Aquatics FAQs

Common questions from our members! 

Swim Lesson Information: 

What is the earliest age I can enroll my child in swim lessons?

What is the instructor to student ratio for the group classes?

Will my child get enough instruction with up to 4 other kids in the class?

How many classes will it take until my child knows how to swim?

Missing Swim Lessons:

What happens if I miss a class?

What if my child is sick for the lesson? 

What happens if I can’t attend a make-up class I booked?

What happens if there is a pool closure? 

Swim Lesson Registration:

How can I register?

Am I able to withdraw from swim lessons if I’ve already registered?

I don’t know what class my child should be in. What should I do?

Have a question that's not on here? Contact us! 

Aquatics Director: Joe Chiccarelli

Assistant Aquatics Director: Nikita Kirik

Email: aquatics@billericabgc.com

Phone: 978-667-2193 ex. 109

 


 

Q: What is the earliest age I can enroll my child in swim lessons?

A: We start kids off in our swim lessons as early as 6 months.  Please see our parent-child class schedule. (Go back to the top) 

 


 

Q: What is the instructor to student ratio for the group classes?

A: We will never have more than 5 students for 1 instructor.  We will always either move kids around, or add an extra instructor. (Go back to the top) 

 


 

Q: Will my child get enough instruction with up to 4 other kids in the class?

A: Since all of our classes are 45 or 30 minutes, we have perfected utilizing the time well.  The instructor provides instruction to the whole class, and then lets each child try out the skill. While waiting for their turn, the students are able to watch their peers swim, which is a great teaching tool. Even if they’re not watching, they’re expanding their comfort level simply by being in the water.  (Go back to the top) 

 


 

Q: How many classes will it take until my child knows how to swim?

A: There is no definite time in which your child will learn how to swim. It will depend on the child’s desire, attitude and confidence. All children are different and we need to let them learn at their own comfort level. (Go back to the top) 

 


 

Q: What happens if I miss a class?

A: Don’t worry, we understand things come up! We do our best to offer 1 complimentary make-up during the session. Schedule one with the pool office before the current session is over. (Go back to the top) 

 


 

Q: What if my child is sick for the lesson?

A: If you get a doctor’s note, we can make that class up and you still get your one complimentary make up. (Go back to the top) 

 


 

Q: What happens if I can’t attend a make-up class I booked?

A: No problem! As long as you call ahead to let us know you are not coming, you can reschedule that makeup! (Go back to the top) 

 


 

Q: What happens if there is a pool closure?

A: Please note that we close anytime Billerica Public Schools close for snow. If the pool is closed due to snow or if we have to close for maintenance, a make-up will automatically be given to your account.  This make up does not expire, and can be booked at any time.  We are also able to credit your account for the missed class, but you must talk to the pool office for that to happen. (Go back to the top) 

 


 

Q: How can I register?

A: You can register online, over the phone, or come to The Boys and Girls Club. We have found that coming in to register in person is the most effective way to do so. Check the website for club hours. (Go back to the top) 

 


 

Q: Am I able to withdraw from swim lessons if I’ve already registered?

A: You are free to withdraw from lessons before they start. Once lessons have started, there is a $20 cancelation fee, and the remaining amount of classes is credited to your account. (Go back to the top) 

 


 

Q: I don’t know what class my child should be in. What should I do?

A: The general ages for our parent child classes are 6 months-3 years and for preschool 3-5 years old. Progressive lessons are longer lessons designed for kids 6-18. On the first day of classes children with unknown levels will be assessed and put into the most appropriate class. For advanced swimmers we also offer a clinic that practices multiple times a week. (Go back to the top)