Diventures Review: A Private Swim Lesson and Tour

When I saw a new Diventures building pop up near my daily commute, I was intrigued about what they have to offer. Soon after, I had the opportunity to enroll my son in a private swim lesson, and I jumped at the chance to get answers to my questions and see what Diventures is all about. Looking for an introductory lesson for your little ones? Diventures offers a FREE swim lesson so that they can assess each child’s skill level and ensure that they’re placed in the correct class.

Diventures North Liberty exterior

The Facility

With a brand new building, Diventures offers an impeccably clean pool, family-friendly changing rooms, and an easily-navigable space. The atmosphere is warm and welcoming, with colorful tropical decor and a large fish tank that caught the eye of my four-year-old right off the bat. There is a retail area for all kinds of swim gear, safety equipment, and water accessories galore.

We followed the school of fish hanging from the ceiling that led us into the pool area, where we were greeted by delightfully warm air and a beautiful indoor pool heated to 88 degrees.

Diventures North Liberty pool area

The Lesson

My son is four years old and has never participated in swimming lessons before. The swim instructor cheerfully greeted my son and put him at ease immediately, and the two of them jumped right in–pun intended.

Using props and demonstrations, the swim teacher supported my son with clear instruction, respectful encouragement, and tons of fun and laughter. I was impressed with the instructor’s ability to quickly respond and adapt to my son’s efforts, providing developmentally appropriate support and varying levels of challenge throughout the lesson. 

Diventures private swimming lessonsCompared to the large group swim lessons that I am accustomed to, this lesson was by far more personalized, interactive, and adaptive to my son’s abilities. Furthermore, his teacher supported him emotionally, offering fun easy tasks to build confidence as well as more difficult challenges to build skills. When my son showed signs of frustration or fear, his teacher relied on my son’s favorite skill (somersaults) to help him attempt the new skill he was unsure about (swimming to the side in deep water).

At the end of the lesson, the swim teacher encouraged a moment of reflection, where he asked my son, “What did you do today that you’ve never done before?” The lesson concluded with every little boy’s favorite trick: a cannonball. 

I saw incredible growth in my son from the beginning of the lesson to the end. He left the lesson physically exhausted, and bursting with happiness and pride.

Review

Challenge and adventure are clearly values that Diventures takes seriously. The whole place is full of people with a passion for aquatics and a contagious commitment to fun. 

I can’t emphasize enough how fantastic the extra warm water (and air) is. Even in the middle of winter, you can dip your toes into the warm water with a sigh of relief–no shivering, and no extra time needed to slowly “get used to it”. Jump in and enjoy!

I wholeheartedly recommend Diventures as a place to enroll your child in swimming lessons, especially if they would benefit from more personalized, adaptive instruction.

Diventures North Liberty indoor poolOther Offerings

From water education and equipment, to full service dive travel, Diventures is a one-stop shop for all things aquatic. Whether you’re looking for scuba training, swim lessons for babies through adults, equipment sales and repair, or group and private travel, Diventures offers programs that will meet your needs.

There is a meeting room for birthday parties (some parties even offer a mermaid!), specialty aquatics classes of all kinds, and knowledgeable staff at the ready.

Diventures is truly a treasure for our community, and I enthusiastically recommend a visit to check it out!


 

Lianna is a homesteading mama of three: a sparkly seven-year-old daughter, a joyful five-year-old boy, and a confident three-year-old boy. After graduating from the University of Iowa’s college of education, she started Wondergarten Early Enrichment Home, a multi-age, play-based early childhood program. A self-proclaimed Queen Dabbler, she has a long list of hobbies (from gardening and canning to sewing and painting), and doesn’t mind being only mediocre at all of them. She lives with her husband, mother, three kiddos, dog, cat, rabbits, dwarf goats, and chickens on an acreage in the country. The Cornally family spends their time talking about education, learning how to grow and preserve their own food, and romping around in their woods.

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