How our lessons work
Swim lessons address safety issues in a structured manner, teaching children first to be unafraid of water and get their faces wet by blowing bubbles and doing "elevators". Preschoolers are taught body buoyancy by wearing "Swim Trainers" which help their balance and core muscles in the water. The primary goal is to teach them how to become more confident in the water so other skills are learned more effortlessly. School aged children may or may not use the "Swim Trainers" depending on their ability, however, their primary learning after submersion is to help build strength and confidence as well so their other skills are also learned more effortlessly. The repetition used in organized swim lessons triggers the same neurological result again and again and results in learning. The process is especially effective for small children.
The use of movement along with explanations and demonstrations by the teacher reinforces learning the movement. A progressive program of skills such as that used by the Red Cross Learn to Swim Program, that our program uses, builds simple skills, one upon the other until the child is able to put together breathing and movement into a swim stroke. Simple strokes like the dog paddle and elementary backstroke give way to the more powerful and efficient breaststroke, backstroke and freestyle stroke. By building from simple to complex and using repetition, swim lessons educate while minimizing stress.Lesson Guide