Thank you for inquiring about lessons at Rob Knight’s Swim America (RKSA)!
RKSA opened the business nearly 25 years ago, and since that time we have taught THOUSANDS of young children how to swim. Swim America is a national program that offers programming progressions and a plan for progress. Swim America learn-to-swim program was developed by a committee of the American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA). We have a license to teach the Swim America Learn to Swim Program, and must uphold their standards. In addition to those high standards, we have added some additional skills that only improve the learning at our swim school. Our staff has been professionally trained to offer you the very latest in teaching methods.
Swim America, opened locally in June 1992, is owned and operated by Rob and Chris Knight and has a staff of 14 part-time employees. In addition to being CPR and First Aid certified all staff have received extensive training on the proper teaching techniques and Level I ASCA teaching certification.
Small groups - (4 per class), warm water (90 degrees) and a well trained staff are a couple of the characteristics that have given RKSA such a good reputation in the community. Our group swim lessons are 40 minutes which is an ideal duration for learning.
Swim America teaches children to swim — we don’t just teach swim lessons. Swim America puts safety first. Lessons are designed to teach all the swim skills your child needs to be safe in and around the water for a lifetime. Our swim school focuses on safety skills and the ability to swim a minimum of 300 yards of freestyle.
Registration Process and the RKSA System
All new swimmers are tested in advance to determine their skill level and lane. We have 5 lanes running simultaneously during most Group Lessons. There is a test video for lane 1 on our website. If you are interested in joining, please go through our website and fill out the New Swimmer Evaluation Form. We offer ‘testing dates’ every couple of weeks, often on a Saturday or Sunday during the school year. Openings vary daily as swimmers are often getting moved up, and families sometimes like to switch their lesson time (if there is an opening). The website has our current programming schedule, but does NOT indicate which class is open.
The goal of our program is for families to bring all of their children at the same time. We do not accept phone registrations, and cannot hold lesson times without payment in advance. They’ll get a Swim America chart at their first lesson which is compiled of 10 stickers. We have 2 schedules in a yearly cycle. (1) School Year and (2) Summer!
Baby n’ Me Classes: Those classes take up the entire shallow area, so you cannot coordinate a Baby Class with a Group Lesson. You can try to schedule them back to back, and occasionally we have a deep end class running during Baby n’ Me. Go to our website for more on Baby n’ Me and other Specialty programming.
Swim America - Certificate/Plan for Progress
There are two different Skill Level Swim America Charts for swimmers in Group Lessons, Age 3.5- Age 11. You’ll keep the chart at home. We do not offer programming for older swimmers or Adults because we have space limitations. Swimmers ‘ring the bell’ when they achieve a sticker for their Skills Chart.
- Pre-School Chart - where swimmers Age 3.5 to Age 5 will begin. They’ll stay on that chart until Age 6. The advancement skills are easier taking their age into consideration. After age 6 we’ll graduate them to the School Age Chart whether they complete the chart or not. Year round lessons 1x/week is the best way to complete the program.
- School Age Chart – Swimmers who begin the program at Age 5 or above. The process begins with floating, then kicking on the front and back and then progresses to freestyle and backstroke. After free and back they are introduced to breaststroke kick, and then 'whole stroke' breaststroke and butterfly. After they can swim the four competitive strokes (freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly) they'll learn two lifetime safety strokes. In order to complete the program, they must swim 300 yards freestyle.
- After completion of the swim chart, they can continue in our program, but we encourage swimmers to join swim team. They have earned that opportunity!!! If team isn't for them, they can move onto another activity, but remember.....JUST KEEP SWIMMING!