From 6 months to walking age:
- A baby will learn breath control (take a breath before submerging in the water).
- They will learn how to roll over to a floating posture from any position they would find themselves in the water.
- The baby will learn how to stay in a floating and breathing posture until help arrives.
- All the above is also taught in full winter clothing, nappy and shoes.
From walking age (around 12 months)
- A child is taught breath control (take a breath before submerging in the water).
- How to open eyes under the water so that they can look to where safety is.
- How to reach up, grab and turn for the side.
- How to swim (dog paddle) to the side if they are further than arms reach away.
- How to roll over to float and breath.
- How to combine swimming and floating if getting to the side is not obtainable in one breath of swimming.
- How to stay in a floating and breathing posture if getting to safety is not an option.
- All the above is also taught in full winter clothing, nappy (if not toilet trained) and shoes.
What should I do when my child is finished?
Keep in mind that swimming improves swimming.
Therefore the more that your child swims the better they will be.
With this in mind we have the following options:
- Take your child in the pool as much as possible make swimming fun and encourage them to swim. At the end of the program we recommend that parents get in the pool with their instructor and get shown what to do when swimming with your child.
- Bring them to us on a regular basis (recommend at least once a week) for what we call Transitional Lessons.
- If you have any issues with your child’s swimming we also offer Refresher Lessons for people that have not had their children in the water very often.
- For children that are old enough normally four and a half to five we recommend Stroke Lessons.