Yes! Once the child is able to walk, they are taught to swim. This a critical factor in their survival skills. They will learn to swim kicking their legs, float on their back for air and to rest and then continue to swim while practicing proper breathing techniques and postural form. They will continue this sequence of swimming and floating until they can get to safety.
The majority of children who fall in the water, do so fully clothed. We want our students to have experience with such a situation. If a child has experienced the sensations of being in the water in clothing prior to an emergency situation, they are less likely to experience panic and be able to focus on the task at hand. If you have ever jumped in the water with clothes on, then you know that there is a significant difference in weight and feel with clothes as opposed to a bathing suit.
The cost of these lessons are $115 per week. First responders, military, and educators get a discount. Contact me for further details.
The reason for this is multifaceted. First, repetition and consistency are crucial elements of learning for young children. Research shows that short, more frequent lessons result in higher retention. Second, most children have fairly short attention spans and will not be able to focus on the task for longer and we want to take advantage of the best time for learning. A third reason is that, though the pool temperature is maintained at 78-88 degrees, the temperature is still lower than your child’s body temperature. Lessons are work and therefore will also be loosing body heat. Instructors check students regularly for temperature fatigue since this is an indicator of physical fatigue.
It is more beneficial for children to be taught in small recurring amounts of time. This will allow them to have a better recollection of the skills and to complete the lesson before they lose interest. The pool is kept to 78-88 degrees. However, as this is lower than body temperature, they will be loosing body heat as they are working throughout the lesson. Your child's body temperature will be monitored during the lesson since this is a sign of fatigue.
Yes. Infants and young children are fully capable of learning these swimming survival skills. It has been proven to save their lives. These skills are taught gradually over the course of the program. The pace of lessons will take into account your child's health, welfare, medical and developmental needs with the instructor making any necessary adjustments.
No. You are truly the best cheerleader your child could have. Your positive support and encouragement is invaluable to creating an effective learning environment for you child.
Crying can be a child's only form of communication. We are all nervous when we attempt a new skill. While it is hard for us to see our children upset, please remember these emotions do not mean your child is fearful or in danger. The instructor will work closely with your child to build a relationship with them and confidence within themself.
No one works well on a full stomach. Your child will be accomplishing a lot and working hard in the ten minutes of lesson time. Please do not allow your child to have anything to eat or drink for 1.5-2 hours prior to their daily lesson.
They provide the child with a false sense of security when used to play in the water. Personal flotations devices are intended for use in open water. They are not for recreational use in a swimming pool. Please inform the instructor if your child has used a floatation device at any time while participating in the program.