Learning to swim, like aging gracefully or enjoying dried fruit, requires acceptance of pruney fingers. Outfit your little ones for aqua play with today’s Groupon: for $33, you get one month of children's swimming lessons at Aloha Aquatic Center in Gilbert (up to a $90 value).
Aloha Aquatic Center squires nascent swimmers with classes designed to impart introductory skills, solid stroke and breathing techniques, and positive attitudes toward amphibious activity. The curriculum boasts eight different classes tailored according to age and ability, with a maximum 4:1 instructor-to-pupil ratio that helps ensure personalized attention and no doubling up of Musketeer nicknames. Swimmers between 9 and 15 months can join the parent-child School of Fishies class, which acquaints toddlers with basic water skills, while more grown-up guppies can progress from Delightful Dolphins I (15 months+) and II to Magnificent Manatees or Super Stingrays, according to skill level. The 30-minute scholarly splash sessions meet once a week in Aloha's complex, which features an indoor, heated swimming pool, party rooms, and a playroom with play houses and slides for nonsubaquatic funtivities.
While Aloha's friendly instructors all have years of experience working with young swimmers, students who are not yet fully potty trained must come equipped with a double-up diaper (one disposable diaper, covered by a reusable diaper), and all students should provide their own towels, swimsuits, and seahorse saddles. While the center is typically open for lessons Monday–Thursday 9 a.m.–12 p.m. and 2 p.m.–7 p.m., and Friday and Saturday 9 a.m.–12 p.m., the schedule is constantly changing according to demand, so customers should be sure to call ahead for a list of available class times.