Swim Guidelines

Swim FAQ's

List of 3 frequently asked questions.

  • Preparing for Class

    No eating within an hour before swimming class.

    Please make sure that if your child has longer hair, it is securely pulled back from the face so it will not get in the way during the lesson.
  • Suit + Goggles

    Preparation for class includes a bathing suit, towel and willing attitude. Children may come in suits or use the changing area provided.

    Please, no long sleeve swimming shirts. They cause too much drag, and do not allow the child to learn proper arm movements.

    If your child needs goggles, you must provide them. Please have them on your child before class starts.

    Students enrolled in the Catfish class and above must wear goggles. We will loan goggles in case of emergency.

    The best possible goggles for a child are the ones with clear lenses because they allow the swimmer to focus better during class.
  • Poolside Etiquette

    Please try to be here at least 5 minutes before class starts to allow time to get ready. Your child gets more out of the lesson when fully ready.

    Parents + Visitors
    Parents are not allowed to join their child in the water for lessons. Please do not register for regular classes until your child is ready to be independent in the water and can listen and follow simple directions as part of a group. Inability to do so could result in class reassignment.

    Please do not let children (siblings, friends, waiting students) run or play on the pool deck. It is a distraction for the students in the pool.


We offer Open Swim hours on the weekends! Try to make time for a second swim during the weekend. A little bit of extra practice goes a long way.

Students may not drop in on classes without permission. Please contact Scott Bryant (202-577-2043) for permission.

Lowell School is a private PK-8th grade school located in NW Washington, DC. At Lowell students gain the knowledge, skills, and social-emotional literacy to be the bold leaders and creative problem solvers our world needs.