How long will it take for my infant/toddler learn water safety skills?
Each child’s progression differs based on age, comfort level, practice time and coordination. There is no set amount of time that it will take to learn water safety skills. Instructors teach in a gentle manner and focus on your baby not only learning the skills but enjoying the process through fun songs and activities. The average amount of time is 4 to 6 weeks.
Swimming Skills we teach infants/toddlers:
- How to enter and exit the pool
- Blowing bubbles through mouth and nose
- Submersion under water
- Kicking on stomach and back
- "Monkey Crawl" holding the side of pool wall
- Reach for the side of the pool after submersion
- Enter from pool edge, turn around to grab wall
- Rescue float and call for help
- Climbing out of the pool
Infant Swim Programs
Here at SSFC we believe drowning’s are 100% preventable. Supervision is key when children are around any body of water. Our infant swim lessons work towards teaching your child water safety survival skills, but should never be a replacement for adult supervision. We use a gentle, fun loving approach to help your swimmer feel safe and comfortable in the water as they learn lifesaving skills. Our infant programs are meant for swimmers under the age of three.
SSFC offers two infant swim programs:
A parent tot/parent participation program; group class with several families.
A private swim lesson program; infant work one- on- one with an instructor.
Parent Tot Program:
Our Parent Tot Program, for children 6 months to 3 years old, will progress your baby from learning to be comfortable in the water to advanced water safety skills such as; floating, kicking and rolling onto their back after falling into the water. An instructor will work alongside you and your swimmer to guide your child through the various safety skills. Practice and repetition are key to your child's progress, it's important to remember, each child is unique and will advance at their own pace. These classes are a great way to bond with your child, you'll sing songs, play games and share in memorable moments.
Our Parent Tot Program runs from May to September at 11:00am or 6:00pm, Monday through Thursday for two consecutive weeks. Classes are 25 minutes long.
Cost: $69.00/2 week session.
Private Swim Lessons:
Our Infant Private Lessons offer one-on-one attention for your little swimmer. The instructor will work with your child on skills such as; floating, kicking, blowing bubbles, rolling on to their back, and holding onto the wall. Each lesson is 20-minutes long. Repetition is important when teaching infants to swim; as with learning any new skill, sitting up, crawling, walking... Practicing a little each day or every few days helps to build a strong foundation for these new skills.
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