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Sharing our love of water with swimmers of all ages and abilities since 2006

Frequently Asked Questions

My kid has ADHD/Autism/Anxiety, and has had a bad experience with other swim lessons. Is this the right place for them?

ABSOLUTELY YES! Everyone at Zen Penguin is an ADHD adult, parenting her own neurodivergent kid(s). Penny is not just someone who knows how to swim; she's also done years of research on co-regulation, the nervous system, and how to help your kids move through their sensory experiences to reach their goals. We keep groups small on purpose to provide an intimate, relaxed vibe for the class. Kids are never forced to perform skills they aren't ready for (including putting their face in). Our philosophy is, children who are afraid of the water have accurately assessed the danger of the situation, and we will never gaslight them about that. Instead, we focus on an information heavy path through those fears, acknowledging what's scary, and empowering them with the knowledge of how their body works in the water, and how to stay calm in order to keep themselves safe.

How fast is my kid going to learn?

Every kid's journey with the water looks different, and goes along a different timeline. Some kids pick it up right away, and some kids take a long time before finally feeling confident. typically parents can expect somewhat of an exponential curve when it comes to our lessons - it will look like we aren't doing much in the beginning, because we are laying the foundation of trust. Then, every kid reaches a point where "WHOA, they're SWIMMING!"

How do I book a spot?

Below, there. is a button that will take you to an intake form. Tell us about your kid(s), and what times work the best for your family (the more flexible you are, the more likely you'll be able to get in). Spots are reserved in first come/first serve order.

How long/often are lessons?

All lessons are 30 minutes long and take place at the same day and time each week.

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How do payments work?

Our lessons are ongoing and year-round. All lessons are paid via monthly autopay. This is a month-to-month subscription. If you wish to stop lessons at any point, please email us with 2 weeks notice that you no longer intend to continue. Your spot will be immediately offered to the waitlist. If you decide to come back, simply email us to find out what spots are currently available or to be re-added to the waitlist!

What if I miss a class?

If you have to miss a class and give us at least 24 hours notice, you are eligible to register for a make-up class during one of our "last minute lessons". These lessons are times/slots available due to other students having to miss their classes that are announced via email 24 hours before class. We are not responsible for coordinating make-up lessons. Refunds will not be given for sicknesses, planned vacations, or other absences. If you believe you have a circumstance that falls outside of these parameters, please email Rachel Ferdaszewski at Hello@ZenPenguinSwimSchool.com so we can discuss the best way forward!

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What if my kid hates it and won't participate? Can I get a refund then?

As always, it is our goal that every student and family has an incredible experience swimming with Zen Penguin Swim School. Our official policy is that refunds will be given solely at Zen Penguin Swim School’s discretion. That said, sometimes life gets in the way, or there’s a personality mis-match, or kiddos just aren’t quite ready to learn this life skill.  If you sign up and your kid straight up refuses to swim, or life happens and suddenly you can’t make that time anymore, you can get a pro-rated refund for the unused portion of your lessons before the 2nd lesson. If you have any concerns, please contact us so we can make sure you and your kiddo are taken care of!

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What about holidays/breaks?

Zen Penguin will take these days off -

Spring Break - Follows PPS Calendar

Mother’s Day

Memorial Day Weekend - Saturday - Monday

June 1st

Father's Day

Independence Day

July 25th

First Week of School Break - Week before Labor Day (8 days including Labor Day)

Halloween

Thanksgiving Break- Thursday - Sunday

Winter Break - Sunday Before Christmas through Saturday after New Years

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