WHAT WILL MY CHILD LEARN IN BASIC TRAINING?
Infants 6-12 months
- Learn to swim and roll to a float
- Floating helps them to relax and breathe
- Every child is different and tend to learn at different paces; some may also learn to kick themselves a short distance especially towards a target (i.e. step, wall, parent, etc).
Toddlers and Older children, ages 12 months to 4 years
- Learn the swim-float-swim sequence
- Swim until needing to breathe, roll to back for a short time to rest,
then roll onto front to continue swimming.
The pattern repeats until the destination is reached.
Children 3 1/2 and older
- May learn stroke work along with the swim-float-swim sequence
- Strokes are completely developmental; NOT all children will get the hang of it in this shorter time frame.
Why Does This Program Seem to Cost More than Other Swim Programs?
Your child will be receiving one-on-one, individualized swim lessons with the same instructor 3-4 days per week.
If your child enrolls in a program that offers a 30-45 minute class with more than 3-4 children in the same group, your child will only receive approximately 10 minutes of one on one instruction about 1-2 days per week.
Why an Individual "Private", 1-on-1 Lesson?1518
The individualized lessons allow the instructor to maintain focus on your child at every lesson.
This allows your child to retain more information. At the end of 4-5 weeks, your child will be a step
above the rest. In other programs, it may take children several months or years to learn similar skills.
Why Are Lessons Only 15 Minutes?
To begin, 10-15 minutes is the average attention span for a young child. If the child is older and more developed,
a short playtime may be allowed at the end of lessons. Repetition is the Key to your child learning the necessary skills.
During the lesson, your child will be swimming non-stop, which means they will also get tired more quickly.
Depending on your child's developmental milestones, you can expect him/her to swim-float-swim fully clothed
at the end of 4 - 5 weeks .
Tips & Advice Before Starting Lessons
Follow the Feeding Guidelines
If a child vomits in the pool, there may be a $100 fee assessed to the family, per Celebration Town Hall.
What Should I Bring to Lessons?
Please bring at least 1 or 2 towels and a change of clothes.
Arrival Time Before Lessons
Please arrive at least 10 minutes before your scheduled time slot to get your child ready.
They will feel stressed DURING lessons if you rush them.
Use the Restroom Before Lessons
If your child is being potty trained or is newly potty trained, let us know; we will watch for bathroom cues.
Children that are NOT potty trained should wear a snug reusable swim diaper.
Children are smart, and they soon realize how to get a break from swimming - crying, use of restroom, etc.
Please be sure your child has tried to use the restroom before the lesson begins.
What If My Child Cries?
Encourage them to do their best.
Do not try to negotiate with them during lessons.
Occasionally children will cry during their initial lessons or when they first get in the water.
This is their first reaction because of the hard work associated with the lessons.
Please do not be alarmed by this; they do not usually have any other way of communicating.
They associate their swim instructors with hard work, and some will cry every time they come.
Do not be embarrassed.
Try talking to them before coming.
Most times, once your child realizes that they have mastered a skill, they become comfortable and happy.
A few tears means they are working hard and are possibly upset because they can't be in control
of their swimming ... yet.
As a parent on the sidelines, it's important for you to be excited for them.
After Lessons ....
If possible, stay for 10+ minutes and allow your child to lay on his/her side on a towel. When your child's
lesson is done for the day they are tired; laying on a towel helps them to relax before getting changed.
TIP! This is most likely one of the first times your child is being taught something they can't "practice" all the time.
Don't show them (if) you are stressed by their crying. You may want to step out of their eyesight.
TIP! Clap & cheer for them when they achieve a new skill! This is HUGE!
Got Sensory Issues?
Encourage them at home to "float" in an inch or two of bath water to "feel" the water on their ears.
Disclaimer: never leave your child unattended.
Slowly run water over their face in the bathtub.
Has Your Child Ever Worn a Flotation Device ... ever?
Okay parents, here's the deal: We can tell when your child has used a float, arm bands, chest devices, noodles, etc.
So WHY do we ask parents this question?
This is the first step to going beyond wearing a device... Parents need to realize that the hard work children endure during swim lessons is actually trying to "undo" all of the bad habits created by flotation devices. So please be honest with us, and we can better advice you on how to help your child if you're swimming together at home.
REMEMBER - All of their hard work will pay off soon! Show them that you are proud of them.
P.S. -Just signing your child up is a huge step for you as parents, so congratulations!
TIP! Please do not start your child in this programunless you fully intend on completing it.
If you terminate your child's lessons early & do not finish Basic Training, your child will remember
his/her lack of self-confidence around and possibly become more fearful of water.
Please set your children up for success.
If you enroll, please follow through and finish. Do not quit early.
Please make sure this is the right program for you and your child before you register.
What if my child misses a lesson?
Consistency regarding attendance is an important part of these lessons.
Make up lessons will be made available as time permits.
If you know your family is going to be out of town for an extended period of time, please plan accordingly;
perhaps consider starting your lessons after you return.
If you know your child will be unable to attend at their scheduled time, 12 hours notice is ASKED.
If you would like another time slot on that day, we will do our best to accommodate.
RAIN, RAIN, GO AWAY!!!
If lessons are cancelled due to weather (thunder, lightning, cold), the instructor will contact parents to
cancel & reschedule. Please note that rain is not a reason for cancelling or missing a lesson, but thunder
and lightning are. The weather changes by the minute, especially in the summer.
During your child's last week of Basic Training lessons, your child will perform the self-rescue skills fully clothed,
as if they fell in the water in an accident situation. Parents can choose to OPT OUT of swim tests if they prefer.
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER BASIC TRAINING?
It is strongly encouraged that your child attends Maintenance lessons 1-2 times per week to retain and build
upon their skills. Thus, they will continue to sharpen and refine their skills as they grow!
If your child is old enough, group stroke lessons may be the next step.
For children under 2, it is especially important that they continue to attend lessons a MINIMUM of one time
per week, as they will outgrow their skills much faster than an older child might.
Floating practice is essential.
Your child grows so rapidly during the first few years their center of gravity will shift, which will affect his/her ability to float comfortably.
If you choose to take time off (several months), we strongly encourage REFRESHER lessons.