I specialize in teaching individuals to swim by using entertaining developmental methods that break down the basic elements of swimming in a simplistic and child-friendly manner. Not only do swimmers develop water safety skills and strokes, but they are also encouraged to create their own swimming style. The Water Whisperer has an approximately 95% success rate in getting people ages three and up swimming within ten lessons, but we start with babies as young as six months old.
Besides being great with children, I am CPR-certified and have an academic and creative background. I have always been an artist and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration from Rhode Island School of Design. After working as a freelance illustrator and assistant elementary school teacher for a few years, I decided to go to graduate school, receiving a Masters Degree in Education, Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, Cultural Linguistics and Diversity Degree, and a Supplementary Art Credential from UCLA. In addition, I have eighteen years of both academic and art-based classroom teaching experience. I founded the business after teaching both of my children to be independent swimmers by the time they turned two. The curricula in my swim school evolved over many years to become what it is today. I devised certain physical techniques, verbal catch-phrases and fun, memorable songs to help students learn visually, auditorily, and tactically. As my business has grown, I have become a proud member of The United States Swim School Association, where I participate in continuing swimming education courses to keep up with current safety and swim-teaching techniques.
New swimmers begin the process by learning a special routine that involves foam noodles, fins, puppets, toys, and songs. Fins are gradually reduced when students demonstrate the readiness to swim independently. Skills are built in layers within a structured, step-by-step carefully designed curriculum that helps children thrive and feel safe in the water. Throwing children in immediately and creating scary experiences are not part of The Water Whisperer philosophy. (See Wise Words)
. All teachers stay physically close to children in the water, never leaving their side. Every child has a different personality and we do whatever it takes to get them swimming. While I love swimming with children, I do not believe in dragging out lessons at the expense of parents. The ten day intensive program is designed to help children get the continuity needed to retain swimming skills. Once a week swimming lessons for new swimmers are not part of The Water Whisperer philosophy. However, children should take bi- weekly formal maintenance lessons year round after the initial ten-day program to reinforce and further develop water safety skills and confidence. If young students/new swimmers do not practice year round, they may regress. It is up to parents to ensure their child's swimming education continues. In addition to maintenance lessons, I also encourage parents to swim with their children year round outside of The Water Whisperer. Practice makes perfect. My goal is to not only get children to love the water, but to also have students swimming in a short time while they learn water safety skills. The Water Whisperer has an excellent success rate in achieving these goals all within a heated, covered, saline pool.
* All teachers are trained using the Water Whisperer techniques created by educator Emily Cohen, M.Ed.
* Lifeguards for parties also available.
* Swimming lessons are year-round in both Sherman Oaks and Woodland Hills.
* Swim Birthday Parties are available at our Woodland Hills location.
* RESERVED OPEN SWIMS in Woodland Hills: $10 for three hours of swimming! For adults and kids!
* Pre-competitive Swim Team/Swim Clinic for kids in Woodland Hills!
* Swim Bootcamp for adults!
* PRICES: We do offer seasonal discounts on our FB page and in our newsletter.
/ 10 lessons
Duets (Minnows only): $350
/ 10 lessons
Bulk Maintenance: $688
/ 20 lessons
Refresher Package for kids taught last year: $240
/ 5 lessons
Maintenance package for kids taught this year: $240
/ 5 lessons
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*On May 24th, 2010 The American Academy of Pediatrics updated their guidance on water safety and drowning prevention. The updated policy states:
"To protect their children, parents need to think about layers of protection. Children need to learn to swim. Swimming lessons can be an important part of the overall protection, which should include pool barriers and constant, capable supervision."
The statement goes on to say that new evidence shows that children ages 1 to 4 may be less likely to drown if they have had formal swimming instruction.
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Don't miss a chance to give your child formal swim instruction at The Water Whisperer, proud member of The United States Swim School Association.
WE SWIM YEAR-ROUND and on weekends.
BEFORE SUMMER YOU CAN ARRANGE FOR TEN DAY INTENSIVES BY MAKING A CUSTOM SCHEDULE.
We recommend coming Mon-Fri for two consecutive work weeks. Otherwise, you can come 2-3 times a week at minimum but results may take longer.
2016 SUMMER SESSIONS:
You can do a Custom Schedule OR come during the below pre-set sessions:
Session I. May 31 – June 4, June 6 - 10
Session II. June 13 – 17, June 20- 24
Session III. June 27 - July 1, July 5 - 9
Session IV. July 11 – 15, July 18 - 22
Session V. July 25 – 29, Aug 1 - 5
Session VI. Aug 8 – 12, Aug 15 - 19
You can still make Custom Schedules.