What survival swim skills?
- For babies it means the ability to roll over, float and breath in the water, no matter the way of entry, clothes worn, or depth of water and to do so for an indefinite amount of time.
- For anyone older than 12-15 months, it means the ability roll over, float and breath, no matter the way of entry, clothing worn, or depth of water and to do so for an indefinite amount of time. As well as to subsequently roll back over and swim (under water) until the edge is reached or until the next resting and or breathing period is needed, and to repeat this swim-float- swim sequence for as many times as necessary.
Why are such skills important?
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- In addition, the feeling of being in control of one’s body in the water gives children a huge feeling of safety, independence and self-confidence. It therefore decreases frustration and increases the joy they find in swimming and splashing in the water. This often even carries over to other parts of their lives.
- Children learn to swim and float in WEEKS, not years, so all of the above mentioned benefits apply much sooner.
Why Infant Aquatics LLC specifically?
- Instructors undergo an intensive hands-on and academic training. Instructors must pass a comprehensive test and a videotaped performance review under the company’s supervision. They also receive ongoing training and are provided a large support network for additional consultation.
- It is one of the only two companies specializing in infant and early survival swim lessons and prides itself on its focus on including the parents in the process, even as the lessons are still conducted by the instructor. Their instructors also provide a strong transition of the children’s survival skills to be able to use and practice them in many different situations and make them not only available for emergencies but also for playful interaction with parents and peers.
- You can find my own trainings testimonial in the Bulletin, as well as a shared apprentice interview on the InfantAquatics website
How does the program work for the children?
- Families are provided with a handbook on how to best prepare their child for lessons, what to bring, and logistic procedures.
- The lessons are one-on-one with the instructor, and are 10 min in length, 4 days a week for 3-6 weeks depending on age (4 weeks for up to 12-month-olds, 6 weeks for up to 4 year olds, and 3 weeks at 20 min for anyone older than 4). Because each lesson builds on the previous day’s lesson, there is measurable progress guaranteed each week.
- Swimming and floating are motor skills that can be taught through repetitive practice, gentle verbal encouragement and trial and error similar to the way a child learns to walk and do most things. According to modern behavioral science and learning theory, this is best, most humanely and efficiently done by an individual highly skilled in the techniques and by providing small successive goals to keep the experience as errorless as possible for the students. This is achieved by first teaching the skills needed to then, with only with minimal effort, be able to be successful at the next level of difficulty. Only when one skill is met confidently, will the instructor move on to the next level of difficulty. Children are never just thrown into the water, either physically or conceptually.
- Lessons are personalized to each child’s temperament and physical ability and made as fun as possible.
- Towards the end of the program families are given hands-on instruction on how to best aid the upkeep and further development of their children skills
Why does the program seem to be much more expensive than other swim schools?
- While the three to six weeks spent one-on-one with an instructor are temporarily more expensive than those same six weeks spent in a regular once a week parent/baby swim class, they however provide many more benefits as well. Not having to take weekly classes for often years to learn the same skills, if they are even ever reached, actually makes it the much more affordable option, financially and emotionally!
For further information about the program please go to www.InfantAquatics.com