FAQ and Parent Resources

Water Safety Resources

 

1. EFFECTIVE SUPERVISION

The most critical line of defense is adult supervision. No level of aquatic skill can replace active supervision. If your child is ever missing, look in the water first.

2. POOL FENCES

Install a permanent 4-sided fence with self-locking gates. Ensure that the pool fence is at least 3-5 feet from the pool edge.

3. ALARMS

Make sure all doors and windows leading to the pool are locked and alarmed.

4. SURVIVAL SWIMMING LESSONS

A moment's inattention does not have to cost a child their life. Survival float training is an added layer of protection, teaching your child water survival skills in a completely safe environment.

5. CPR

If an emergency happens, it is essential parents and families are prepared. Learn to perform CPR on children and adults and remember to update those skills regularly.

Homemade Sunscreen Recipe

I struggle with watery eyes, dry skin and sunburns with traditional over-the-counter sunblock. I found this recipe and it works GREAT! I want to share this with all my moms and dads out there because this is great for babies.

1/2 cup almond or olive oil 
1/4 cup coconut oil (natural SPF 4)
1/4 cup beeswax
2 Tablespoons Zinc Oxide (non nano version and do not inhale). This makes a natural SPF of 20+ or more can be added.
3 DROPS helichrysum essential oil (7 spf)
3 drops myrrh essential oil (7 spf)
5 drops peppermint essential oil (7 spf)
5 drops lavender essential oil (5 spf)
Optional:1 teaspoon Vitamin E oil & 2 tablespoons Shea Butter (natural spf 4-5)

Directions
Mix everything, except the zinc oxide, right into an 8oz mason jar.  Fill a saucepan with some water and put on medium heat.  Place the mason jar in the water with the jar's lid on or off (your choice).  Ingredients will start to melt.  After a while you might want to constantly mix the ingredients to get the beeswax to mix fully and you also may need to increase the heat to get the beeswax to melt. After everything has melted, add the zinc oxide and mix this well.  

Let the mixture cool and put the lid on.  Store in a cool place.

Lesson Guidelines

SoCal Water Babies Lesson Guidelines


The following guidelines have been outlined and created to allow you to provide your child with the best and safest experience during his or her participation in our lessons. These guidelines have been established based on 12+ years of experience and they exist to protect the health and wellbeing of your child. Please review the following list carefully and contact us if you have any additional questions.

General Guidelines:

Please be on time for your lesson! Arrive early enough to allow time to change your child before their lesson time. If you are late you will be able to choose between a shorter lesson that day or you are welcome to wait for the next open time spot.

All children who are not completely potty trained MUST wear a non-disposable swim diaper. “Huggies” disposable swim diapers are not a substitute. This helps to eliminate fecal and urine contamination of the swimming pool. Please limit bathroom use for emergencies only.

Please keep all children, not currently participating in lessons, seated quietly next to you. Do not allow them in or near the water. It is distracting and unsafe to the instructor and student in the water if other children are running around or trying to play in the water.

Payment:

Payment is due on Monday. Please make payment to SoCal Water Babies. We accept Check, Cash and Credit Card

Food Rules:

Diet is an important aspect of your child’s lesson experience. Your child should not consume any dairy within 2 hours of their lesson time slot. In addition, infants and toddlers should food for at least 1-hour of activity time. Please take this into consideration when determining a lesson time with your instructor.

Illness, Vacations and Make up lessons

Consistency is important when learning these skills. Bringing your child every day will increase the rate of progress and retention. Please give your instructor a two-week notice before any planned vacations and contact your instructor directly if your child has a prolonged illness.

Illness: Children can safely take swim class if they have a runny nose or low-grade temperature (under 100 degrees). For your child’s health, we require every parent to bring two towels to each lesson. The use of two towels on the pool deck helps to reduce the risk of spreading communicable disease. 

If you are unsure as to your child’s ability to safely participate in lessons, call or text us to verify your child’s readiness to swim. Missed lessons can only be made up for pre-announced family vacations, prolonged illness, weather cancellation, or instructor cancellation. All makeup lessons require 24-cancellation period. 

If your child has a vaccination scheduled we would like to schedule class that day before shots.

Weather: When in doubt as to whether class is being held with regards to weather, call or text your instructor a half-hour before your class time to confirm. Do not assume class is cancelled as weather may differ at your instructor’s pool location.

Make Up Lessons: will be offered only in the case of pre-announced family vacations, prolonged illness, weather cancellation, or instructor cancellation. Makeup lessons can be arranged in advance between the instructor and you, the Parent.

Pictures and Videotaping:

Videotaping of Lessons is allowed once a week on Thursday. It is distracting to your instructor to have cameras out all day so please limit your photos as much as you are comfortable with.

Parking: 

Please park as close to the residence / facility as possible to avoid disruption to the neighbors. Please go directly around back to the pool. 

RIVERSIDE LOCATION: STREET SWEEPING IS TUESDAY MORNING. IF YOUR LESSON IS BEFORE 9:00AM, PLEASE PARK IN THE DRIVEWAY!


Student Do's and Dont's Cheat Sheet

DO

  • TEXT ME at 951-251-5210 if you have ANY questions about lessons. Remember to tell me who you are.  I will reply as soon as I have an out of water break.
  • Arrive a few minutes early.
  • Lay your child’s towel down by the side of the pool next to the swim bar to be available when they exit the pool.
  • Praise your child for their efforts and always use positive speech like “Good Job”
  • Let your children rest on their towel, on their left side, for 1-2 minutes after lessons.
  • Come to lessons unless you hear from the instructor that they have been cancelled due to inclimate weather.
  • Make payment on Monday (if applicable): Checks can be made out to SoCal Water Babies. If you pay with cash, use the post-its to let me know what money is yours. Please let me know if you would like me to charge the card I have on file. There is a 3% fee to use your card.
  • Video tape your child’s first lesson and Thursday lessons only. Photographs can be taken on a limited basis. Cameras and cellphone cameras are distracting to your child and instructor.

DON’T

  • Dont “practice” unless you speak to the instructor first. Playtime in the pool is great as long as long as you do not use floaties (including upright boats).
  • Don’t drink milk or have any dairy for 2 hours - This will ensure you child is as comfortable as possible during lessons. Additionally, no food for 1 hour.
  • Don’t have any Apple or Peach products during the day before lessons - These products are high in fiber and can cause gas and bloating making the floating and swimming maneuvers practiced during these lessons difficult and sometimes painful for breath holding.
  • Don’t stand too close to the pool, especially not directly in front of your child. Give your children some freedom to progress and engage on their own.
  • Avoid using power words like fall, sink, drown, scared, “it’s ok” – or any word that means the same thing – Avoiding words like this will make your child (and other children around the pool) feel more comfortable and confident about their own lessons.