About the Program
What to expect
There are many schools of thought regarding swim lessons for infants and children. Some suggest fun water activities only until a child is "ready" or not crying. Your child can learn that being skilled in the water can be fun. Survival skills and fun are integrated in a well rounded aquatic education. Water acclimation, breath control, propulsion and safety are taught along side the roll-to-float. The key element of safety and survival for your child is the roll-to-float.
In this position the child can float and breath for an indefinite period of time. Infants and toddlers cannot effectively raise their heads to take a breath or tread water. If your child falls face down into water, knowing how to roll into a face up back float can save his or her life. If your baby is walking, then he or she can also learn to swim to the step or the pool edge, rolling over to breathe as necessary. Teaching a roll to float takes skill and patience, so many swim teachers and swim schools do not include it. Once children learn to roll over to float, relax and breathe whenever they need air, they can truly swim, stay afloat and conquer fear and experience the joy of swimming.
Private one on one lessons are held Monday through Thursday and are approximately 15 minutes per day.
Your child, 6 months of age to walking will learn the roll-to-float sequence in approximately 4 weeks or 16+/- lessons.
Toddlers who have just begun to walk (11-12 months) to about 17 months of age will learn swim-to-float. Sometimes this "in-between" age can learn the flip to swim out of the float, but there is a comfort level with staying in the float until prompted to swim again or get a hand.
Your child that is walking well, approximately 18 months and up will learn the swim-float-swim sequence. Swim-float-swim takes approximately 6 weeks or 24+/- lessons for a child to become skilled.. Lessons are tailored to fit the needs of the child.
When planning for trips or vacations where you will be exposed to water, plan ahead so that your child will be prepared to safely enjoy your trip too.
Early Swimming = Smarter Students
A study by the Griffith Institute shows that there is more going on with formal swimming lessons besides the joy of swimming ...
Lead researcher Professor Robyn Jorgensen reports that young children who participate in early-years swimming achieve a wide range of skills earlier than the normal population.
"Many of these skills are those that help young children into the transition into formal learning contexts such as pre-school or school."
Watch my friend Lyla, age 3 swimming laps.
Yes, your child can do this too!!!!
Beyond Swim Float Swim
Once your child has become skilled in swim float swim, it is very important that they maintain their skills. As their bodies grow their center of gravity shifts. This shift makes it hard for them to sometimes find their float. Maintenance lessons are suggested and can be as little as twice a month or as much as twice a week. If you are not able to make maintenance lessons you should schedule refresher lessons at least twice per year. These are conducted in weekly increments with cost calculated the same as your initial series of lessons.
Watch my friend Edwin swim in clothes for his final "check out" lesson!
Kathy and Blake Collingsworth are the founders of the Joshua Collingsworth Foundation, for which I am proud to volunteer. They have made a commitment to Water Safety Education and have made huge strides in reducing drowning statistics. Little Otters Swim Academy is proud to be a Float 4 Life swim school!