The first lesson is about establishing a foundation of trust between the student and child. New environments can be overwhelming to children, so Floaties Infant Instructors are specifically trained on how to reduce anxiety and fear. Toys, games and lots of smiles all help show babies how fun the pool can be. Teachers do not submerge infants on the first day of class, but work to help reinforce their dive reflex by a series of drills and games.
Every child is born with a dive reflex, which help prevents water from entering your child’s throat. Infant instructors are trained through a series of cues and drills to help the baby associate when to hold their breath with submersions.
If it is your child’s first formal swim lesson and he is under the age of 2, we ask that you be prepared to get in the water. Parents are required to be in the water until their child is 18 months old, or by special permission of the instructor based on the child’s readiness.
Yes. Swimming is not only defined as being able to perform the 4 major strokes, but to simply propel through the water. Infants can learn breath control, balance and safely move through the water short distances. Our Infant instructors are trained to help infants learn these skills in a fun and nurturing environment.
Many variables make this question difficult to answer as every child learns at their own rate. Consistent attendance and practice opportunities, physical and emotional readiness, and motor development all influence the rate of learning.
No. As a “learn to swim” program, the philosophy at Floaties Swim School is a “child centered” one, rooted in building trust and rapport first with the child. The instructor considers all aspects of the child’s emotional and physical well-being when designing their lesson plan. Floaties includes back floating, roll over breathing and “swim-float-swim” into its curriculum, but does so at a less strenuous and “ goal-centered” approach that can be seen in many survival swimming programs.