years or older, proficient in all four strokes, Imagine 'graduates' its most promising students to its competitive swim team, the Manhattan Makos. The Makos practice times range from one-hour, twice a week, for 'pre-team' children to two-hour workouts six days per week for our most committed team members. Check out the Makos' very own site: www.manhattanmakos.com