How are lessons conducted?
Lessons are one-on-one, approximately 30 minutes in length where they swim for 15 minutes take a break with their caregiver and swim again for 15 minutes, 5 days per week for 2 weeks. Each lesson builds upon the previous day's lesson, so there is measurable progress everyday. You may wonder why approximately 15 minutes?! Babies who are working this hard are worn out within 15 minutes, and it's proven after 40 years of experience that this technique gives the best results. It's also a safety measure for small babies that they don't drink too much pool water.
The parent's role:
Normally the parents watch from the side of the pool. However, parents can get in the water for the first couple lessons if their baby or toddler experiences separation anxiety or is afraid of strangers. My goal is to establish trust with your child, and once this happens then they will trust themselves in the water! Also if a baby/toddler is not used to being in water, it may be helpful to take a baby swimming class a few times before taking this course.
How you teach a baby who cannot talk:
Swimming and floating are motor skills that are taught through repetitive exercise, along with gentle verbal encouragement. I will show them what I want them to do, and over a short period of time, they will learn the skills necessary to survive. Don't worry I will not throw your baby/toddler immediately into the water! I will use a variety of methods, combining the best ideas from swim schools, infant/toddler programs throughout the world. It is important to know that in the first week of lessons (or longer) most babies and toddlers cry. They may not be used to putting their face in the water and it may take them a bit of time to adjust and get used to doing this. I will be gentle and cautious with your child, and the tempo of the lesson will be dependent on the child. As I've said before every child learns differently. My goal is to make learning fun so that your child will love being in the water!
I encourage you to come watch another lesson before the course starts, to make sure this course is right for you and your child! Please contact us and let me know if you would like to do this