What to Expect
All children no matter their age or experience will start lessons with an introduction to Coach Ashli. She will assess your child's comfort level and abilities in the water. She takes the time allow your child to get to know her and the water through sensorial play. Once a comfort level is established, Coach Ashli will begin to teach your child the age appropriate survival swim sequence ultimately giving you child the ability to save their own life.
Infants and toddlers who are not walking yet will start their lessons with learning to roll from a face down or submerged position onto their back. Once on their backs she teaches the infant how to relax and breath. While drowning prevention in the main priority, there are breaks to allow your child to splash and play. Once the roll and float are established your child will eventually learn the swimming process or the swim-float-swim sequence.
Toddlers and young children that are able to walk will learn the swim-float-swim sequence. This sequence is designed to teach your child to swim (or kick) a short distance with their face fully submerged, then roll to their back so they can rest and breath, then flip to their stomach to continue swimming safely. The goal is for your child to swim the full length of the pool! These lessons also provide time to splash, dive, and play further building your child's confidence and independence in the water. The survival swim sequence serves as a foundation for future stroke development.
Survival swim is incredible to watch. In a few short week your child will go from helpless in the water to confident capable swimmers or floaters depending on age. Every child comes to the pool with their own set of strengths and weaknesses, having a private 1 on 1 lesson allows your child's lesson to be tailored to their own abilities.