Thank you for inquiring about lessons at Rob Knight’s Swim America (RKSA)!
RKSA opened the business 25 years ago with just 14 customers, 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 year round 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.
How we Succeed and Maintain our Good Reputation in the Community
- Small groups - (4 per class in Lanes 1-5). If a swimmer is absent, the ratio is even lower. We do not insert make-up swimmers.
- Warm water (nearly 90 degrees). It's always hot here, so parents get used to wearing sleeveless clothing, especially in the winter.
- Well trained staff. We schedule teachers where they are most likely to succeed based on their previous teaching skills, or competitive background.
- Group swim lessons are 40 minutes which is an ideal duration for learning. We suggest swimming year round, 1x/week. And, practicing of course to move your swimming forward.
- Swimmers must wear goggles, and girls must have caps. This allows us to keep the water and hair out of their eyes, so the children are more comfortable, and we spend more time focusing on swimming.
- Swimmers are tested in advance of placement to ensure good class flow. If your swimmer excels in a given lane, you may be asked to move to a different class. See ability levels below.
- Goal Oriented - Swim America's Learn to Swim Method offers all swimmers a swim chart (they take home) which offers a plan for success. Once skills are achieved, they receive a sticker and 'ring the bell' at the conclusion of a lesson acknowledging their progress. All teachers have class sheets indicating their swimmers' name and sticker level.
RKSA Ability Levels
Lane 1- Continues to work on breath holding so they can front float. Back float, and advances to swimming (arms), front and back kicking.
Lane 2 - Can front kick in a streamline position over 20 feet without stopping/breathing; able to back kick, and work on freestyle.
Lane 3 - Instructed on freestyle side breathing, and backstroke. In order to advance to lane 4, swimmers must master side breathing.
Lane 4 - Continue to work on freestyle and backstroke in the deep area of the pool. Also, work on treading, and breaststroke kick.
Lane 5 - Primarily work on breaststroke and butterfly, but in order to finish the program (sticker #10) they must swim 300 yards freestyle.
Older Starter (OS) Class: Several times a week, we offer a specialty class called Older Starters. OS is for swimmers who are learning to swim later in life (Age 7-10) and have the swimming skills of Lane 1. We allow them in the swim in the Lane 3 area so they have more room, and do not have to swim with younger children. So, if an OS class is offered, Lane 3 is not. It makes them more comfortable knowing the class is age, and skill appropriate. Once we catch up their skills, they will be asked to move out of the OS class, and into a Lane 2 or lane 3 level class. If they are under Age 8, they could go to a Lane 2 class, and if over Age 8, they would need to have their skills at a Lane 3 level before getting promoted out of OS.
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!