Sink or Swim School is 1 of 3 schools in the Charleston area certified to teach children under 3 years survival swimming skills. Our focus is drowning prevention! Safety with proper breath control, confidence with swimming, and skills to save yourself in the water are our specialties. We have trained and prepped several students for swim team. Our entire staff has years of experience with students and have had their children in the program as well.
Sink or Swim School works with children as young as 6 months. A better milestone is for your child to be able to crawl and or sit-up. Imagine how fast your child could crawl away and maybe crawl out the door as you made a snack or changed a load of laundry. 8-10 months is a common age to start.
Stranger Danger or simple separation anxiety is common with pre-school or swim school. We have toys and cookies to help comfort the students plus BIG smiles. Small approximations toward confidence is our approach. If we need to work on the steps for a few days, we do what is best to help the students feel comfortable and learn these skills!
When you register for one of our programs only you can assess whether you might have a potential conflict on the horizon. Sink or Swim cannot assume that risk for you. We understand circumstances arise and you can't make it to lessons, however, we only allow 2 cancellations by offering a credit with less than 48 hours notice. If we do not have proper notice of 48 hours or more you will be responsible for paying for that lesson. We do not offer refunds, however, we do offer credits towards future lessons.
For best results we recommend lessons 3x's per week for Rookie and Big Rookie and it typically takes 20-30 lessons (4-6 weeks) to complete the program. For group swim lessons we recommend 2 -3x's per week.
Sink or Swim School is experienced in swimming lessons for children with all special conditions, including emotional and physical conditions. If you have a specific question to help you choose a program best for your special child, please contact our staff!
Of course there is no price to drowning prevention; a peace of mind is priceless. Plus this is not a one-time program. Refresher lessons are recommended every 4-6 months. Expect a minimum of $600 for your first program if you have zero swimming skills. Most students require 20-30 lessons and refreshers are 3-6 lessons. Lesson fees are collected weekly.
We have never experienced a student suffer from dry-drowning nor seen a case of dry-drowning a.k.a. secondary drowning. Read Dr. Hensley's theory of dry-drowning in the article linked below:
All of our instructors will text the parents if it's unsafe to do your lesson. We only cancel for thunder or lightning and not light rain