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- During basic training, your child will learn just the basic swimming and survival skills. After this is complete, your child will move right to the maintenance program at which point your child will learn how to swim faster, longer distance, gain more confidence, continue to keep their self rescue skills sharp and become an independent swimmer.
- Maintenance lessons are 1-2 times a week depending on age and the child. These lessons are $20. (See Maintenance Link on menu for scheduling)
- There is no point of putting your infant or younger child through the basic training if you are not going to continue with maintenance and yearly refreshers. This is not a one time course and your infant will know how to swim forever. Young children need continuous lessons to maintain their skills and confidence. If you swim regularly at home and learn the proper way to work with your child, it does cut back tremendously on the amount of lessons your child will need and will help them become an independent swimmer rapidly. Each new swim year, after your child has not swam for a few months they will seem scared of the water. This is because they remember what they use to be able to do but have lost the confidence to want to jump right in and pick up where they left off. Be patient, and not too pushy. Bring them back for a refresher so they can get their confidence and skills back and onto the next swim level. Do not just throw your child in to test their skills after months and months of not using them.
- Your child may or may not cry during lessons. This does not mean your child will not like the water outside of lessons, it simply means they either do not like being away from you, are nervous because they do not know what to expect, or they are having a hard time adjusting to what a lesson is, some kids are just so independent they get a little feisty when made to do something instead of doing what they want to do. They will still learn on the same pace as other children, and be able to do everything I am teaching them. Please be patient with the process. 90% of 3 year olds cry the first 2 days and then are jumping in , loving it and swimming half way across the pool on their 3rd lesson. Also 90% of the infants 1-2 years old that do cry during lessons, don't cry at all when mom or dad hops in on Friday. At that point they know how to swim and suddenly just start jumping in and want to do it over and over and then cry when their time is up.
- It really makes a big difference if you are able to swim outside of swim lessons during the basic training. Your child will be learning at a fast pace and deserves a chance to show off their skills and just have fun. Please plan to wait until after the first fun Friday to swim outside of lessons with your child so you know exactly how to work with them.
- It is very important that you do not make swimming at home work or like a lesson, please make it play and fun time only. After the basic training i will show you the best way to 'work' with your child at home.
- Be sure that when you are talking to your child about the lessons, to always be positive, and never refer to lessons as being "scary" or in any other negative way. This will impact your child's perception of the lessons, and may make them feel more uncomfortable. Happy encouraging faces and proud comments after lessons make a big difference.
- It is also very important that your child no longer uses flotation devices in the pool or while swimming. This will mess up your childs form and make it harder to roll to a float.
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