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Swim Lessons

Community pools

Children are not necessarily safe

in community swim pools.

19% drownings are in community pools

with certified lifeguards present.

Often times older children are dropped off by a parent

and picked up at a later time.

So, if you use community pools for recreational purposes, you might consider

staying with your children and supervise them.


One of the most important skills that ALL children should be taught is the back float.

They should be taught

how to get from a face down position

to their back and to rest

(allowing time to catch their breath in case they get tired) The back float IMPORTANT AT ALL AGES.

It is a child’s SAFE PLACE

in the event that they cannot make it

to the side of the pool

or are in a body of water without a side.

Unfortunately, this is not a regular part

of most swim programs

so you may have to request

that your child’s instructor include this in the lesson.

Private lesson

Although private lessons

are generally more expensive,

your child often learns more

as the class is geared towards

their individual skill level.

Your child gets all of the focus and learns much faster. Semi-private or small group lessons

can be advantageous at a certain point,

as your child’s skill level increases.

A bit of peer pressure, healthy competition,

and watching what others do, who are the same age, does wonders in moving a child forward.

Size of class

Class size varies greatly from one program to another.

If your child is in a group lesson

it is always helpful to have assistants

to help the instructor if there are six children or more. Quality of instruction has a great deal

to do with the teaching ability of the instructor.

A disadvantage to larger classes

is that there may be a lot of waiting time in the class. You may pay less for the classes,

but the actual swim time may be far less too.

An assistant, who helps is a great advantage.

Be extra attentive to the child/teacher ratio

and ensure that your child is being given

adequate supervision during lessons.

Survival Back Float

Whenever possible infants and toddlers

should first be taught survival skills

as is taught in the WALLYPOGS Swim Program,

before they are taught to play in the water.

Unfortunately, survival back float programs

are few and far between.

The focus is clearly survival as a first priority,

with play introduced after survival is learned.

Browse the web or call your local swim programs

to see if there are any instructors teaching back float

to little ones.


Enroll your child in a program

that is open to communication with instructor.

You are paying for the lessons

and as a parent have a right to discuss the lessons

in the event that you have concerns or questions.

If your feel that your child is inappropriately placed,

or if you have concerns

about the instruction methods,

take it to the director of the program.

A good program is open to making changes

when necessary.

Swim Lessons Caution

There is a point in swim lessons

where a child becomes more dangerous

than they were before they started lessons…

there can be a far greater risk of drowning

while “in the learning process”.

A child who has been fearful…

learns a little bit and then wants to

jump in and thinks they can swim.

25 % of drowning victims have had swim lessons.

Be overly cautious with a beginning swimmer.

Mommy and me classes

Most of the Infant Swim Programs are

“Mommy and Me” classes

where play and water orientation is encouraged.

It is a great bonding experience

but enter these classes with your eyes wide open.

To teach your child to “love water”,

with no survival skills,

greatly increases the risk of drowning.

We do not teach children to play

in the street for a very good reason…

it is not safe.

Should we treat water any differently?


Community Lessons

Make sure that your child is placed in a class

that is appropriate to their skill level.

A child placed in a class

that is too advanced gets left behind…

whereas a child placed in a class

that is too easy is not challenged.

Water temperature

Children respond best to instruction

when water temperature is comfortable.

A comfortable temperature is

not less than about 84 degrees

and an ideal temperature is

between 86 –92 degrees.

Watch for signs of water being too cold,

(shivering, crying, resistance from child).

The level of temperature sensitivity

will vary with each child.

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