The intent of our program is survival and safety for young children in and around the water. We want your children to have skills that if they were to fall in or have an accident around the water they could handle themselves, yet at the same time they are learning really good swimming skills.
Our goal is to help your children swim through the water as well as they can for their age. Good head and body positioning is so important. When they are looking down while swimming, the feet will stay on top of the water. If they pop their head up to breath or to see, their feet will sink and swimming will become a struggle. Rather than have them lift their head up, we teach them to roll to their back. This is the safety skill. The stroke consists of swimming-floating-swimming until they can get to the pool edge or a safer place.
Infants under 1 year: We concentrate on the float as their safety place - swimming and rolling to their back.
For older children ages 1-6 years: The motion of rolling to their back is the same motion as side breathing. Once they have developed the swim float method, the transition into stroke work is so much easier.
The lessons are 10 minutes long. The theory behind this is "short amounts of time, but often." They progress very quickly because of this method of teaching. Most children tend to have small attention spans, this small amount of time enables us to keep them right at the peak of their learning. We work them hard, get them out, come back the next day and do it again. We swim 4 days a week, M-T-W-TH and require 3 weeks of lessons for new students, with the option for 1 more additional week.