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Swimming Program FAQ

When will the ACS Aquatic Programs begin?

While swim team programs have already started, other programs will be announced through the What's Going On? (WGO) and Divisional Newsletters. 

Please preview the website for possible additional offerings in aquatics.

Details will be finalized in the coming weeks.

What is the ACS aquatic program pricing list and unit pricing sheet and what is it for?

The pricing sheet helps create a unit based measure to compare different programs.  The unit of measure for comparison is cost per hour.  Because programs are different durations, different number of days per week, and different prices it is hard to compare them.  By calculating the cost per hour you can compare different programs.  As you will see the price per hour goes down as the number of hours goes up despite those programs being more expensive.

What is the ACS Aquatics Program Price List & Unit pricing sheet based on?

Prices are based upon and competitive with both Amman and US comparable markets and swim clubs.

How are payments calculated?

While this pricing sheet indicates monthly equivalents of lessons or practices to compare different groups, payments are made for the duration of the session. Session beginning and ending dates as well as days off are communicated at the time of registration and payment. Typically a session will include all the lessons or practices from the beginning of school to the winter break and from the beginning of January to the summer break.

What is LTS?

LTS stands for learn-to-swim and is ACS’s swim lesson program.

Why are the lessons only 30 minutes in duration?

Learn-to-Swim lessons plus privates, duos, and trios are scheduled as 30 minute lessons. This is best practice based on age and ability level that ensures students are focused and motivated without sloppy technique due to over-extended time periods.

How many times does my swimmer meet for learn-to-swim?

Learn-to-Swim lessons meet at a minimum 1 time per week. Swimmers may add additional times in a week to their schedule. For example, 2 or 3 times per week as an option. Please know that learning to swim may benefit as much from extended durations of time (over many weeks) as as compared to  many lessons in a week for a shorter duration of time (over 3 weeks only). However, if are planning on doing lessons for a long duration of time too, then extra sessions per week are okay as long as your child loves to swim.

What are the group sizes of learn-to-swim?

Learn-to-Swim groups start at 4 swimmers per instructor when they are first learning water confidence and safety and then progress to 5, 6, and 7 as they begin to learn their various strokes. This maximizes group instruction and minimizes down time. It also affords the most conservative safety recommendations.

What’s after learn-to-swim?

A swimmer may start in our Learn-to-Swim program with no swimming experience and graduate from the highest group knowing how to swim all 4 strokes competitively. Once they have graduated from the Learn-to-Swim program they may join one of our other non-competitive (such as ES/MS after school activity) or competitive team such as Scorpion Swim Academy or MS/HS SAISA, Athens, or ACS Invite.

Can my swimmer participate in swim meets while being in learn-to-swim?

Swimmers in the Learn-to-Swim program may participate in ACS swim meets upon coach recommendations in the strokes they are able to be successful in.

How do I schedule a private, duo, or trio?

Privates, Duos, & Trios are scheduled upon request and dependent on instructor and pool space availability.

What is SSA?

SSA stands for Scorpion Swim Academy.  SSA is structured like a USA-Swimming club team and as such has various groups based on age and ability. These groups allow swimmers to progress at an appropriate pace both developmentally and competitively. The ultimate goal is to have a swim team that practices the whole school year, competes locally in Amman, prepares our younger swimmers for the ACS MS & HS swim teams, and eventually places swimmers into college swim programs in the US or equivalent.

How are the SSA groups decided?

SSA groups are based on ability and age. The weekly sessions and session durations progressively increase and are aimed towards the goal of swimming competitively in college and are based on USA-Swimming recommendations.

Am I guaranteed a spot in the next session?

Preference is given to those re-registering for next session. However, group assignments may change depending on available spaces for swimmers. Attendance and commitment will be a primary consideration for group changes. Ability will also be considered. SRII swimmers will need to apply for each session.

If my swimmer is in MS or HS do they pay for swimming?

ACS students who are in the MS & HS competitive programs do not pay for their participation in those seasons (SAISA & ATHENS). However, there is a cost that each participant must pay in order to attend the event. In addition, MS & HS students have seasonal opportunities to swim outside of the school sponsored events and seasons within the Scorpion Swim Academy.  Participating with SSA requires payment of the participation fees for that group. Within the SAISA and ATHENS seasons, if your swimmer swims in the mornings, payment is also required.

How do I pay for masters and adult lap swim?

Masters and Adult Lap are designed to be flexible and meet as many people’s needs as possible.  Swimmers are always able to drop-in assuming there is space. Fees for these programs are still being determined.  

What are the SRII am practice costs and who are they for?

SRII (1-5 x am) are additional workouts in the AM on top of the SRI PM workout schedule. For each additional AM workout per week (i.e. Mon AM or MW AM) you would pay an additional 5 or 10 JD per month. Morning workout time may be subject to PM fees during MS/HS seasons for swimmers wishing to swim extra.