FAQs Irvine

What services do you provide?

A: We offer swimming lessons at all of our locations. Waterworks also offers a variety of other aquatics programs at select locations.  Some of these programs include swim teams, summer swim camps, birthday parties, lap swimming, aqua fitness classes, water therapy and more!  Please see our programs for more detailed information.

What makes your family swim school program unique?

A: We utilize a specialized muscle memory teaching technique that is unique to Waterworks Aquatics. Our instructors will physically mimic the swimming strokes to ensure your child learns the correct technique right from the beginning. Students are encouraged to enjoy the water while they refine their swimming skills. We offer small class sizes and our lessons are fast paced as we realize that our students are here to learn. We guarantee that you and your swimmer will have a great experience with us, or we will refund your money on the first day.

When do your sessions start and how long do they last?

A: At Waterworks Aquatics, we do not have set sessions. Our swimming lessons are incredibly flexible, meaning you start lessons when you are ready and continue until you are ready to stop. We can even get you started the same day that you register!

How long is each swim lesson?

A: Our private, semi-private, adult, and parent & me lessons are all 20 minutes long.  In our experience, 20-minute lessons work best for children. If lessons are longer than 20 minutes, we run the risk of losing the child’s attention and not gaining the maximum benefit from each lesson. After you watch the first lesson, you will see that this length of time is right for your child. If you feel more time is needed, we can schedule two lessons in a row to give your child 40 minutes of lesson time. Our Stroke Clinic lessons are 40 minutes in length and are for students ages 5 and older who are level 8 or higher. 

How many times per week should my child attend lessons?

A:  The more classes your child can attend per week, the faster he or she will learn.  This is why we recommend at least 2 lessons per week.  During the time between swim classes a child can forget a lot of what they have learned, which is why we recommend multiple times per week. Children attending lessons twice or more per week will experience an exponential increase in their rate of progress. 

Can I switch my schedule at any time?

A: Yes, you can. Our lesson packages are incredibly flexible. Meaning you can make changes to your schedule at any time! You are never committed to keep the same schedule and can change it whenever is needed for your convenience. The easiest way to do this is to log into our customer portal to make changes to your schedule. 

What age can my child start swim lessons at Waterworks?

A: Your child can start lessons as early as 3 months old!  We offer a Parent & Me program that is geared for children ages 3 months to 3 years of age.  This program will take you and your child through 3 levels of instruction that will encourage independence and safety in the water. 

Our private lessons are also available for children ages 3 months through adult. Private baby or toddler swimming lessons are a great option for parents who do not want to get into the water with their child or who would like to see more rapid results.

NOTE: If you are attending swim lessons at a Waterworks Swim School location out of LA Fitness or City Sports Club, the beginning age for private and semi-private lessons is 2.5 or older.

How long will it take my child to learn to swim?

A: Every child is different and there are many factors that contribute to learning to swim. Their beginning skill level, their age, the number of lessons per week, the type of lesson, and their past experiences will all play a part in how long it takes them to achieve their swimming goals. For maximum learning in minimum time, we recommend enrolling your student in Private lessons multiple times per week. The one-on-one attention and minimal downtime between classes will result in quicker skill development and progression.

What is your lesson cancellation guideline?

A: If you cancel your lesson at least 2 hours prior to your lesson time, you will be given a makeup lesson that can be scheduled any day and any time other than your regularly scheduled lesson time.

What are the temperatures of your pools?

A: All of our Waterworks Aquatics teaching pools are heated year-round to a cozy temperature up to 92-93 degrees. Our Waterworks Aquatics lap pools are heated to temperatures between 88-89 degrees. Our Denver location offers a lap pool that is heated to 80 degrees.

Our Waterworks Swim School locations out of LA Fitness and City Sports clubs offer an indoor pool heated up to 84 degrees year-round. 

My child is under 3 years of age or is not potty trained.  What should they wear?

A: For your safety and the safety of others we have a double diaper policy, which is required to follow. All children under 3 years of age and children 3 years or older who are not potty trained must wear one disposable swim diaper and one reusable swim diaper.  This is the best way to prevent any unexpected accidents from impacting our swim lessons. Disposable swim diapers (e.g. Splashers or Little Swimmers) can be purchased at select retailers or online. You can purchase a reusable swim diaper (e.g. I-Play or Finis) at a Waterworks Aquatics location. They are also available online. 

NOTE: If you attend a Waterworks Swim School location out of LA Fitness or City Sports Club we do not have the option to purchase reusable diapers. You will need to purchase them online or at a select retailer.

What should I bring to my first swim lesson?

A: You can bring your swim suit, towel, goggles, shampoo, conditioner, and a change of clothes. Waterworks provides showers that you will have the option to use after your lesson.

I’m an adult and I don't know how to swim. Can you teach me?

A: Absolutely! At Waterworks, we consider adult lessons any person 13 years of age or older. We have a wealth of experience teaching adult students of varying ages and abilities. All of our adults have benefited greatly from our swimming lessons no matter if they are learning how to swim or are looking to use swimming as a form of exercise.  It is never too late to learn such an invaluable skill as swimming! 

Do you offer trial lessons?

A: We do not have trial lessons. However, we are extremely confident that you will love our swim lesson program. We do offer our Waterworks Promise; that if you are not 100% satisfied with your lessons, we promise we will make it right for you and your family.

Do you offer sibling discounts?

A:  You have the option to purchase a package of swim lessons, which offers discounted rates with the more lessons that you purchase. While we do not offer sibling discounts, if your children are taking the same lesson type, they are able to share the lesson package. Therefore, you could take advantage of the discounted rate by purchasing a larger lesson package. 

Do you offer refunds?

A: We want to ensure you have an exceptional and memorable experience with us. If you are unsatisfied with your first lesson and you are a first-time customer with us, you may request a full refund for your remaining lessons. Refunds will only be issued on the day of the first lesson of your very first lesson package. No refunds will be given after the first day of your very first lesson package. Note: This only applies to swim lesson packages.

How can I sign up for swimming lessons?

You can sign up online, over the phone, or in person. 

What is a makeup lesson?

A: A makeup lesson is awarded to your account for cancellations that are made at least 2 hours prior to the class start time.  It can be used any day or time outside of your regular class schedule.  We give makeup classes for cancellations so that you have the opportunity to take the class on another day instead of missing out on the lesson.

How do makeup swimming lessons work?

A: A makeup can be used anytime outside of your regular lesson time as long as you have 1 paid, scheduled, future lesson on your account. You can schedule makeup lessons up to 7 days in advance. (The majority of our cancellations occur 7 days or less leading up to the lesson, so it’s easier to find an available lesson time to make up with an instructor during this time.) If for some reason you need to cancel a scheduled makeup lesson, you can reschedule again, as long as you cancel your makeup lesson at least 2 hours prior to the lesson time on our customer portal.

Can I drop off my child for their lesson and come back to pick them up later?

A: Safety is important to us at Waterworks Aquatics. You are solely responsible for the supervision of your child and their safety at all times. We ask that you remain present for the duration of the swim lesson. 

Am I allowed to watch my child’s lesson? Can I bring family with me to watch?

A: At this time, we ask that only one parent/guardian attends their child’s lesson (one parent per child). This is for safety reasons due to the pandemic. When it is safe to do so again, we will welcome and encourage you and your family to watch your child’s lesson. We want you to share in the experience with your child as we know this is a wonderful and lasting memory!  

What aquatics programs does Waterworks Aquatics offer?

A: Our Waterworks Aquatics locations provide a variety of aquatics programs for all ages. Select locations offer birthday parties, youth swim team, summer swim camps, swim competitions, water aerobics, lap swimming, family swim nights, recreation swim, water therapy, special event rentals and more! Whether your goal is to become safer in the water, learn proper stroke technique, improve your speed or efficiency then Waterworks Aquatics is the place for you!

Is Waterworks Aquatics available for birthday parties or other event rentals?

A: Yes! We offer party and event rentals at several of our Waterworks Aquatics locations. You can book your child’s next birthday party or a private event at our facility.  We have also hosted a variety of other events such as commercial shoots, baptisms, high school boat races, end of year school parties, and more. Our event coordinator would be happy to assist you with booking your next special event!