Lynne Patch Aquatics Inc. (LPA) is a private swim school affiliated with the Ontario Lifesaving Society.
We operate from our facility at 500 Hensall Circle, Unit 3, in the Cawthra/Dundas area of Mississauga (Ontario, Canada).
Our aquatic program began in April, 1987.
LPA offers a variety of classes and programs for children and adults: swimming, snorkeling and water excercise.
We do not have a family changeroom, therefore, boys 6 years of age and up must use the boys changeroom - see Our Facility below.
Why are we different?
Our instructors show a genuine love for teaching children to swim.
Our certified instructors work in small classes to promote a more personalized service.
More than 90% of our staff learned to swim and were trained as instructors at LPA.
We offer a personalized service where both instructors and supervisors keep parents informed of their child's progress and any challenges the child may encounter.
In small classes young children age three to five can work through the LPA Learn to Swim Program. They are not held back due to their young age.
We have swimmers five years old swimming at an Aqua 7 or 8 level. It is amazing to see these young swimmers doing full lengths of front crawl and learning breast stroke and elementary back stroke.
"No one ever fails"
Lynne Patch Aquatics uses progressive evaluation for all the various levels. There is no pressure of a final test. On completion of each level the child will be given a badge and will begin working on the next level with the same instructor and time during that session. No one ever fails if they have learned new skills and made some progress. Perhaps if we explain to our children that continuing at the same level does not make them a failure, we will relieve anxieties that some children may feel. A positive parental attitude can make all the difference on how children perceive their accomplishments.
Our facility is designed to create a cheerful, stimulating, learning environment. We use various types of equipment such as a "tot dock" (a platform used in shallow water to allow a small child to touch bottom) toys, mats and hoops to create a fun learning experience.
The water temperature is a comfortable 90 degrees.
We do not have a family changeroom, therefore, boys 6 years of age and up must use the boys changeroom. During the Spring, Fall and May-June Programs, moms are allowed in the boys changeroom during the "daytime" classes. In the evenings, weekends and during the entire Summer Program, moms are not allowed in the boys changeroom. (Dad's are never allowed in the girls changeroom.)
Children ages 3 to 6 years are taught in a class of 4 children. Children ages 6 and up are taught in classes of six or eight children (depending on the level). Some classes have an assistant helping the instructor with the class.
We go to great lengths to make safety awareness an integral part of our swim program.
Instructors are in the pool with their classes.
We strive to teach both swimming as well as focusing on safety in and around the water.
We feel a child under the age of three will benefit more by learning swimming and safety skills with the support of a parent in the water.
There really is a Lynne Patch
Lynne teaches four days a week during the Spring and Fall Programs. She also oversees the entire aquatic program consisting of approximately 35 staff members and some 850 swimmers a week.