At what age should my child start swim lessons?
We start our lessons at 6 months with our Bubble Babies class. Infants often adapt to the water easily and it’s best to start as early as possible. Although, it is never too late to start swimming lessons no matter the age.
How long will it take for my child to learn to swim?
Starting around age 5, most kids will need around 20-40 lessons to be able to swim 300 yards of freestyle. Our youngest swimmers will learn to hold their breath, float, and roll over to breathe. Younger swimmers need to practice these skills regularly in order to retain the skills they have learned.
What causes fear of the water?
- Being raised by parents that are afraid of the water: verbal and nonverbal fears are transferred
- Being raised in an environment that prevents childhood water play
- Being forced into aquatic activities beyond your ability or comfort level
- Being carelessly handled in aquatic situations
- Being involved in or witnessing a traumatic water accident
- Having a fear of the unknown or general fear of new experiences
How do I reduce fear of the water?
- Provide enjoyable and non-threatening aquatic experiences that are simple and fun to build confidence and success
- Arrange for regular, continued contact with aquatic environments (bath play time counts)
- Select safe aquatic environments and supervise all water play
- Treat water mishaps sympathetically, but do not alarm your child
- Be aware of facial expressions and choice of words so that you do not signal panic or fear.
- Try using goggles
- Teach your child respect for the water and water rules without implied threats or fears
- Lead by example
What if my child or I already have a fear of the water?
There’s hope! We will respect your feelings. We will progress slowly while we reassure you that the water is indeed your friend. We recommend a few private lessons before group lessons.
How many levels should I complete? Will I be “drown-proof”?
We recommend all 6 levels of the American Red Cross programs or equivalent. The skills provided at each level give students the power to have fun, get fit, and be safe in aquatic situations. There is no such thing as “drown-proof” unless you grow gills. Swimming lessons give people the tools they need to reduce their chance of water mishaps.
Are there any books I can read to my child to help them feel more comfortable in the water?
Yes! Our list of suggested reading includes:
- Clifford Takes a Swim
- Peppa Pig: Peppa Goes Swimming
- The Deep End written by Ursula Dubosarsky