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What your child needs for lessons:
Each day you come for lessons you should pack three towels, two pairs of plastic pants and your BUDS sheet. I will not be able to swim your child if you forget any of these items.
Registration: Each parent must submit a registration on-line prior to starting swim lessons. The registration is $105.00 per child. This allows our Registration Evaluation Team to screen each students' medical history prior to the first day of lessons. Certain medical conditions will require approval and may require a release from your doctor. During lessons, students are closely monitored for temperature fatigue, physical fatigue and general well-being. To provide a safe lesson, you will complete a daily log of your child's bowel, urine, diet and sleep habits (BUDS). Students will not be allowed to swim without a full and proper BUDS sheet and appropriate registration and any necessary clearances.
All lessons are taught one-on-one. Lessons are available for children ages 6 months to about 6 years. Students attend short private lessons five days a week. This helps provide a very safe lesson and is key to the retention of skills. Students can start any time (typically on a Monday) and the parent or caretaker watches poolside.
Roll back to Float: This is a basic survival skill for students who are crawling (generally 6-8 months) through about 11 months He or she will be taught to rotate from a face-down position in the water to a back float. The baby will be taught to rest and breathe on his or her back until help arrives. A child who enrolls in this program as an infant will learn the correct posture for swimming early which will facilitate learning at the next level. You can expect that the typical infant will attend 5 lessons per week for an average of 3-4 weeks to attain these skills.
Swim-Float-Swim: A child who is walking or very close to walking (usually anytime after 11 months to about 6 years) will learn a swim-float-swim sequence. He or she will be taught to swim face down using arms and legs (similar to a freestyle stroke); roll on his or her back to float, rest and breathe when he or she needs air; and then flip over onto his or her stomach to continue swimming until he or she reaches a point of safety. This swim-float-swim sequence can be repeated as many times as is necessary to reach safety. This skill set can be achieved with 5 lessons per week in about 4-6 weeks.
After accomplishing these skills in a bathing suit, children will then practice their skills in summer clothing and then progress onto winter clothing. This additional work is critical to survival swimming because most children who accidentally fall into the water do so while fully clothed.
Refresher/Maintenance Lessons: Due to the tremendous physical and emotional changes of infants and young children, follow-up refresher lessons are recommended at least every 6 months until the age of 4 when the growth rate begins to slow down. This serves to reinforce learned and stabilized skills for maximum retention. You may also wish to schedule periodic maintenance.
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