Alina has been working with my two sons, Brady age 3 1/2 and Cameron age 1 1/2 for the past 7 months. Both boys began the program completing the Survival Swim Training program and then we transitioned into small group classes to further our skills. I have to say, I am absolutely amazed at how well my kids have responded to Alina and to the program! Alina uses the proper amount of encouragement with clear cues and precise instructions that are easy for them to follow. Not only are they not fearful of the water, they possess and readily utilize the life-saving swimming skills without a thought. Alina makes the classes fun for the kids so they don't even realize they are learning how to stay safe in the water. People think I'm crazy when I tell them my 1 and 3 year olds do not require swimmies or any sort of flotation device in the water. We vacation in the Outer Banks each summer and I feel infinitely better about my children being around the water because of this program. I highly recommend to anyone who wants their children become confident, strong swimmers! --- JoeAnne Manberg (East Norwalk, CT 12/2015)
Alina has been amazing in teaching my son to swim. He started out very fearful of the water. Then within 3 days he was already doing a solid float and loving the water. We have continued with his skills after he graduated and seeing miss Alina is one of his favorite parts of the week. --- Kimberleigh Nacia DeKlyn (Norwalk, CT 12/2015)
Water safety was of utmost importance to us as I lost a niece to drowning. We were thrilled to learn about Infant Aquatics and ecstatic to have been placed with Alina. She recently moved to Connecticut to teach the course in CT and NY and we are so grateful. My water-shy 18 month old was floating by Day 3 and could complete the swim-float-swim sequence by Week 3. I am a reluctant and terrified mom who, while I wanted this for my daughter, worried incessantly through the first several lessons. Alina is a pro - she's amazing with your babies and incredible at keeping the parents calm. Recently, on a beach vacation, my toddler jumped into the pool and started swimming, then floating, to the gasp of parents holding their life-vest clad children. Everyday, while swimming, we have had parents inquire as to how our daughter learned to swim so well. The peace of mind we have is priceless and gift our child will have forever! --- Julie Dao McCormick (Greenwich, CT 2015)
We are delighted with the Infant Aquatics program, having seen the benefits of survival swim training for our three children, ages 1, 2.5, and 4. Alina demonstrates exceptional patience, experience, and knowledgeability, and she provides ample reassurance for caregivers through the [sometimes] difficult first few classes as the child acclimates to the water. She lends an effective balance of firm guidance and gentle encouragement to the process, and in a short period of time we witnessed not only progress in the basics of the survival float and swim-float-swim sequences, but also an increase in the confidence of each child in the water. I strongly encourage parents to consider making the commitment to enroll their children in the program; with three different developmental stages (baby, toddler, and preschooler) in our case, Alina has achieved remarkable results. --- Anonymous Greenwich Resident (CT, 2015)
Absolutely amazing! Alina worked with my 7 month old son and in two days he started to float. Worth every penny and the time investment. So glad we did this so we can be at ease this summer with our pool.
Excited for the group class too, now that we've graduated from our private instruction! --- Heidi Joy (Greenwich, CT 2015)
Alina is everything you could ask for in a swim instructor for your child. A mother herself of a toddler, she understands exactly the right mix of nurturing and firmness required to help these little ones learn the skills they need to survive in the water. My 3 yr old son went from a clingy, scared kid to a swimmer within 4 weeks of starting with Alina - it has been amazing to watch his confidence soar! He looks forward to lessons now! I anticipated sitting and watching lessons wracked with worry and guilt, but that never happened. Alina challenges them to learn, but they always feel safe - one of the many reasons why this method is so effective. I am a huge believer! With a baby due any day and heading into summer, I have such peace of mind knowing that my son will be safe around water! Thank you Alina! --- Debbie O'Malley (Wilton, CT 2015)
We had a wonderful experience with Alina. Over the 4 weeks that our 9 month old daughter Ella was learning infant survival skills, we saw tremendous progress thanks to her. I would highly recommend her as a knowledgable, trustworthy, professional and kind swim instructor. We appreciated her ability to easily connect with Ella while boosting Ella's skills in water safety. By the end of the 4 week session, we felt close to her and proud of our daughter's achievements. Ella now loves spending time in the water and we feel confident in her safety. --- Katherine Coughlan (Boulder, CO 2015)
Alina you were amazing to work with. You made my daughter, Zaria, feel safe and comfortable in the water. The first couple weeks were hard for both Zaria and I, but it was definitely worth it. I'm so happy that we completed these lessons! Zaria used to get upset when she was getting in the water and now she gets upset when I make her wait to get in. She is now relaxed and confident in the water and loves to show off her new skills. I am confident that she would know what to do in an emergency and these skills would save her life. One of my husband's cousins told him yesterday that swimming did a lot more for Zaria then her learning just how to swim. She said she notices a difference in her confidence and interactions with people.
Thanks, Alina! We miss you! --- Candace Sweeney-Jones (Boulder, CO 2015)
I am just writing to tell you how wonderful it was for our daughter, Kate to work with Alina. She helped Kate learn all the things she needs to survive in the water. She was great with Kate. She was patient, and kind and Kate responded well to her. We are confident that Kate has all the skills she needs after being in the Infant Aquatics program and working with Alina. Thank you for giving her all the tools she needs, and giving us the peace of mind we need to have her around the water. Infant Aquatics is simply amazing & I would highly recommend it to anyone considering teaching their child to swim. --- Jen Wergin (Boulder, CO 2015)
It really works... My baby was swimming even before crawling! --- Zachary Turk (Davis, CA 2015)