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We rent the aquatic facilities at Millsop Community Center in Weirton, WV for our year-round swim lessons.
In Summer we also offer swim lessons at our newly built, private Mingo Junction outdoor pool, as well as travel lessons to your personal swimming pool.
You can find out more about our summer lessons here.
Dream Big Swim Academy is an independent entity that is not affiliated with Millsop Community Center nor employed by the establishments. As such, the pool has its own daily admission fee. This fee applies to both members, and non-members.
All admission fees are billed monthly and in advance along with your tuition. As fees are directly given to the Millsop Community Center on your behalf, DBSA discounts do not apply.
Those fees are:
$5.00/day for each person entering the water
There is no fee to watch your child swim.
For DBSA Summer Fees please see the COVID-19 POLICIES.
Infant classes, and children's private lessons are 30 minutes, once a week. We do offer hour long private lessons, but these are by instructor recommendation only, or for all adult classes.
Little Dreamers Infant Swim are our only group classes. They are available in warm weather months for maximum groups of 8-10 children, a parent must enter the water. There are 3 different Little Dreamers classes available, categorized by age.
Students may begin private lessons at 16 months of age and this is recommended.
For more information, see our Class Descriptions.
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Multi-child discount is 10% per child (excluding the facility entry fees).
You also get a discount if you take more than one class a week.
Multi-class discount: 2nd class = 15% off
(Discount not available for Summer 2020 lessons)
No. Lessons are scheduled in one-month increments, paid in advance, and due in-full by the 1st of the month or prior to your first lesson, whichever comes first.
When you sign up for lessons, the day and time you have chosen is yours until you provide written withdrawal from program or until the seasonal hours change.
Hours differ during the summer to accommodate the expected increased in family activities. Current program participants will be offered early access to the modified schedule.
We understand that children sometimes get sick or there may be conflicts with one of the lessons. We allow one make-up or rescheduled lesson per month ONLY if a 24 hour notice is given for cancellation. Make-up lessons must take place within two weeks of the cancelled lesson,
If proper notice is not given, or the lesson cannot be rescheduled, the lesson cannot be made up and payment is forfeited. This is to ensure that our instructors are compensated for their time, which includes the preparation necessary for each of our hand-written, prepared in advance, individual lesson plans.
Additional make up lessons are available for an additional $10 fee.
(Little Dreamers Infant Swim classes do not have make up options for missed classes due to limited class availability and discounted pricing.)
Due to the individual and specialized nature of our program, Dream Big Swim Academy’s availability is very limited. While we do offer a wait list for our program, we do not "hold" or "suspend" lesson times or days for any reason. Should you decide to take a break, the same day and time cannot be guaranteed.
We provide all equipment for lessons and ask that you leave personal toys, floaties, etc..., at home.
You will need to bring a swimsuit and a towel (we suggest 2). If he or she has long hair, you may want a swim cap or an elastic hair band.
Every child, under the age of 3 (36 months) and those NOT COMPLETELY POTTY TRAINED must be "double diapered" per the health department.
"Double diapering" is wearing a snug-fitting, non-disposable swim diaper on top of a disposable swim diaper.
Wetsuits are designed to trap water inside the suit. It uses body heat to warm the water and maintain body temperature. Wetsuits should be snug fitting and made from the correct materials.
Improperly fitting wetsuits will not work.
"Rashguards" (long sleeve shirts) are not wetsuits. They are made from nylon and are for sun protection only. These do not provide any warmth.
BUYING A WETSUIT:
Material: NEOPRENE - nylon, cotton, and other materials do not provide warmth
Thickness: This is measured in millimeters - mm. The greater the thickness, the warmer the suit.
• Very thin children or under age 4: 2 – 3mm
• Students in Tigerfish level or above: 1.5-2mm
Very thin children and those under 4 should have FULL length suits for colder months.
Children in Clownfish level or above should have “shorty” suits – short sleeves and legs to prevent movement from being restricted.
Several varieties are available in the School Store (app) or on Amazon.
The easiest way is our mobile app! You can receive push notifications about pool issues, lesson changes, emails, updates, and more!
We also utilize email, Facebook, and Instagram.
Dream Big Swim Academy is an accredited swim school and NOT a swim lessons program.
As an accredited swim school, DBSA is permitted to provide its own certification to instructors through its instructor training program.
The Dream Big Swim Academy instructor training program is 80+ hours (not including CPR/First Aid). Our program includes an instructor workbook and teaching manual. Our training requires a minimum of 60 hours of in-pool, hands-on training with a senior instructor, online video course work, and classroom education including child growth and development. CPR/First Aid training and certification are also provided.