What age is best to start lessons?

As soon as possible! Especially if you (or your neighbors, friends or family members) have a backyard pool or live near water, we recommend starting survival swim lessons as soon as soon as your baby can crawl. Babies who learn at an early age are safer in and around the water and tend to enjoy water activities throughout their lives.

That being said, we also believe it is never too late to begin lessons either. Toddlers, preschoolers, and school age children all benefit from the experience of learning to swim and knowing how to rescue themselves if they fall in the water.

How quickly will my child learn how to swim?

Most students can learn to swim and float in about 20-25 private lessons! Just as each child learns to crawl, walk, ride a bike, or play a musical instrument at his or her own pace, children progress through swimming skills at their own pace too. Some will be very quick to acquire new skills, and others may take more time.

Your child may learn one skill quickly and then it may take longer to acquire another skill. Like dance, sports skills or musical skills, learning to swim is a process that is nurtured and developed over time. It is a motor skill that will improve with consistent exposure, repetition and practice. You may also notice that your child will learn some skills quickly and then be hesitant to learn anything new. Many times, once a child has accomplished a skill, they will want to practice it over and over again. We balance the acquisition of new skills with allowing your child to feel confident with his/her current ability in the water throughout the learning process.

What if my child is afraid of the water?

There are many reasons a child may be afraid of the water, and our instructors are specially trained to handle fear with empathy and encouragement. Our one-on-one lessons allows for a custom tailored lesson for a fearful child. Children who have come to us from other lessons or a bad experience in the water are usually learning skills with confidence within 2-3 lessons.

Can babies really swim?

Babies can learn to move through the water and roll onto their backs so that they can survive a fall into the water. You'll be amazed at what your baby can learn in Swim Life lessons!

What if my child cries at lessons?

Many children show some reluctance with learning to swim. Whether it water in the face, or separation from mom or dad, or experiencing the water in a new way - all can cause a little anxiety or insecurity. Our instructors understand this and use a variety of methods in introducing skills so that each child gains trust in the instructor and in the lesson process. And our weekly Parent Days help to quickly diminish any apprehension that lingers after the first few days in the water!

(There are programs that use and promote the "sink or swim" approach, and we oppose any method in which children are aggressively forced onto their backs while they are struggling, or truly distressed, or any method that forces children to perform any learn-to-swim activities while they are genuinely fearful.)