FAQ

General

 

Hey I’ve heard you guys are the swim teachers/lifeguards to the stars. Who is on your client roster? Do you have to be a celebrity to get a booking from aqua?

I get asked this more than any other. No, you do not have to be a celeb. We do pride ourselves on discretion and are always happy to sign non disclosure papers so many people in the public eye rely upon us, but we are here for everyone.


What different services does Aqua provide?

We provide swim instruction, life guarding and entertainment for pool parties and beach parties, surfing instruction, stand up paddle instruction, kayaking instruction, water polo training, tactical gaming and CPR (cardio-pulmonary resuscitation) training to name a few.

Surfing

 

How young can my child start surf instruction?

I have tandem surfed with kids as young as 4 but for most kids about 6 years old is a good age to start pushing them into some small mushy waves. A great limiting factor here in Southern California is the water temperature. Most younger kids simply have a difficult time with the low to mid 60’s water temps that we tend to have even in summer. If your child is in the single digits age wise and gets cold easily you will want a sealed 3/2 fullsuit or even better a 4/3 and high booties. Thus equipped even the little ones are ready to have a great time in the surf.

Tactical Gaming

What is airsoft?

3 types of guns. Gas, electic and spring. High powered guns are not very useful imo. No one will want to play with them and as target shooters even the best airsot gun is quite inaccurate compared to a bb gun. Spring all the way.

 
 

Swimming

 

Should I get in the pool with my kid on off days?

You can but just have fun- no need to repeat the drills or have the same kind of structure. It is very valuable for the child to test new skills and explore under parental supervision.


What are Aqua swim lessons like?

Since we come to your pool and teach your child one on one the instruction is very individualized. Our instructors can focus all of their attention on your child’s specific needs and can utilize the teaching techniques that work best with your child’s learning style.


Should I start my child’s swimming instruction as young as under a year old?

What we do with the really young children, say 15 months and under, would be better described as “water adjustment” rather than swim instruction. Water adjustment is a systematic and supportive way to get your child used to the water. Water adjustment focuses in increasing the child’s comfort level with having the head underwater, blowing bubbles, gliding horizontally through the water and especially having lots of fun and splashing. Doing water adjustment with a one year old really pays off the next year when the child is learning to actually swim at age two.

Is water adjustment necessary? Can’t I just wait till my child is 2 or older for swim instruction?

Strictly speaking you could wait and we could start instruction later but the water adjustment process is greatly beneficial, especially if your goal is to have your child water safe as young as possible. When I think back about the kids I have taught over the last several years all of the truly exceptional ones, the ones who have a flawless flutter kick at 3 and can dive down to the bottom of the deep end by 3 ½ etc.., all had an early start and had water adjustment. There are many things a parent can do to start the process before we even get there. Many fun activities can help to adjust your child to the water. Pouring water on the head during bath time, a play session with mom and dad in the pool…these kinds of things can help a great deal. Since water adjustment is relatively simple and repetitive compared to swim instruction we can show the child’s parents what to do and let the parents participate in the water adjustment. In this case we come in at about age two and start regular swim instruction. The key is to get the child comfortable with a horizontal glide position in the water and to get comfortable with having the face underwater.

How young can my child realistically learn to swim?

First let us define swimming. Swimming is active propulsion through the water* not merely some kind of Nirvana album cover float. A fairly typical scenario we encounter involves parents who present us with their two year old. This child may or may not have had some pool experience and is usually not what we consider fully water adjusted. We usually have this child swimming before age three. With a child that has previously been well adjusted to the water, it is not uncommon for us to have that child swimming by two and a half or so. If a child has above average motor coordination and with an early start on adjustment and instruction, it is possible for us to have a child swimming by about 21 or 22 months. I don’t think I have broken the 20 month barrier yet but if I could start with a child at about 6 months or so and if we had a warm pool heated year round I know it could be done. Older kids can learn amazingly quickly. If you give us a willing child who is 3-4 years old it is likely that we will have that child swimming in a matter of weeks, sometimes even days.
*The first active swimming will be to the limit of the child’s breath as the ability to pop up for a breath is the next step but nevertheless since the child is self propelled in the water and can in a good case swim the width of an average pool in this manner we can define this as swimming.


I have heard that it’s good to avoid water wings and other flotation. Is this true?

YES. Avoid water wings like the plague. Every moment that your child spends in some sort of rig that lets the child float upright in a vertical position equates to many moments that we will have to spend in order to fix the bad habits that floaties create. Floaties cause kids to develop a bent knee kick instead of that nice flutter kick that we want. They give a child a false sense of security and they get kids accustomed to having the face dry which will wreck their body position. Those little inner tubes, rings and cute little boats that you stick the child’s feet through? All bad.
CAVEAT: As an instructor I stand by the above statements 100%. As a lifeguard at your pool party however I will put inflatable vests on dubious swimmers. This is a necessary evil. At many pool parties there are kids, often younger siblings of the main party kids, who cannot swim or cannot swim well enough to be safe in the water especially in the high energy environment of a pool party. The vests are better than the water wings and are safer. Let us teach your child and he or she will be showing off at the next pool party instead of bobbing around in a vest.