Frequently Asked Questions
Does my son/daughter need any prior water polo or swimming experience to take this class?
Polo Buddies doesn't require any prior water polo experience, however all students must be deep end safe. That means if your child was placed in the deep end of a pool he or she could easily and safely swim to the side.
How do I sign up my child?
Find the pool location and time that is most convenient for you.
Find the sign up information for each pool located on our Classes Page, and call or go online to sign up.
Each Pool has it's own sign up process.
Sign up early because our classes tend to fill up!
What do students bring and wear to class?
Boys can wear either jammers, speedos, or board shorts to class. Girls must wear one piece suits. All students must bring goggles. Those students with long hair should wear a swim cap.
What are the requirements for inclusion in the class?
All students must be deep end safe, able to follow verbal directions, and must be able to work in a group class. For those students who require private lessons, please check out the private adaptive classes available at Splash La Mirada and the Fullerton YMCA.
My child has already played water polo, does he/she need to start in Polo Buddies?
All of our students start in the Polo Buddies classes, even those with prior water polo experience. There are many reasons why we do this and we'll highlight two here.
The first reason is that we are introducing our students to our program and how they are expected to treat their coaches and their fellow teammates. This process starts in Polo Buddies and students are not moved up unless they show the proper practice habits and respect that we require. The character of the students in our club is very important to us and this maintains the high standard that we have for our kids. Our video on 'How to Be a Good Teammate' will give you an idea of what we teach.
The second reason is that we may need to correct and improve swim technique, eggbeater, or bad habits. All of this is best done in Polo Buddies. For example, we've had students from other programs who pick the ball up on top or squeeze the ball excessively and those habits can be extremely detrimental to the development of a young player. We fix those in Polo Buddies.
We're not trying to hold anyone back and we have an interest in getting kids up to our club program as quickly as possible. This process has shown great results if the students forget about the level and just come to practice ready to learn, work hard, and have fun.