Building Trust in Swimming Lessons

Building trust is an integral part of the “learn to swim” process. The best instructors are those who are aware of the importance of building a trusting relationship with the students and parents. Parents are the ones who put their faith in your school to provide their children with a fun and safe learning experience […]

Patience Wins with Cautious Babies

Unfortunately, all babies are not comfortable in the water. Some are very cautious about everything around them, frightened of new situations or strangers or extremely uncomfortable with water on their faces. This may be true when the parents also have these traits. When parents relax about such things, they transfer calmness to their babies. In […]

Swimming Lessons Should be Joyful – Not Tearful

Believe it or not, crying doesn’t have to be a part of swimming lessons. Learning to swim can (and hopefully does) turn out to be a positive experience for children. There are both aggressive and gentle swimming programs out there so before enrolling your children, make sure that you’ve chosen the type program that will […]

When Is a Baby Really Swimming?

There was a lengthy debate at the National Aquatic Summit several years ago on the true definition of swimming. Swimming is the ability to move through the water harmoniously on one’s own accord. This can take place in stages, first moving through the water for short distances using kicking as a primary mode of propulsion. […]

Using Rings in Swimming Lessons

A good way to use rings during swim lessons is to incrementally place the rings deeper and deeper during the lesson. Suggest that the student grab the ring with one hand while using their other hand to hold onto you for balance. This exercise can help build the young swimmer’s confidence in going deeper or […]

Three Water Safety Skills Children Should Acquire

There are a few very basic safety skills that are potentially life saving for children when age appropriate for them to learn and remember. Children should be comfortable in the water and have the foundational training to enable them to use these skills to prevent any adverse effects that forcing these skills on them can […]

Why Learning Different Strokes is a Good Thing

Your students enjoy swimming but if you really think about it – they have favorite swimming strokes. And since they really like those strokes, is there really any advantage for them to learn the other ones? It may be that your students swim the freestyle stroke or breast stroke really well. It isn’t a waste […]

Babies Have Swim Instincts

Did you know that infants have pretty advanced water survival skills? They are pretty much “programmed” with a couple of helpful natural reflexes that help to protect them from drowning. There’s the diving reflex. The “official name for this is the bradycardic response” and it is a natural reflex that we humans have in common […]