Valparaiso Women's Swimming and Diving

and The Little Vikes Swim Academy


Registration and Frequently Asked Questions for The Little Vikes Swim Academy

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Online registration will open on this page March 1, 2019

Cost per student per session is $150

**Sign up a studnet for a second session at the same time you register and recieve a reduced rate for the second class of $110 **

Early Bird Class: May 6-24

Time 3:45 to 4:35 Limited space avaliable

Session 1: June 3-21

Session 2: July 8-26


8:30 AM - 9:20AM

9:30 AM - 10:20 AM

10:30 AM - 11:20 AM

12:00 PM - 12:50 PM

1:00 PM - 1:50 PM



All registration for the summer learn to swim will take place online with our software that is hosted in a secure online environment. Please find classes below and click on "register" to be taken to the website to register for that class.  Please direct all questions to Pete Sattler at



We have worked hard to keep the tuition of our program as cost effective as possible. We are currently the only program in the area that offers 15, 50 minute lessons at $150. That breaks down to just over $10.00 per 50 minute lesson. We feel that if you compare these prices to other learn to swim programs in the area you will find them hard to beat. As such we feel that these are already discounted prices. Therefore we only offer minimal discounts as listed below.

Multi-sibling: Register 3 or more immediate family members and receive an increasing discount. Third child registered is 20%, fourth is 30%, fifth is 35% off of the regular price of $150.

Scholarship Program: Any students who qualify for the free and reduced lunch program through their respective school corporation can qualify for a discounted rate of $90 per class. Please contact Pete Sattler for more information at

Frequently Asked questions about our program

What curriculum does the Little Vikes Swim Academy follow?


We have done extensive research and tested several different programs before arriving at our current curriculum.  In the summer of 2012 we changed to using a pre-formatted curriculum designed by Swim Lessons University. This system is fundamentally based on a spiral learning model.  That means that the lessons involve a very specific stroke progression for the major swimming strokes. The spiral learning model makes use of repetition and small increments up the progression ladder for each skill. We start with a very basic set of skills and add modifications each day.  The skills are repeated each day with small changes and before you know it the student has made huge progress. The progression involves a numbering system much like major universities. The most basic level starts at 100 and the most advanced is 400 level.  There are sublevels like 101, 102, and 103 along the way.  The emphasis of the whole program is to teach the major swimming strokes. It is streamlined to teach those strokes only and has been proven to be a highly effective teaching model.

What is the Cost of the Little Vikes Swim Academy?

We have worked hard to keep the tuition of our program as cost effective as possible. We are currently the only program in the area that offers 15 lessons lasting 50 minutes at $135. That breaks down to just over $9.00 per 50 minute lesson. We feel that if you compare these prices to other learn to swim programs you will find them hard to beat. As such we feel that these are already discounted prices and offer few discounts.  

How many students can sign up for each class period?

We restrict each of the four class times during the day to 40 students with 5 that can be placed on a waiting list.

How do I know which period to sign up for? Are different levels taught at different time of the day?

We offer all levels in the swimming progression during every scheduled class time.

How do we determine which level the students will start?

On the first two days of lessons we will be taking time to figure out what level would be best for your student to start with us.  The first day we will determine a preliminary placement for your student and the second day we will be checking with a different instructor to determine if they agree with the initial placement.

How many students are placed into each group during a class time?

We hire eleven swim instructors each summer and our class sizes are restricted to 40 students each hour. One of the staff members will always be the acting lifeguard during each class time. The other ten will be actively teaching lessons.  In our first two levels (100 and 200) we keep our class sizes no greater than 4 students. For the more advanced levels class sizes may be a little larger. The 300 level classes could have up to 6 students and up to 10 students in the most advanced classes. The safety of your child is one of our primary concerns and this helped us to determine the safest and most effective group number is for an optimal learning environment.

Are there any age limits for your classes?

We accept all students age 4 and up. We have accepted students under the age of four, but only when the class numbers are small enough to accommodate. If you are interested in enrolling a three year old, please contact Pete Sattler, to discuss the special provisions that need to be agreed to in order to allow a younger student admittance to the class.

What qualifications and certifications do your instructors possess?  

Pete Sattler is the executive director of the Little Vikes swim academy.  He has been the Valparaiso High School swim coach and director of the Little Vikes Swim Academy since 1998 and has worked with every level of swimmer from fearful of the water to national qualifiers. Each of the hired instructors teaching lessons are current or former VHS Varsity team members. All instructors are required to carry a current lifeguarding, CPR, and first aid certification.  We also encourage our instructors to carry a Water Safety Instructors Certification as well. The instructors are hand picked from our men's and women's team each year at VHS.

How long has the Little Vikes Swim Academy taught lessons to students in Valparaiso?

Swim lessons have been administered at VHS for over 35 years, teaching thousands of students how to swim in that period of time. In the spring of 2012 Valparaiso Community Schools was unable to continue to subsidize the funding of our swim academy and we decided to work with them to start a new non-profit business called Valparaiso Swimming Inc. Even though the business has changed hands there have been very few changes and the transition has been almost unnoticeable to the public.  In fact the administrative structure that was in place before the program still exists today with Pete Sattler who has been with the program since 1998 still the acting executive director.

Are parents allowed to stay in the pool area during the lessons?

We do not require parents to stay in the pool area while lessons are going on.  Many of our returning parents will just drop off their student and return later. We allow parents anywhere in the pool area before classes begin, but restrict parents to the bleacher area once instruction begins until the kids get out of the pool following their class. We also ask that parents monitor if they are being a distraction for their child's learning and progression through the skills. If a parent notices that their child is spending more time focusing on the bleacher area than their instructor, it would be best to step out into the lobby area.  If you would like to view the lessons without being noticed, please ask Pete Sattler and he can guide you to a less obvious viewing area. 

What will students need to bring with them for lessons?

Most importantly students will need to bring a positive attitude and a smile.  Beyond that, a suit and a towel are needed every day.  For girls I would suggest a one piece swim suit and most boys will wear swim trunks.  If your student has graduated into level 200 goggles may be needed.  We will have some goggles that can be purchased in the pool office.  

What will a typical daily lesson plan look like?

Each class period is 50 minutes in length.  In this time the instructors will spend the first 5 minutes stretching with the kids, talking to the kids about what they will be doing that day, and getting the equipment they need for lessons.  The instructional time with review of skills and teaching new skills will last about 40 minutes and then there is a free time.  During the free time we encourage the instructors to play games working on the skills they have been working on in class. We do have an extended free time and game day on Fridays again encouraging the kids to play games that work on recently learned skills. 

Are the locker rooms available for use during the lessons?

Yes, both of the swimming locker rooms are available for use during lessons.  If you require a family locker room please ask Pete Sattler and arrangements can be made.

Where is the pool at VHS?

You can get to the pool by entering South Viking Drive and continue past the building.  You will enter the building through door 8 on the southwest side of the building.  Park in the adjacent parking lot.