Swim Lesson questions
- How do I sign up for swim lessons? Fill out the registration form at the Swim Lesson Sign Ups page.
- Can I request a specific time for swim lessons? Yes, when you register, there is a spot to indicate time preferences. If you give us 3 or 4 time slots, then we can make sure your child is with kids the same age and ability level. Our primary scheduling priority is to closely match swimmers’ abilities to maximize their learning experience. Siblings are guaranteed to be in the same or adjacent time slots. Any additional flexibility that the schedule affords will be used to satisfy your time preferences to the best of our abilities.
- Will my kids be at the same time? We always try to get siblings at the same time, and guarantee that siblings are at least back-to-back.
- Can I request to be with a friend? Yes! There is a comment section when you register and you can indicate this request. We can't always guarantee it, but we work very hard to meet these requests and can usually make it happen.
- When will I find out my swim time? Swim lesson times will be posted online one week prior to the start of the session.
- What ability level is my child? Watch these short video clips to help you decide:
- Holding thumb and kicking face down, in a streamline position.
- Pull Touches on a kickboard
- Pull touches alone
- Pull touch breathing on a kickboard
- Pull touch breathing alone
- Pull touch breathing the width of the pool
- Pull touch breathing the length of the pool with a kickboard
- Pull touch breathing the length of the pool alone.
- How old must my swimmer be to begin lessons? We start lessons at age three. All children must be potty trained. There is no upper age limit. Many preteens and teens get a strong workout in the advanced classes.
- Does the parent get in the water? No. Parents can relax poolside while our qualified instructors teach.
- How often do lesson meet? One session meets Monday through Friday for two weeks. Each lesson is 30 minutes long.
- What is the class size? Ages 3 and 4 have a four to one swimmer to teacher ratio. Older kids have five or six kids per class, with carefully matched ages and ability levels to maximize the learning environment.
- Is the pool cold? Our pool temperature is 88 degrees (plenty warm for those little ones!)
- How many sessions should we do? Each kid progresses at his or her own rate, but swimmers benefit greatly from multiple sessions.
- Will my child go off the diving board? It has been our policy to take children off of the diving board once they have reached a certain level in their progression. We do this so they can experience what it feels like to fall into deep water, and provide them with the skills necessary to survive in an accident situation (such as falling off of a boat or a dock). However, If your child is afraid of heights, has ear problems, or you think jumping off of the diving board would impede his or her learning ability –please tell us! We think jumping off of the diving board is a valid learning tool, and can be lots of fun, but it is by no means a mandatory component of our swimming program. 3 and 4 year olds will be given the choice. If you would like to ensure that your child does go off of the board, please tell us. All communications regarding the diving board should be done discretely, by taking the instructor aside at the onset of class, or via the Question/Comment sheet.
- Did my child move down a level because he/she is in a location that he/she has been in before? We pay special attention to grouping swimmers together who are similar abilities. Therefore, the location in the pool does not correspond to a given “level” or ability. During any given time slot, the swimmers in the pool may have different abilities than those of another time slot. To most efficiently utilize pool space, classes of varying abilities can be in any given location in the pool. The take home message is this: a change in the location of your child’s swim class does not reflect a change to a “higher” or “lower” class.
- Parking: Parking for swim lessons is available in the gravel parking area parallel to Meridian and. Please be respectful of our member only parking area. Children should be escorted to the pool and must stay on the path. Be respectful of the golfers. Walk quietly and keep your children safe.
Do your kids think they are "too old for swim lessons"?
Continue to reap the benefits of swimming by joining BGCC Swim Team! -Open to proficient swimmers ages 9 and up.
The goals of the team are to promote water safety, physical fitness, healthy competition, and team spirit. Coach Hans has an extensive swimming and coaching background and is full of enthusiasm.
Schedule: Practice will run Monday through Friday from June 26 - August 4 from 7:30 am - 8:15 am. (During swim lesson sessions 3, 4, and 5). There is a swim meet at the end of the season.
Cost: $225 Register through the swim lesson form above -just click "Swim Team" when you are choosing your session.
adult lap swim
- When are the adult lap swims?
- Wednesday and Friday 6:00 am - 7:30 am
- Saturday and Sunday 6:00 am - 10:00 am
- How can I schedule a pool party? Pool parties held during normal business hours must include no more than 19 swimmers. For 20 or more people, you may schedule a pool party outside of normal business hours. Please see Nick Kheriaty, Aquatics Manager to schedule, or call 671-4405 or email BGCC Pool. For more detail, please visit our Private Pool Parties info page.
- How do I apply to be a lifeguard/swim instructor at the club? Contact Nick Kheriaty, Aquatics Manager at BGCCpool@gmail.com or print out a Job Application and send it to the address listed below, Attention: Nick KheriatyHere is what Nick will want to know when you apply:
- Are you certified through the Red Cross?
- Are you available all summer?
- Are you reliable, responsible and dependable?
- Are you a hard worker with a positive attitude?
- Are you a strong swimmer?
- Do you love working with kids?
Open Swim Questions
- What swim wear is acceptable for a baby? All non potty trained persons must wear The Swimsuit Diaper over a disposable diaper. Swimsuit diapers are available at the pool and Kids Northwest. This is non negotiable, as a matter of maintaining a healthy pool. We do have a few loaners to help you out of a jam.
- Which toys are allowed in the pool? Swim toys are always to be used at the discretion of the lifeguard. Some toys are never allowed. They include: Oversized toys, tubes, rings, and floatation devices, Footballs, Frisbees, Nerf balls, and hard plastic dive sticks. Life jackets and water wings are ok. Bathing suits with built in flotation will be admitted at the lifeguard’s discretion. Kids wearing acceptable flotation must stay in the shallow end unless accompanied by an adult.
- How old must a swimmer be to swim without adult supervision? The lifeguard is not a babysitter. An adult or an employed babysitter must accompany all children under the age of eight. Exceptions will not be permitted so please do not ask. Babysitters must be at least sixteen years old and are not subject to guest fees.
- Who can use the pool? Members with a Social Pool membership, Hybrid Membership, Golfing Members, Trial Golf Members, Casual Golf Members, and Trial Social Members with pool pass.
- When can I bring guests? Members can bring guests during all regular pool hours. The guest fee is $8.00 per guest and must be charged to your member account. Cash is not accepted poolside.
- How many guests can I bring? If you are bringing more than eight people –awesome! Let us known that you are coming! See “Parties” for more information.
- How many times can I bring the same guest? Guests are limited to 4 visits. The guest daily fee is $8.00 per visit.
- Can I send my guest swimming while I am not present? No, you must always accompany all guests. Please greet your guests at the door. Guests must be registered by a member. Your guests will not be admitted without you. (So, please do not wave them over to where you are sitting.)
- What about grandchildren? Grandchildren are allowed to swim for no additional cost. Grandparents must be on Club grounds while the children are swimming. Children under the age of 8 years must be accompanied by their grandparents at all times.
- What about babysitters? Babysitters are able to come to the pool only with prior written approval from a member. Babysitters are exempt from the $8.00 guest fee. A babysitter’s children are not allowed at the Pool.