Beginner Swim Lessons
Ages: 2-5 (approximately)
Our Beginner swim lessons capture a wide range of ability levels. Overall, they are designed to get a child to become “water-safe.” A child in a beginner class may have had some previous experience in the water (parent-and-me classes at a younger age), or they could be brand new to the water. Either way, our experienced swim instructors will work with your beginner swimmer in a way that is most productive for your child’s swimming ability.
Entry Level Beginner:
The entry level beginner has had little to no prior swimming experience. He/she may be hesitant to get in the water or may be fearful of the water. Comfort in the water is still going to be extremely important at this level. Water safety skills will start to be introduced. These skills include: blowing bubbles, putting face in the water, holding breath, proper kicking and arm motions, proper body position/floating/gliding, and climbing out of the pool. These skills will be first aided at all times by the swim instructor with a goal of gaining more confidence and competence in the water so that these skills can be completed un-aided and more advanced skills can be taught.
Middle Level Beginner:
Once a child can float independently and put his/her face in the water, the swimmer is ready to learn more sophisticated water-safety skills. Skills may be aided by a kickboard or noodle with the goal of all skills being completed un-aided. Children will be taught how to use their arms and legs to propel themselves through the water. This skill may start out as a “doggy paddle” with the goal of moving towards a more sophisticated “front crawl.” The skill of jumping in from the side of the pool and swimming back to the side will also be taught.
Once a child starts to understand the concept of using his/her arms and legs to move through the water, the swim instructor will start to introduce the important skill of breathing while swimming. Coming up for a breath while using his/her arms and legs is going to be a key element in a child truly becoming “water safe” and swimming independently.
**PLEASE NOTE: THE DESCRIPTIONS ABOVE ARE ONLY GENERAL GUIDELINES. OUR EXPERIENCED SWIM INSTRUCTORS WILL ALWAYS TAILOR YOUR SWIMMER'S CLASS TO MEET THEIR NEEDS AND GOALS. CONSULT THE HEAD ABOVE WATER OFFICE FOR MORE INFORMATION ON BEGINNER SWIM LESSONS. CLICK HERE TO CONTACT US. **