WHAT YOUR CHILD WILL LEARN
A baby from 6 months to 12 months will learn how to hold their breath underwater, roll onto their back and float unassisted until someone rescues them. A child over the age of 1 year will learn how to hold their breath underwater, swim head down, roll onto their back to float, rest and breathe; then roll back over to resume swimming. This is called the ISR swim-float-swim sequence and they will be able to repeat this sequence until they reach the side of the pool and crawl out. Since most drownings occur while the child is in regular clothing, all children will also learn how to perform these skills fully clothed.
Your child’s classes are 5 days a week, Monday – Friday. Each class will be approximately 10 minutes long with just one child and the Instructor in the water. Much is accomplished in a short but very intense private lesson, which will be individualized specifically to meet your child’s needs and abilities. The average time period for a baby to learn the rollback and survival float is about 4 weeks, and for a child over age one to complete the initial swim-float-swim survival skills is about 6 weeks. All children are individually skilled.
I give lessons in my home pool, which has a saline generator. This type of chlorinator is much more gentle on skin, especially for children with eczema.
Upon completion of their initial lessons, every child should take a short 1–2 week refresher course the following year. This will help the child adjust his swimming to his developing body size.