The primary focus of Infant Aquatics CT is to teach your child to become a productive swimmer or floater in any depth of water. As a result of his/her instruction, your child will become a skilled survival floater or swim-float-swimmer in just w weeks, not years. These skills will greatly increase your child's chance of surviving an aquatic accident, even fully clothed! We are different because we teach each student with a gentle and encouraging approach, recognizing that each child is uniquely different. Your child may learn one skill quickly and then it may take longer to acquire another skill. This is perfectly normal for children. Like dance, sports skills or learning a musical instrument, learning to swim is a process that must be nurtured and developed over time. It is a motor skill that will improve with consistent exposure, repetition and practice. Once a child has accomplished a skill, they will want to do it again and again. S/He will feel secure, confident, and proud of their accomplishments. Rest assured that acquisition of new skills and allowing your child to feel confident with his/her ability in the water will be kept in balance throughout the learning process.
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We specialize in children ages 6 months to about 6 or 7 years old. Here is the breakdown of the skills:
IF MY CHILD IS UNDER A YEAR OLD, WHAT WILL S/HE BE ABLE TO LEARN?
Children between the ages of 6 to 12 months old are taught to roll over (from face down to face up) and maintain a float position in the event of an accidental fall into the water. Teaching your infant to float takes approximately 4 weeks (or about 16 lessons). Private 10-minute lessons are held 4 days per week, Monday through Thursday. Fully-skilled infants can maintain a float in a bathing suit or in clothing. Infant Aquatics CT highly recommends survival training when your infant can roll well from belly to back (face down to face up) on dry land. When fully skilled with the survival float, infants can move directly into a group Aquababies class with their parent and instructor.
IF MY CHILD IS OVER A YEAR OLD, WHAT WILL S/HE BE ABLE TO LEARN?
Children over the age of one year are taught to swim with their faces in the water, and when they sense the need for air, to roll over to their back and float. After resting and catching their breath, they flip over and continue to swim to the nearest point of safety. A child can perform this swim-float-swim sequence to safely reach their point of entry into the water in a survival situation. Children can also perform this sequence in their clothes. If a child does not see a way out of his predicament, he will roll over onto his back and maintain a floating position. This buys the parent time in the event of an accident. This same sequence is most often used for fun at the pool! The confidence and self-esteem of these young swimmers is truly amazing! Teaching your 12-month to 6-year old will take approximately 3-6 weeks (or about 12-24 lessons). Private 10-minute lessons are held 4 days per week, Monday through Thursday, for those children under 4 years old. Private 20-minute lessons are held 4 days per week, Monday through Thursday, for those children over 4 years old. When fully skilled with the swim-float-swim sequence, toddlers and older children can move directly into a group Aquababies or FunDay class with their instructor.