We believe that God has gifted the teaching staff with the talent to help others to enjoy water and swimming. We teach so that God may teach through us. We are accountable to Him to use our talents, and we expect Him to do miraculous things in our midst.
The classes and teaching have been structured so that students are able to build a relationship with a teacher. We view each class as an opportunity for teachers, teachers’ aides, and students to join together to discover their unique capabilities…and to grow as people, not just as swimmers! We teach and, in turn, are taught by the LORD through meeting the special needs of the individual students.
We strongly believe in the power of prayer in the teaching and learning process: prayer by teachers, students, parents & friends. Anxiety, fear, and negative memories are powerful deterrents to learning. We have seen Jesus Christ calm such “winds & waves” of fear, just as surely as He did over 1900 years ago on the Sea of Galilee. Philippians 4:13 says, “I can do anything God wants me to do by the power He gives me to do it!” Even the smallest faith in a great God releases God’s great power.
Lastly, we seek to “catch students doing something right.” We are committed to affirming the swimmers’ personhood and abilities, rather than motivating performances by techniques that tend to devalue them in their own eyes and in the eyes of others.