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35

years

in Business

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Sat - SunClosed

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We are a year round facility .. outdoors in the summer sun .. indoors in winter.. Our water temperture is 93 degrees.. very small student /teacher ratio.. .. Small number of children in pool at a time .. sime classes there is only one at a time .. so it is excellent for maintaining focus throughout lesson.. Great to have privacy for Adults.Our program has been proven to work over the span of time ( since 1981).. Our techniques are greared to work for all ages , devlopmental amd special needs student

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Office line: (925) 798-3170

Phone: (925) 932-5861

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Price Range:

Three month sessions .. prices depending on specific class .. please refer to website

Location:
2525 Stanwell Dr Concord Ca 94520 #250
Amenities:

Very private setting to maximize focus

Languages:
English, Spanish
Associations:

United states Swimming Association

AKA:

Little Dippers

Category:
Swimming Instruction

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Posted: 4/9/2013

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LOVE this place! our kids have a blast learning and it is a must in our family. Swim lessons is so important for kids of all ages so they learn to be "water safe" we love Little Dippers methods and how they drill into swimmers the basics that can save their lives. I have also seen a few adult swimmers taking private lessons and they are taught the same way as a 3 year old (that's a good thing) Calm, loving, repetition and consistent. Our 3 year old can roll over and float forever on her back and our 5 year old swims like a fish. She can swim with us in Hawaii and keep up. When she gets tired she rolls on her back to take a break and she is so calm in the water. We got so many complements from other swimmer on our vacation on how calm our kids were in the water. Our kids respect the water and we are so blessed to have found this program. We have referred many friends to this center and plan to enroll our twins next session. Thank you to an amazing staff!

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Updated: 6/11/2015
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We are so grateful to the Litt...

We are so grateful to the Little Dippers staff. Our daughter fell into the Lafayette Reservoir when we are on a play date. She rolled onto her back and calmly swam over to the side. It happened so fast and was very un expected. I was aware that she was able to swim during her class time with her teacher or with us at public pools, but I was shocked to see that she had a quick reaction and internalized to float and kick to the side. She was wearing full clothes and did not care about what had happened. I do credit the full clothed safety drill that Little Dippers hold every summer. We have been loyal clients for the past 4 years.

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Hi Little Dipper Staff! We are...

Hi Little Dipper Staff! We are in Kauai and our little fishes are getting attention everywhere we go thanks to you all! We are having the best family vacation swimming around with our kids. Lucas is able to swim around in the kiddie pool face in the water rolling to float pretending to be a pirate and Jasmine is swimming around making friends playing mermaid. I must admit they look fantastic, confident and most of all they are having fun. As parents we very excited that this past year of lesson have turned our kids into swimmers we are looking around at other kids their age in life jackets treading water, or arm floaties. Other parents are asking us how our kids know how to swim like that.. and we say Little Dipper with a smile Thank you Mahalo!! The Newton Family

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Posted: 5/3/2012

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About our experience so far: I...

About our experience so far: I wanted my daughter to start swim classes right after birth, but the earliest enrollment age locally I found was at little dippers swim school. We started at the Lafayette pool when she was just 3 months old and the first classes were quite scary for me a a parent. When I needed to put her under water - I was shaking and not confident. But with the instructor's help and practice I got much more comfortable and now a year after we started, she can swim half of the length of the pool under water. She rolls most of the time. She jumps to me into the water from the top step and from the side of the pool. She can dive and get a toy from the third (bottom) step and she and I enjoy the water and the classes.
I can tell you that there are positives and negatives in this school. My experience is with Mommy and me classes only. We have tried two other schools locally (not sure if I am allowed to post names, so I will leave it out) and decided to stick with little dippers.
Why we stayed:
1) The method: as an elementary school teacher myself, I can tell you that there is a method, and a clear progression and theory behind the classes. It's not just getting friendly in the water. Your child is taught step by step with a lot of repetition ( so they learn the routine and can anticipate what is next and feel confident) that leads to a confident swimmer.
2) The teachers: so far we have been with two teachers and had two subs. We switched times, that is how we got moved to our second teacher. I feel it is very consistent and I am not worried that we have to get a new teacher frequently, what happened at other places) and even the subs were great - they follow the method and have notes from the regular teacher on each kid and their strengths and weaknesses. So there is still continuity.
3) It's QUIET. I know this might be a silly comment, but I found that other school had so much noise, that my baby was just terrified. For and older child that might not have been an issue, but for a baby - that was overwhelming, and she could not stop crying. Here everything is much quieter and calmer.
Why we shopped around:
1) The facility is the backyard and somebody's private pool (with a bubble in the cold season). Although there is a bathroom and a changing room, it's still weird and takes some time to get used to. You have to walk through the cold with your baby in the winter season. We adjusted with warm robes for both of us and getting rid of the wet clothes right in the bubble (for the baby)
2) It's not updated or state of the art. It's just your average run of the mill pool and bathroom that is used by lots of people, so it can get wet and grubby. They clean it regularly, but if you are there at the end of the day, you will see a much worse picture than the facilities after the class at the beginning of the day.
3) Price: it turned out that the price is pretty close on all the schools. I think in the end Little Dippers were slightly cheaper for the mommy and me classes, but not significantly and not in a way that would impact my decision to choose them over another school.

For our family the quality of the classes, the method, progression and quality teachers ( that stay consistent) was more important than something fancy or an indoor facility and a separate not in the back yard facility. But I think everyone has to decide what is more important to them.
I recommend this school and actually had several of my friends come and join. I tell them right away that this school is great for the quality teaching, not the facility, and they always are amazed at the results their kids get after a short period of time.
So my advice is - shop around, decide what your priorities are and I think you will be happy with this school, even though it is not perfect.

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claimed iconBusiness Response.05/07/2012

Thank you so much for your feedback. We are excited to be expanding into a new facility soon. We know that the temp site is not ideal and we are there since our client base has grown so much that we were turning swimmers away. Our new facility will be opening August 2012 with locker rooms, bathrooms, parent waiting area with viewing window, tv, coffee, swim shop, birthday parties and yoga. We thank you for your honest feedback and look forward to seeing you at the new facility in August!

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Updated: 6/11/2015
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I am a parent of four children...

I am a parent of four children! I have two older children that learned to swim at a young age while my family lived on the east coast. They now swim on the swim team (ages 9 and 10), and while being around water on a daily location, it was imperative for my two younger children (2 and 3) to be safe while around the water. I started my 3 yr old daughter at Little Dippers almost 2 years ago. She has taken lessons with the owner the entire time, and my 2 year old son has just begun lessons. My daughter can swim independently, and more importantly, she knows exactly what to do if she were to fall in the water. Even if she were fully clothed with shoes on, if she fell into the water, she could get on her back for air, and then swim to the side. More importantly, she LOVES to swim and completely enjoys the water.

Let me also add that of my 4 children, three of them cried each time they got into the water for the first 3-6 months of their lesson. I appreciate Joy's teaching abilities so much. As a parent, I am loving, kind and gentle, yet firm. With water safely, I feel the same is important. My children have learned that Joy cares, and she is kind, but she is also firm. She didn't let my children climb out of the water b/c they were crying and wanted mommy b/c her job was to teach them to swim. My daugher eventually began to stop crying and enjoy the water and enjoy being with Joy in the water, and I expect the same from my son in the near future. And now, I have the peace of mind that if something were to happen, my 3 year old would be okay. And soon, my 2 year old will be in the same boat. Joy talks to my children, she explains to them why it's important that they listen to her, and she is open with me as a parent as to why she does certain things during a lesson.

Last, I have always enjoyed working with Carolynn as well. She has been a great substitue teacher and she runs the business soundly. She's been easy when I need to make a schedule change, and she's been accomodating when it comes to payment as well. I one day expect all four of my children to be competing on the swim team, but until then, I'll attribute my younger children's swim team abilities to Little Dippers!!

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claimed iconBusiness Response.05/07/2012

Jim- Thank you for your feedback. I did get your recent email about swim team and we are so excited and happy for your crew! Swim on! Carolynn

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Updated: 6/11/2015
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I graduated from Little Dipper...

I graduated from Little Dippers Swim School (which was then also taught and ran by Joy as well as other wonderful teachers) roughly 25 years ago and now drive from Antioch to bring my children back to Joy.

My son is 4 and is swimming laps in 3 different strokes and has been given this skill and self empowerment from Joy. He has been through many stages starting at 6 months and it is all so worth it when we go to public pools and he is able to swim comfortably when every other child his age is limited to the stairs, life jackets and floatation devices on their arms! He also rode his bike in the pool on accident at 2 yrs old and was able to roll over and then swim to the side without any assistance. AMAZING!!!!!

My daughter is 2 and is doing wonderful. Every time we go swimming she is rolling, floating and kicking. I have the peace of mind to know if something were to possibly happen, she would be okay. It is AWESOME!!! Joy is amazing at what she does. And Carolynn and Jacque always get back to us right away if we have any questions. They also send birthday cards to the kids every year!

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My son has been going to Littl...

My son has been going to Little Dippers for 1.5 years and my daughter has been going for 8 months. Both of my kids started with Joy as their teacher and currently my daughter is still with Joy in her parent participation class. I have had such a great experience with this school and these teachers. My son is now with Kirsten, whom I cant say enought good things about. Some people are just born to be teachers and have a way with kids and thats how I feel after every lesson with Kirsten. We have had Erin too and she is awesome! Each teacher has different skills and I have never been disappointed in a class. We came from San Francisco (UCSF swim classes), and I can tell you its night and day comparison. My son started when he was 2 years old at little dippers and it felt like it was his first REAL lesson, even though he had been in lessons since 6 months of age. Just this summer he is full on swimming and water safe. I did read the reviews and I understand that everyone has different parenting styles, but I actually had the opposite feeling when my son was trying to take charge of his class. I was sitting there watching my son cry and not want to get in the water and Joy was such a professional and took charge in a way I would expect his preschool teachers to act as well. I was so happy that my money wasnt wasted as has happened in former schools we attended where my son just watched the lesson instead of being talked to and rewarded for trying new things. I wanted to thank her so many times for working so hard with my son. I really think teaching your baby or child water safety is such a gift, and little dipper swim school has certainly been a great gift to our family. You wont be disapointed.

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My son has been taking private...

My son has been taking private lessons at Little Dippers for a little over a year now, and is doing an amazing job! He went in to lessons at Little Dippers (after having almost 6 months of lessons elsewhere), being afraid of having his face put in the water, and now his favorite part about his lesson is going under water, and diving to the bottom of the shallow end to get a toy. He is also able to dive in from one side, and swim 20 feet to the other side of the pool, all on his own! I think Joy has a wonderful way of teaching. She is firm (which I think a teacher needs to be), but also very loving and caring. My son has built up a trust with her over this past year, and so he (most of the time) willing goes in to the pool for his lesson, where as, in the past, he's been clinging to me, not wanting to go anywhere near the water.

I also love that Little Dippers gives out little certificates and ribbons, at each level of accomplishment. We proudly display my sons awards on his bedroom wall. I am so proud of how far he's come in his lessons, and we couldn't have done it without Little Dippers!

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We have had swim lessons for m...

We have had swim lessons for more than five years at Little Dipper Swim School and there is a reason it is incredibly popular -- it is simply the best. All three of our daughters have flourished under Joy's direction.

For example, my first daughter is now almost six and an absolute fish with a huge love of the water thanks to the fact we started at Little Dipper when she was nine months old. I continue to learn so much about swimming and parenting from Joy on a weekly basis

Carolynn has been an GEM helping me with my crazy schedule for my girls. I have flip flopped on her a few times and she awlays has been able to help me get a class time and day that we needed. Very helpful how she respons right away at even late night hours to help busy parents.

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My son Parker is taking lesson...

My son Parker is taking lessons from Joy. I think her school is wonderful! Parker is such a mellow child who would be happy sitting on the top step playing until he turns 12 (he is 3 by the way).


I had him take swim lessons elsewhere and for two months all he learned to do was blow bubbles. The philosophy of this other swim school was to let the child take the lead. They were afraid to push Parker for fear that he would become afraid of the water.

Joy's philosophy at Little Dipper Swim School is quite the opposite and has worked wonders with Parker. Parker has only had three lessons with Joy and is already putting his head underwater, floating on his back with assistance, going underwater for his ring, practicing his kicks,pushing off from the side and jumping in from the side. He learned more in one lesson with Joy than in the sixteen lessons he took elsewhere. Parker's favorite phrase is "I don't want to do it". Joy gently tells him that there isn't a choice and under the water Parker goes. Parker is very proud of himself.I am certain that Parker would never learn to swim if he was at a different swim school. Some children will learn to swim with little or no pressure from the teacher (like my 5 year old, Zachary). Other children, like
Parker, need lots of encouragement and cannot be given a choice to sit on the top step and just blow bubbles.
The Little Dipper program made such an impression on me that I also enrolled my five year old, Zachary, who already knows how to swim, and I am planning on enrolling my infant daughter in the fall.

Thank you Little Dippers!

: This is a huge accomplishment for my family. We are so pleased with the program and would love to share our success with others.

ANNE CANNON

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