We teach in a pool that is HEATED to about 80-81 degrees to accommodate both lessons and competitive swim. Our 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.
Why Are Lessons Important?
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According to KidsHealth.org, drowning is the second leading cause of death for people between the ages of 5 and 24. By teaching your child to swim, he will not only become a stronger swimmer, but also gain valuable experience in the water. This experience greatly reduces the risk of an emergency if your child accidentally falls in an unguarded pool or gets pulled into deep water by a rip current at the beach.
According to 24 Hour Fitness, swimming is an excellent cardiovascular workout that promotes heart and lung health, improves strength and flexibility, increases stamina and even improves balance and posture. In addition, swimming is a way to prevent childhood obesity, which has been linked to juvenile diabetes, notes the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Swimming also puts less strain on joints and connective tissues than other forms of exercise.
Encouraging your child to swim can also improve his mental and emotional health. The natural buoyancy of the water is more relaxing than other types of exercise, notes 24 Hour Fitness. In addition, the CDC found that people tend to exercise for longer periods of time while swimming. Swimming can also improve overall mood, and help combat depression, notes the CDC.
Why We Are Different
Our instructors main goal is TRUST. A child cannot be taught well if they have a fear of us or a fear of the pool. We try to take the time to spend an extra few minutes working on gaining a child's trust, without disrupting an entire class. It is normal for children, especially our lowest level swimmers, to cry and/or scream and that is OK! Our trained instructors will work around that and we will not give up on trying to get through to a child. With parental support and our guidance, we pride our program on having a 100% retention rate.