At Sunsational Swim School we understand that getting you and your baby to swim schools can be a challenge. That’s why we are thrilled to offer parent and baby swim lessons both privately, and as a baby swim class with a group of your choosing. If you have other parents in your social circle currently looking for a provider of baby swim lessons, this is a great way for everyone to benefit. We offer both parent and baby group swim lessons
(for 4‐8 babies) as well as private infant swimming lessons.
After years of offering swimming lessons for babies, we understand that the most important part about learning to swim is safety skills. In addition to fundamental swimming skills, your swim teacher will help your baby learn how to recover from an accidental fall into the water by finding the wall, turning around, and swimming to the side of the pool. We call this skillset the Sunsational Safety Sequence.
Many parents are hesitant to enroll their child in private swimming lessons, because they think they will eventually learn the skills on their own, or they feel that the child is too young or that the skill isn't necessary. This is particularly true if the parents haven't spent much time in the water themselves or are afraid of the water. Our swimming classes are available year-round in most areas of the country and will provide many laughs and healthy benefits for your youngsters. These benefits include:
Swimming lessons teach basic safety skills in and around the water. This enables you to feel confident that your children will be safe when invited to a poolside birthday party or has other occasion to frolic in the water. If a child learns to swim on their own, they aren't likely to know the safety techniques or strokes that are taught in all swim lessons. Even if water fun isn't included in your summer fun or vacations, it is likely that your child will be invited to join another family in this kind of activity at one time or another. Drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional deaths in children from age 1 to 14.
It isn't possible to watch over your children every second, particularly if they are in someone else's care. Most daycare facilities have pool or splash days during the summer or have field trips that include water fun. It is possible for someone to drown in less than 1 inch of water, particularly if the person is under the age of 4. Allowing your children to take child swimming lesson helps decrease the risk of one of your kids dying from accidental drowning.
Swimming and water sports are great social activities, whether you are 1 year old or a senior citizen. There will always be opportunities to go to private or public pool parties, have fun at a lake or beach, and to go boating. These activities provide a chance to breathe fresh air, absorb vitamin D from the sunshine and socialize with other people in a healthy outdoor activity. Your child shouldn't have to skip these activities due to their parents' fear of the water or because you simply haven't found the time for swim lessons.
Swimming is a wonderful way to exercise your entire body. It works almost all your muscles without placing unnecessary stress on your joints, since it is a low-impact sport. Swimming is an aerobic exercise that benefits your cardiovascular system and lungs. It builds muscle strength and endurance, and it helps you and your children be physically fit.
Swimming is a skill you can use your entire life. It is something that can be learned as early as six months and is a sport you can still enjoy as a senior citizen. Providing your baby with swimming lessons opens up a whole new arena of fun and fitness that they can participate in all their lives.
If you don't know how to swim, consider taking parent and baby swim lessons together or taking adult swim lessons
on your own. The joy of knowing this skill enables you and your children to participate in many wholesome and healthy outdoor activities together. This will strengthen your bond as a family, help keep the entire family physically fit and create beautiful memories for all of you.
Why Needs To Start The Water
Your little one will see water everywhere, from a neighbor’s backyard pool, to a vacation near the ocean or lake, to the community pool where you go to soak up some sun. Is it important for your baby to love the water? Here are some things to consider.
The unfortunate truth is that the leading cause of death for children ages 1-4 is accidental drowning. It only takes a few seconds for a baby to drown if you turn your back on them when they’re in the bathtub, or they slip into a swimming pool when your attention is elsewhere. You may think that nothing like that could ever happen to you -- but that’s what the parents of all the children who have drowned thought, too. Why would you take a chance?
Originally, experts thought it was inappropriate to try to teach children under the age of 4 to swim. However, that has changed. According to the National Institutes of Health, most public health authorities approved of swim lessons to protect children aged 5 and older. However, more recent studies have shown that formal swim lessons for children 1-4 years of age actually reduced the risk of drowning 88 percent for that age category.
Since drowning is such an ever-present danger, it makes sense to start teaching your child to love the water as early as possible.
You can help your child by letting them have fun in the water once they can sit up. When they graduate from the sink to the bathtub, take the opportunity to play in the tub. Blowing bubbles is an activity that often delights babies. Get them to blow bubbles at you when you blow bubbles at them. Remember that your child was a swimmer before you met. Playing in the water is something you want to start before your child gets to the stage where they’re suspicious of new things.
Working with professionals who can help your baby learn water safety skills is a great place to start. And, parent and baby swim lessons will make both you and your child comfortable with time in the water. Swim lessons for your baby have a number of benefits.
Learning Life-Saving Skills
Babies can learn several life-saving skills, including:
Blowing Bubbles: Blowing bubbles whenever your baby’s face is in the water will help them learn not to swallow water, and to hold their breath until they’re at the surface.
Floating on Their Back: Rolling onto their back and floating with a clear airway will teach them not to panic if no one is holding them.
Finding the Edge of the Pool: Turning to return to the edge of the pool, or kicking until they can find and hold on to the edge of the pool, will allow them to keep their heads out of the water while feeling safe.
Once your baby has learned these life-saving skills, they’re much better prepared in an emergency. An unintended fall into the pool will seem like swim school – they’ll know to roll over and float on their back, and then find and hang on to the edge of the pool until someone arrives to help them out of the water.
Improved Coordination and Confidence
When babies use both sides of their body to do something like paddling in the water, it builds the neurons in their brains that support more coordination and even mental development. In addition, formal swim lessons require your baby to interact with you, instructors and other children. They start to understand how to deal with groups of people, and they get the reinforcement of learning something new.
Consider the importance of protecting your child from accidental drowning. Enrolling your young one in swim lessons will provide a foundation of learning, and swimming skills that will serve them well throughout their life. However, don’t let your child’s swimming prowess lull you into a false sense of security. You still need to use life jackets and keep a close watch whenever your child is near the water!
At What Age Should Start Taking
Sun-drenched beaches, bustling rec centers and the social hub of the neighborhood backyard pool all lure your little one to the water's edge. What happens next can be a fun and enriching experience with the right combination of adult supervision and child water safety skills. To help reduce the risk of accidental drowning, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends those skills be acquired through swimming lessons starting as young as six months of age.
Even prior to the end of their first year, babies as young as six months old benefit from pool time in the arms of a trusted adult. Infant swim lessons allow your child to enjoy the water before they have a chance to learn fear. Positive pool experiences help babies remain calm so they can progress to learn effective water navigation skills such as kicking and back floats. Toddlers in swimming lessons can even be taught safety rules such as no running on the pool deck and never swim without an adult.
The benefits of baby and toddler swim lessons extend beyond the pool. The sensory and motor stimulation resulting from pool time creates new neurons that positively impact confidence and even intelligence. Movements that are bilateral, or use both sides of the body, help increase the connections between the two hemispheres of the brain which will later help with skills like language development, spatial awareness and reading.
If you're not ready to sign up for a swim class just yet, you can still help your infant learn some very basic skills in the convenience of your own bathtub. Introduce vocabulary, such as "kick" and "splash," that they'll hear later from an instructor. Gently pour water over their head following a countdown of "1, 2, 3." Lay your child on their back in shallow water to orient them to a back float. As their comfort level grows, gradually increase the depth of the water until you are supporting them in a full float on their back. Most important, have fun to create a good experience for your budding swimming enthusiast.
Feed your baby earlier than 30 minutes prior to the lesson to allow their stomach time to settle. This will help to reduce the chance of spit up in the water. Stock up on the supplies you need, including swim diapers, towels, dry clothes and fresh diapers for your baby to change into later. Arrive a few minutes early so you have time to get ready. Bring your baby's car seat into the change room so they have a safe place to wait with you while you change. Plan for a relaxed entry into the water with your baby, but don't spend too much time in the pool prior to the lesson in case of fatigue.
Even the most comprehensive and successful water training program isn't enough to drown-proof your child. Young children should never be in the water unsupervised, not even for a moment, and infants and toddlers should be within your arm's reach at all times. Swimming lessons for children of any age are designed to reduce the chance of accidental drowning but can't guarantee to prevent it completely. Even if your little one was the star of the class, you should still be vigilant in your supervision to ensure that the water provides positive experiences for years to come.