children in this age group learn:
- Proper breath control before, during, and after submersions
- Independent swimming for 3-5 seconds in the proper horizontal position with face and eyes in the water
- Rolling onto the back to rest and breathe
- Flipping over when ready to swim again
- Continuing the Swim-Float-Swim sequence until they can reach an exit (wall, ladder, steps, bank, etc.)
- Maintaining an independent and stable float for at least 1 minute (often longer)
- Competently performing the check out procedures in a bathing suit AND clothing
Students swim 4 days a week (M-Th) and it usually takes 6-8 weeks for a normally developing child to learn these skills. Some children may finish sooner and some may take longer. Each child will swim until deemed competent by the instructor.
86% of drownings happen when the child is fully clothed. We do not want an emergency to be the first time that your child experiences the changes that clothing brings to the skills. Therefore, during lessons, your child will practice these life-saving skills in clothing to allow the instructor to teach, re-teach and/or troubleshoot any difficulties in performing the skills.