Our Swimming Technique
Lessons for Your Baby
It’s a terrifying thing to think about – your baby falling into the water. According to the NDPA, CPSC & CDC, fatal drowning is still a leading cause of death for children under the age of 5 and the second-leading cause of unintentional injury-related death (behind motor vehicle accidents) for children between the ages of 1 and 14.
With statistics like that, it’s no wonder parents are searching for anyway to protect their infants and babies from drowning. Parents are wondering what method or lesson type is best for their infant or baby.
Many parents have seen the viral videos on Facebook or on the news of an infant falling into a pool and turning and floating on their back. Wow did you see that? But are these survival type swim lesson programs the best way for your child? These videos only show you the end result not what it took or what happened to get there.
While this method can work, Saf-T-Swim prefers a gentler more nurturing way for your child to learn. See Why Below!
Saf-T-Swim Child Centered Learning Swim Lessons
As a proud member of the United States Swim School Association, our baby swim lessons are based on a child centered learning environment. Our classes are taught at the child’s own pace, with emotional, physical, cognitive, and psychological development taken into account. Our teachers will hold, nurture and love the babies, all done while building a trusting relationship. Our lessons are designed to take advantage of a baby’s natural born water instincts, (keep in mind that an infant or baby’s first 9 months are spent in a liquid environment when in the womb). We teach children the five essential swimming skills every child should know, which are: buoyancy, arm/leg motion, breath control, body positioning, and one of the most important, flotation! All skills are taught alongside learning to love but respect the water.
The 1st and most crucial thing we teach is our pop-in method which focuses immediately on an infant or toddler learning how to, if they fell in, to hold their breath, turn and kick face down back to and reach for the wall.
We will work on introducing your baby to getting his/her ears wet, and to float on his/her back as soon as possible. We strive to teach children at their own pace, with the goal of them turning onto their backs and floating on their own. All of this is to either save them in an emergency situation, or to buy valuable seconds or minutes until help arrives, should an incident occur.
For more tips on water safety or reducing the risk of childhood drowning, visit our drowning prevention program End Drowning Now at www.enddrowningnow.org and follow us on Facebook.