About Us

OUR MISSION IS TO PROVIDE QUALITY SWIM LESSONS IN A SAFE AND FUN ENVIRONMENT, TAUGHT BY CARING AND ENTHUSIASTIC TEACHERS. WHILE THE CHILDREN ARE LEARNING THEY ARE ALSO GAINING RESPECT AND LOVE FOR THE WATER.

Why we are different?

Little Otter Swim School provides Charlotte families with an alternative to “typical” swim lessons. We proudly provide year-round, small group instruction in our warm indoor swimming pool where parents can watch their children’s progress from the comfortable viewing gallery.

Our instructors are experienced caring professionals who have a passion for teaching swimming and water safety. Our state of the art pool sanitation system lets your child swim in a sparkling-clean pool without the chlorine effects of red eyes, itchy skin, green hair or sensitivity to chlorine in the air. We teach children in a manner that is respectful of their physical, social, emotional and cognitive development.

1) Safety – Children must be able to trust their teacher before they can learn. Demonstrate behaviors that show children that you will always keep them safe and protected.

2) Love – Children must feel important and cared about before they can trust. Demonstrate behaviors that show children that you care about them.

3) Fun – Children learn through play. Play is important work for children. Keep the lessons fun, challenging and creative!

4) Love of Learning – Children who develop a love of learning have a skill that will be valuable throughout life. Provide an opportunity for children to experience and witness the excitement of accepting challenges, the thrill of overcoming obstacles, and the adventure of learning a new skill!

5) Developmentally Appropriate – Children learn best when they are taught in ways that are sensitive to their stage of development. All lessons are to be designed and taught according to what is socially, emotionally, physically and cognitively appropriate for each particular age group.

“We love little otter”

Customer testimonial

“My daughter was extremely fearful in the beginning, but Mr. Keith was supportive, calm, and comforting. Mr. Keith—thank you for your patience. Norah is now running into Little Otter to start her class.”

Amy Machold

Our School in the news

Defining the Instructor’s Role

According to the great insights from Maria Montessori, the main role of the teacher is to prepare the classroom and provide a sense of order, encourage independence, and free the child to test his/her abilities (within limits). In Montessori’s theory, the child chooses what tools to use and how to interact with the environment. The…

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