Yes! You may start your child in our Infant/Toddler classes as early as 6 months old. Earlier is better because infants are more comfortable and accepting of water. Infants don’t mind getting water in the ears or their eyes and they are comfortable laying on their backs. If you wait to start lessons at a latter age we have found that once a toddler learns to crawl they do not want to lay on their backs in back float position. Once a toddler learns to drink out of a cup, they are more likely to drink pool water during lessons. Once a toddler develops separation anxiety, they will be less tolerant of having someone other than a parent teach them. Starting lessons as an infant makes the transition to toddler easier.
The goal of the Infant/Toddler class is to teach basic swimming skills:
- Blowing bubbles
- Humpty Dumpty (Safety Skill)
- Big Arms (Crawl Stroke Arms)
- Kicking (Crawl Stroke Legs)
- Back Floats (Head Back Tummy Up)
- Going Under Water
A child cannot learn to swim until they are comfortable putting their head down and face in the water. Young children simply do not have the upper body strength to swim with their head out of the water. As such, it is very important to help your child become "comfortable" putting their face in the water and blowing bubbles. It is the first step in learning to swim.
By age 3 most children that have completed the Infant/Toddler classes are ready for private lessons.
By age 3 they have the strength and coordination to swim real strokes. Those 3 year olds that have mastered the skills listed above will have the strength and coordination to finally put those skills together and will be swimming!