Teaching your child how to swim is an investment in time and resources. Yet it is one of the most important life skills anyone can learn.
Did you know that skills like getting out of the water, blowing bubbles, and floating set the foundation for safe water habits? Swimming lessons not only teach our little ones how to swim but also teaches them how to build safe water habits that will last a lifetime.
There are so many skills our swimmers practice in one lesson. At Teach America To Swim, we want our swimmers and their families to get the most out of swim lessons! Check out these top three tips you can do as a parent to make the most out of swim lessons and support your little one through their learning process!
Attend Every Lesson
Attending each lesson ensures that your swimmers are learning all skills in a logical sequence. Missing a class can sometimes be confusing for swimmers as they may miss a step in the progression.
We understand that our swimmers get sick and sometimes important family events cannot be rescheduled. If this happens, don't worry! We got you! We offer one make-up class per session with six or more lessons.
Check-in with your Instructor!
Your swim instructors are here to support your swimmer in learning safe water skills and habits. Learning water safety is a collaborative effort between instructors and families! Checking in with your instructor gives you as a parent insight into your swimmer's progress and how you can support them at home. There are two essential times to check in with your swim instructor:
Question to ask at the end of a lesson:
Questions to ask at the end of the session:
Model safe water habits & talk to your swimmer about lessons!
As a parent, you are your swimmer's first teacher. Remember that your swimmer learns what to do and what not to do by copying your behavior. When near the water with your swimmer, remember to model safe water habits.
Whether you are at the water or spending time at home, talking about the water and safe water habits is also essential. Opening the conversation about water safety allows your little one to ask questions and understand more about staying safe around water. Unsure of where to start? We can help! There is still time to enroll in our Spring Learn-To-Swim Program!
All of our instructors believe that a parent is their child's first teacher and are an essential part of the learn-to-swim process. We want all of our families to have the tools to support their little swimmers during swim lessons and at home!
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We can't wait to support you and your swimmers in building safe water habits!
When someone mentions swimming, what's the first thing that comes to mind?
For me, it's SUMMER! I think of beautifully warm weather with the sun shining high in the sky, building sandcastles on the beach with my little one, and running in and out of the water to cool off.
Although summer first comes to mind, summer is not the only time of year our little ones are exposed to water. We live on a planet where 71% of our earth is made up of water. Our children experience water every day in and around our homes.
As parents, if we are always teaching our little ones about the things they encounter daily, why are most children only learning about the water during the spring/summertime? Why not continue learning about the water all year long through year-round learn-to-swim programs?
There are so many benefits to children taking swim lessons year-round! Check out our top three reasons we believe it's essential for children to participate in swimming and water safety activities all year long!
1. Use it or lose it!
Regression Is Real! When a skill isn't used frequently or has not yet become a habit, we naturally tend to forget some aspects or all of that skills. With children who tend to take swim lessons one season a year, instructors often notice that they forget some of the previous skills they have previously mastered.
The benefit of swimming lessons year-round is that swimmers consistently build their skills without experiencing the frustration of regression. Swimmers work with instructors to continuously refine their skills to ensure that they enjoy the water safely!
2. Practice Makes Permanent!
Has someone ever told you "practice makes perfect"? Our philosophy is a little different - We believe that practice makes permanent! At Teach America To Swim, we think it's important to build safe water habits that will last a lifetime! The best way to build these habits is through consistent practice with a trained instructor providing feedback. Although we strongly encourage all swimmers to practice their strokes outside of lessons, we know that frequent training without a certified instructor could lead to poor technique and unsafe water habits.
The benefit of swimming lessons year-round is that swimmers consistently get specific, intentional instruction and feedback to help build and refine their swimming skills while establishing safe water habits.
3. Building Good Habits & Lifeskills
There are so many life skills that children learn during swim lessons and water safety skills. Children who tend to participate in swim lessons have opportunities to:
The benefit of swimming lessons year-round is that swimmers have more opportunities to build relationships, use everyday life skills in a supported environment, and exercise! Who knows, maybe your little one could be the next Olympic swimmer!
There are so many benefits to participating in swim lessons year-round. Spring is almost upon us, and then it's soon to be summer! Let's start building safe water habits with your little one!
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