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Please read the TIPS and ADVICE before starting - many of your questions can be answered there.
During your child's program, he/she will learn to become confident and skilled in the water in 4-5 weeks. While some programs teach children to enjoy the water and use various float devices, we teach children the skills to swim and float independently, without devices, as well as how to utilize these skills when needed.
We provide a safe, effective teaching style, and we have experience that enables us to determine the most effective way to teach your child to swim. Our technique is based on the PediaSwim sequence known as "Swim-Float-Swim" – a common-sense approach that builds awareness, safety, and confidence. Part of the process is teaching the child to be self-reliant in an aquatic environment.
We realize that this will be both a time and financial investment, and you will see the return on your investment in just a few short days. Please remember that the earlier a child is exposed to water safety, the more fun it can be, and therefore the better for everyone!
We offer 4 different types of lessons. Please read below and click on the links for more information.
BASIC TRAINING - SURVIVAL SWIM LESSONS:
Our most sought-after training - children will learn necessary swim skills to self-rescue if they fall in water.
4 days per week for 4 weeks (Mon-Fri)
16 Lessons over 4 -5 weeks (240 minutes)
15-minute swim lesson
Children should attend 4 days per week Monday-Friday, for 4 weeks, or until child has shown skills proficiency and completes his/her final Clothing Swim Test successfully (generally 16 to 20 lessons total).
Please NOTE: Some children may take 5 weeks for Basic Training due to where they are developmentally, weather cancellations, and frequency of lessons. Lessons extending beyond 5 weeks will be charged a $20 per lesson fee.
INTRODUCTION to SURVIVAL SWIM LESSONS:
Children will be introduced to survival swimming and floating.
2 days per week (Mon-Fri)
8 lessons over 4 weeks
$15 per lesson
Given a shorter time frame, a swim test and clothing test will not be conducted, as children will not be expected to be proficient at self-rescue survival techniques in 8 lessons. Children WILL become more familiar with floating and kicking, as well as the safe areas in and around water.
Returning students or students from other "survival" programs.
4 to 8 lessons over 1-2 weeks encouraged
$15 per lesson
Children can take two weeks of survival lessons to practice proper swim and float techniques.
Basic Training graduates only -- to maintain and build upon current skills.
$15 per lesson
Swimming skill retention doesn't end when survival lessons end. Please make sure you help your child to maintain his/her skills by continuing with a minimum of 1 to 2 Maintenance lessons per week after Basic Training/Refresher Lessons in order to maintain and build upon current skills. NOTE: Children will be encouraged to join the Celebration Cyclones when developmentally ready.
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.
- Developmentally, they are only capable of learning to rotate and float.
** 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 a breath, roll to back to rest, then roll onto front to continue swimming.
The pattern is repeated until a safe destination is reached..
Children 3 1/2 and older
- May learn stroke work along with the swim-float-swim sequence.
- This is completely developmental; NOT all children incorporate strokes at the same age.
YES! During your child's last week of Basic Training lessons, we will do a "clothes check" swim test.
We will have your child performing their skills fully clothed to mimic a fall into water.