At Ripples Swim School, we teach an evolved swim curriculum focused on safety and geared towards children which makes the learning process fun and effective. Benchmarks are established at each stage in the program that combine both swimming and safety skills. Students participate in learning activities that allow them to explore the water in a creative and comfortable environment. Correct swimming techniques are taught from the very beginning with a focus om rolling over to breath on your back. These techniques are designed to provide an easy transition as students progress and advance throughout the levels. Instructors will take time at the end of every lesson to inform you on your child’s progress, areas where they are improving, and areas they need to continue working on. All instructors are certified in our proprietary swim curriculum. The lessons at Ripples Swim School are “continual” and not “session based”. That means there are no set beginning and end dates for your lessons. Based on our lesson availability, you pick the day and time that works best for your schedule. That will be your day and time every week for your 30 min lesson. You are automatically re-enrolled on the first of every month unless a withdraw form has been submitted 30 days prior. Our curriculum is designed for students ages 4 months and up and is separated in to the following programs:
Tots (Ages 4 months to 2.5 years)
Tots: No prior experience. Babies learn to be comfortable in the water. Confidence building and fun.
Minis (Ages 2 to 3.5 years)
Mini 1: No prior experience. Gentle introduction to basic swim and safety skills.
Mini 2: Must be comfortable in the water. Will get face wet, will jump in. Evaluation required.
Mini 3: Must be comfortable in the water. Can float front and back. Can jump in and return to surface.
Jr Swim (Ages 3 to 6 years)
Jr White: No prior experience. Gentle introduction to basic swim and safety skills.
Jr Red: Must be comfortable in the water. Will get face wet. Will jump in.
Jr Yellow: Must be comfortable in the water. Can float front and back. Can jump in and return to surface.
Jr Blue: Can swim on the surface and roll on back to breathe then return to forward motion.
Sr Swim (Ages 5 years & up)
Sr 5+ Level 1: No swim experience. Comfort and basic swim skills are the focus.
Sr 6+ Level 2: Can swim on the surface and roll on back to breathe then return to forward motion.
Stroke (All ages, by ability)
Stroke Green: Can swim freestyle with rotary (side) breathing. Can tread for at least 15 seconds.
Stroke Silver: Can tread water for 30 seconds. Can perform over arm pulls front and back.
Stroke Gold: Can perform Freestyle and Backstroke and have knowledge of Breaststroke and Butterfly. Evaluation required.
Stroke Gold +: Can perform Freestyle, Backstroke, Breaststroke and Butterfly. Evaluation required.
Private or Semi-Private Lessons (All ages, by ability)
Private or Semi-Private: Customized curriculumbased on students needs.
Lesson Format: Classes meet for 30 minutes once per week with the exception of Stroke Gold Plus (60 min) & Swim Team (90 min). Tots classes require parent participation. All children under 3 are required to wear a disposable swim diaper with a reusable swim diaper over the top. Please click here for info on our double diaper policy.
Class Size Ratios: Tots (8 students w/parents:1 instructor), Mini 1 & Mini 2 (2:1), Mini 3 & Jr White (3:1), Jr Red/Yellow/Blue/Green, Sr Swim, Stroke Silver & Gold (4:1), Stroke Gold Plus (8:1), Private (1:1), Semi-Private (2:1).
Make Up Lessons: Any cancellation of a class must be done at least 2 hours prior to you lesson start time in order to be eligible for a make-up class. Make-up classes are limited to 1 make-up credited per month/per customer. Private and Semi-Private lessons may need to make up classes in a group lesson due to time and space limitations.
One Time Enrollment Fee: $25 for the first child and $20 for the 2nd child. Addition children are free.
Cancellation Policy: We ask for 1 month notice of your desire to withdraw from you lesson. A withdrawal form must be filled out and submitted to the front desk or emailed to CustomerService@RipplesSwim.com (Bristol customers) or CustomerServiceWW@RipplesSwim.com (West Warwick customers). This form must be submitted by the first day of your last month of lessons.