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Thursday, April 06, 2023 by sarah

The Step by Step Guide to Your First Day of Swim Class

So, you have enrolled your child (or yourself!) into a swim class, now what?  Great question! Below you will find a step by step guide to your very first day of Swim Classes at Miller Swim School. We are excited to have you!

  1. Login to your Parent Portal:
  • You have already registered and paid for swim class. Next, we ask that you login to the Parent Portal (which you can access via our website here) and read through and agree to the Policies and Procedures. It is imperative that this is completed before your first class!
  1. Prepare your Swim Bag:
  • We recommend the swimmer comes prepared with a swim suit and towel. If goggles are already regularly used, bring those along too! Goggles are not required for lessons, and we typically prefer swimmers begin without them. Swimmers who are not potty trained must also come prepared to wear a reusable, machine washable swim diaper (iplay is the brand you want to look for!).
  • A change of clothes and shower necessities are also optional. Our locker rooms contain showers for your disposal, and many of our swimmers prefer to shower off after their classes.
  1. Know Where to Go:
  • The Front Desk Staff can then direct you to our changing rooms. Swimmers may arrive dressed or you may utilize one of these spaces to change clothes and store your belongings. Please make sure to utilize the restrooms before you enter the pool deck!
  • Check in on the Pool Deck. Each shift has a deck supervisor who will check you in and direct the swimmer to their station. At this point, parents, you may drop your swimmer off or wait with them until the instructor has made their way over to begin the class.
  • All parents, grandparents, guardians will exit the pool deck and may view the classes from the Observation rooms.
  1. During Class:
  • Sit back and watch as your swimmer works through our infamous 10 step progression, getting more acclimated to the water each time. Take pictures and videos to track progress over the coming months and share with loved ones who are unable to watch during class time.
  • Be patient and encouraging. Many of these sensations and skills may be new and frightening for some swimmers. Remember that we can see you though the glass – an occasional thumbs up can go a long way when a nervous swimmer attempts their first skills! And be patient with us- repetition is key in this kind of learning. Repeating the same skills may appear redundant, but is vital in creating muscle memory and confidence!
  1. After Class:
  • Swimmers may be picked up on the pool deck at their station and will exit through the locker rooms. At this time swimmers may shower, rinse off, get dressed, or simply leave as they came!
  • We do ask that no wet bodies exit into the lobby area as the floor can become very slippery.
  • Have questions or concerns? Feel free to stop by and chat with the deck supervisor who would be more than happy to answer any questions or address any concerns you might have after the lesson!
  1. Practice, Practice, Practice:
  • During the next 7 days, take advantage of the feedback the instructor gave at the end of class. Utilize the homework suggestions page on our website for activities that may be done in or out of the water to help strengthen Level specific skills!
  • Come to Family Swim. There is a lifeguard on duty and an open pool for positive, playful and productive exposure to the water in-between weekly classes!

Still have questions? Feel free to contact us at any time via email,, or give us a call during our business hours at 918-254-1988. We look forward to seeing our swimmers in their classes each week