How do I know if my child needs swim lessons?
Preschool children need swim lessons to learn safety skills and all other beginning aspects of learning how to swim including air exchange, floating and kicking. Other skills like swimming to the wall will be taught.
School age children need swim lessons to learn to swim on top of the water. Children tire quickly underwater. Trying to sustain underwater swimming may even cause drowning! Learning a good freestyle stroke with proper air exchange will help your child build confidence in the water and may save their life!
How long will it take to learn to swim?
This depends on your child's age and level of fitness. It may take 2 or more sessions of eight lessons each for preschoolers to learn the basic skills of floating, kicking, returning to the wall and rolling over on their back to breathe, float and rest. Older students that have mastered the first skills of breathing, floating and kicking will learn more rapidly. If your child has not been in the water since last summer, they may have regressed a little and will catch back up quickly.
What ages do you teach? What system do you use?
America’s Kids offers infant (4 weeks) through adult, small group, private and semi-private lessons for all ability levels. We teach with the most effective method known, using a progression developed by this nation's top swim coaches. Our goal is to teach your child to swim quickly and proficiently. Students advance at their own pace from water adaptation at Station 1 to very advanced swimming skills at Station 10. All coaches are certified by a national program of the American Swimming Coaches Association. Coaches are also CPR and First Aid certified. Our curriculum is supported as the USA's leading Learn to Swim School.
How do I know when my child can stop swimming lessons?
In the America’s Kids Swim School program we use a high standard. We are in business to save lives. That means a person can maintain themselves indefinitely in the water. To do so requires the ability to exhale used air and inhale new air. This is called aerobic swimming. (just like being able to talk while you jog) Our standard is that a person should be able to swim 300 yards non-stop and swim 6 different styles of swimming to be considered a "swimmer". 300 yards is important. Scientists have found that humans can swim 200 yards without being able to breathe effectively but without the ability to breathe effectively, eventually that person will get in trouble and possibly endanger their life. We went one third beyond that point to set our standard of 300 yards of non-stop swimming. That goal won't be quickly achieved. It takes time but it can save your child's life. That's worth the investment of time. After all....learning to swim is an asset for life!