Survival lessons for infants can begin as early as 4 months old. At this age we will introduce them to the basics of survival swimming. There are two different approaches to infant lessons; your goals for your child will determine how often we need to see them in the pool.
If you want your infant to be water safe at this age (rolling to their back and floating independently) we recommend 3-5 lessons a week for about 3 months. After that we will slowly taper the number of lessons each week to ensure they are retaining and maintaining their survival skills.
If you just want your infant to be comfortable in the water and plan to focus on survival skills later, you will not need to come as often. We recommend 1-2 lessons a week until you are ready to begin focusing on those survival skills. At that point, we will increase your lesson frequency to 3-5 times a week.
During lessons it is common for your infant to cry. Starting on day one we will build a bond with your child. The more consistent you are, the more progress you will see.
For our toddler age group we jump right into the fundamentals of survival swimming. We teach them swimming on their stomachs, rolling from front-to-back, floating, jumping, and retrieving rings! While teaching these skills, we will also work on building confidence, learning respect for their personal limits in the water, and establishing safe practices. For the best results we recommend scheduling your child 3-5 lessons a week for 2-3 months. Most toddlers need 30-40 lessons to master these skills. If you are unable to come that often, it's okay! Your child will progress a little slower through the program but will still achieve the same results. Remember consistency is key!
Once your child has mastered their fundamental survival skills, we begin building on each skill in what we call the progressive lesson plan. In this phase of their lessons we will take those fundamental skills and teach your child how to use them in real-life situations. It's all about decision making in the pool! That way they are able to navigate through the water independently and safely. Toddlers will stay in this level of their lesson plan until they are old enough to begin learning strokes.
Maintenance Programs: You never want to stop lessons all together. In order for toddlers to maintain these skills, they need to continue to practice them. Once you are happy with where your child is at in their lessons we recommend scheduling 1-4 lessons a month. This is something you can talk to your instructor about to get more of a custom plan put in place for your child's individual needs.
Each child that begins lessons with us will always be taught survival skills and then progress through the program based on their individual needs. If your child is brand new to lessons or has experience in the water, we will start with survival swimming, progressive or navigational swimming, and then move into stroke work. Every child is unique in how they learn, so during their first lesson, the instructor will evaluate what level they are at and what your child will need in order to accomplish the goals we have for them. We recommend 2-4 lessons a week for this age. The more we see your child in the pool the faster they will progress through the program.
Maintenance Programs: We usually tell clients when they are pleased with how their child is swimming then it's time to cut back on how often we see them to make sure they are retaining their skills. We recommend scheduling 1-4 lessons a month. This is something you can talk to your instructor about to get more of a custom plan put in place for your child's individual needs.
Teens & Adults
At this age your lessons are very customizable. Some teens and adults want to learn the basics of swimming and others want to refine the strokes. What ever your goals are we can help! We do recommend booking a double lesson (40 minutes) to allow enough time to really focus on your wants and needs in the pool.