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Is your child ready to dive into the wonderful world of swimming? At acac, we have programs dedicated to swimmers of all ages with swim safety at the core of our curriculum. Our classes and instructors will help your child build foundational water safety skills and confidence that will last a lifetime.

Let’s examine this essential skill and explore what safety swim lessons entail, their benefits, and the outstanding programs acac offers.

What are Swim Safety Lessons?

Swim safety lessons combine the joy of swimming with the assurance of safety, ensuring every dip in the water is safe and enjoyable for your child. In swim safety lessons, children are educated on recognizing potential dangers in and around the water, learning how to react in emergencies, and mastering self-rescue techniques. For your child, these lessons are the key to building confidence in their abilities, both in and outside of the pool.

The Importance of Mastering the Basics

The old saying: “walk before you run” also applies to the swimming pool! Children who understand foundational swim safety skills, such as floating, have the confidence to take on more complex swimming strokes as they continue to learn. After completing the basics, your child will be well on their way to a lifelong love of swimming and exercise.

Key Components of Swim Safety

Swim safety is all about building a mindset that water safety comes first, no matter your age or swim experience. Learn about these key components to help contribute and reinforce a safe environment for everyone.

Supervision and the Buddy System

Adult supervision is non-negotiable for young swimmers. Ensuring there is an active participant supervising the pool or active play in open water will help reinforce good water safety principles with even the littlest swimmers. Children should also never swim alone. Having a swim buddy, whether a parent or friend, can serve as a quick support system in case of concern or emergencies.

Floating and Treading Water

Foundational water safety skills are crucial to young children being safe in the water. At a young age, kids should be taught how to roll onto their backs when in the water if they fall in or jump in. Being comfortable with floating is a life saving technique. As they grow, our young swimmers can learn about kicking, arm strokes, and even treading water. Staying afloat, and having fun doing it, and can a world of a difference.

Confidence Building and Positive Attitudes

Swimming is an activity that should foster curiosity, exploration and ultimately, fun! Keeping a cheery, upbeat, and positive attitude around young swimmers helps them know that water play is a safe space where they can learn and grow. Encouraging their skill development in a positive and energetic environment will contribute to their own confidence in their water.

Know the Limits

Before beginning water play, ensure you know every participants’ swimming skills. Are your little swimmers able to float, hold their breath, doggie paddle, and so on? Know their limits so you can guide them to know how to assess when they are too tired or potentially unsafe. Making sure they stay within their comfort zone and reinforcing their growing swim skills ensure safety is at the forefront of any water activities.

Use Swim Safety Equipment

While our littlest swimmers will not need much equipment at the get go, developing swimmers may want additional support as their skills develop. Adding a swim cap or goggles can help with their comfort and confidence levels while they explore new water activities. If you expand your water play to open water, it is advised to put your little ones in a certified life jacket for added safety.

While these are only a few tips to keep in mind, they are critical to fostering a supportive, positive, and safe environment for your little swimmers. If you need added support in swim basics and safety, consider swimming lessons with a certified instructor.

Certified Instructors and Swimming Programs

A certified swim instructor is critical for children entering swimming lessons. At acac, our swim instructors are not just fans of swimming; they are trained educators equipped with the knowledge to teach children of different age groups and skill levels. Our instructors play a vital role in their safety, skill development, and overall positive experience with water. We create a supportive and safe learning environment, ensuring that each lesson is a step towards your child becoming a confident and responsible swimmer.

acac Dolphin Swim School

Our Dolphin Swim School is the ideal learn-to-swim program for novice swimmers ages 3+. The eight-week program meets once a week for 30-minute classes designed to help students develop a foundation of swimming skills in a child-centered environment. Group sizes typically range from three to six participants. Our instructors are trained in the Starfish Aquatic International Swim School (SAISS) curriculum, focusing on creating safer swimmers by developing swim and safety skills.

Jump Into acac‘s Swim School!

When it comes to safety swim lessons, acac stands out with its commitment in providing a nurturing and fun learning experience. Our programs are a blend of quality instruction within a warm community atmosphere. Catering to all ages and skill levels, acac ensures that each child’s journey in the water is safe, enjoyable, and in line with the highest standards of swimming safety. Learn more about our Dolphin Swim School or find a swim instructor for children at every stage of swimming.