Not all Swimming Lessons are created Equal.
Beginning Survival Lessons
Swim Survival Safety™ is the foundational learning block to all other swimming skills. Children 8 months and older are taught the foundational skill of turning over and floating in a sustained float position in order to breathe in case of an accidental fall in to the water. This is a basic self rescue technique.
Ages 8 months – school age
From this basic skill all other skills can be added due to the fact that the child understands there is always a “safe” place to rest if they get tired or can’t breathe. Most children can learn to turn over and float in this self rescue within the first 12-14 lessons in a beginning course. However, this is just the beginning of their journey to being a safer swimmer. After the initial turn and float, children must learn to float fully clothed and unassisted for 5 minutes; or for older children, swim 40 feet fully clothed on their backs.
Most children stay at SWIMBABES™ 10 months a year in our Ongoing Lesson Program until they have mastered all 4 strokes; many children going on to swim team as early as 5-6 years old. All children under the age of 3 are accompanied by their parent in the water on all beginning lessons.
This class is designed to familiarize parents of children ages 0-3 with the SWIMBABES™ program, as well as give important safety tips that all parents need to know with children around water. The Safety Seminar is a one hour time where we spend 1/2 hour of introduction and safety information and 1/2 hour in the water showing some things parents can do at home with their child as well give tips to work with their child to get them ready for lessons. This is an opportunity for a parent to experience the program without signing up for lessons. The Safety Seminar is offered quarterly.
Basic Water Awareness
Ages 8 months – 3 years with parent
Basic Water Awareness is a short course designed to help your 8 month-3 year old become comfortable in the water. Breath holding, basic submersion, assisted back floating and balance are emphasized. This course is required before joining a Beginning Survival Course for those who are new to SWIMBABES™ . However, families who live in situations with back yard pools, hot tubs, lakes, rivers, or ponds may opt to bypass this course with prior approval and move directly in to Beginning Survival. * Disclaimer: Basic Water Awareness will NOT teach your child water survival skills. BWA is strictly a course designed to PREPARE your child to enter beginning survival lessons. All children of this age should take survival lessons directly after completing BWA. Beginning Survival will teach your child how to turn over and float independently. **BEGINNING SURVIVAL WILL REQUIRE 2x/WEEK ATTENDANCE.
Ages 0-7 months old.
The phrase “the earlier the better” applies here. The earlier an infant is introduced to the water , the easier it is to teach them to swim. In fact, the optimal age we have found to start babies in the water is 12-16 weeks old! (yes weeks, not months!) See our SynchroBabies™ page! Babies who complete SynchroBabies™ may graduate to our Ongoing twice weekly survival lessons. * DISCLAIMER: SynchroBabies will not teach your baby survival skills in the water. SynchroBabies is strictly a program designed to prepare your baby for survival lessons. We recommend all babies enter survival who have completed SynchroBabies.
SWIMBABES™ offers “overcoming fear” a set of private lessons for older preschool children or school age children who are more than normal apprehension about learning to swim. Call for availability and pricing.
Special Needs Lessons
SWIMBABES™ has worked with a variety of Special Needs children for the last 60 plus years. Some children come to us with developmental delays, are on the Autism Spectrum or have a physical disability. We welcome all Special Needs Children in our program. Please call us to find out the best way to start your child according to his or her personal needs. Call for information.
Adult Ladies Lessons
SWIMBABES™ offers adult ladies classes on a limited basis. We offer a small setting (3 ladies) in a warm and private pool setting to learn beginning or intermediate swimming techniques. Perfect for a fearful adult. Eve classes when enough interest. Add your name to the waiting list! (sessions run $80.00 per month and will start when we have a full class ready to go.)
Ongoing Weekly Lessons
- Once your child has completed a Beginning Course and can turn over and float independently, he or she may be eligible to enter our Ongoing Weekly Lesson Program.
- Ongoing Lessons run 1-2x/week on a monthly or 3 month payment basis. (parents choose the payment option at sign up).
- Swimmers who are able to turn and float independently progress to learn their “Super Float™”: floating for a full 5 minutes fully clothed and unassisted, or for older children, swimming 40 feet fully clothed on their backs to safety.
- Lessons then continue on in progression until the swimmer is able to swim 4 strokes (back stroke, butterfly, breast stroke and freestyle). We take swimmers up to the pre competitive level.
- Children may test in to the Ongoing Lesson Program by water assessment. Call for assessment or to schedule of Ongoing Lessons.
- Ongoing Lessons Meet (February – November Season):
- Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays : 9am-1Pm ages 0-3
- Wednesdays/Thursdays: 9am-1pm ages 2 and older
- Mondays-Fridays 4pm-8pm ages 2 and older
- Saturday mornings by session only: 7-12m: (baby survival only)