Swimming and water security classes train kids expertise that final a lifetime — and may even save their lives. Lessons might help shield children from drowning and be certain that days by the water or pool can stay enjoyable and carefree.

Being a stronger swimmer not solely helps maintain your little one protected in and across the water, however it’s additionally a superb approach for them to remain energetic and have enjoyable. Splashing round, studying swim strokes, and the final act of swimming have extra coronary heart and lung-capacity advantages for teenagers. Plus, they supply a full-body exercise and assist enhance power, flexibility, stamina, and coordination.

If you’re contemplating enrolling your little one in swim classes, you might have some questions. Learn what you’ll be able to anticipate with recommendation from Jen Rezac, director of swim programming for Life Time Aquatics.

When is greatest to enroll my little one in swim classes?

Life Time Swim follows the American Academy of Pediatrics’ really helpful tips for beginning swimming classes by age one. “The earlier, the better,” says Rezac. “At Life Time, we start lessons as young as four months old. Formal swim lessons between the ages of one and four years can help reduce the risk of drowning by 88 percent.”

While kids gained’t be taught formal swim strokes that younger, Rezac says getting kids comfy with the water early helps develop water competency and a wholesome respect for water security guidelines. “The kids who start lessons at a very young age are naturally more comfortable in the water and learn to swim faster once they are developmentally ready,” she says.

If your little one is a toddler or older and has not but began swim classes, think about their bodily and emotional maturity, their developmental talents, and present consolation stage with water. Most children are prepared for swim classes by the age of three, when the main focus is on studying respect for the water and fundamental survival expertise, akin to floating, bobbing, making ahead progress throughout the pool, and safely exiting the water.

Always take into account that swim classes are one in all a number of vital components for households to guard kids in and round water. Focused supervision, correct flotation units, and CPR coaching in case of emergency are additionally key.

Who teaches the swim classes?

All Life Time Swim instructors full 25 hours of coaching and expertise common, ongoing training with routine evaluations to make certain kids are receiving the highest-quality instructing.

Each teacher receives CPR and First Aid Certification, and there may be at all times a lifeguard-certified crew member on obligation — both the swim teacher or a lifeguard stationed within the stands, relying on the state’s necessities the place the teachings are being held.

What will my little one do throughout their classes?

Class sizes are small to permit for each ample observe house and as an added security precaution, particularly for newbie swimmers who’re sufficiently old to not have a father or mother within the water with them throughout classes.

Activities and curriculum fluctuate in response to every little one’s class stage and particular person progress. Older kids might concentrate on mastering particular swimming expertise or strokes, whereas youthful children might use water islands and benches to help them all through. These objects permit the swim instructors to concentrate on first constructing high quality swimming expertise and including distance later, when children are prepared.

How do swimming ranges progress as my little one ages or advances?

Rezac says the speed your little one progresses by means of swim ranges is dependent upon their particular person talent progress. “The beauty of our Life Time Swim programming is that you don’t have to wait for your child to pass all of the skills required within one level before they begin working on one of the skills from the next level,” she says. “We are a progressive program, so we begin the next phase as soon as your child has mastered the current one — even if they’re not technically enrolled in the next swim class level.”

For instance, in case your little one is in a 101-level class however can already do an assisted again float, an teacher won’t wait till they end all of the 101-level-related expertise to concentrate on the subsequent development. They’ll start engaged on the 201 back-float talent — studying to do it unassisted — instantly. The aim is fixed progress for teenagers each time they display readiness to maneuver ahead.

At which swim stage is somebody thought-about a protected, assured swimmer?

According to Rezac, kids are thought-about protected swimmers once they’ve mastered the 401-swim stage and confidently can swim the size of the lap pool for 25 meters on both their entrance or again with out stopping.

What are the completely different expertise required at every swim stage?

You can view full class descriptions by age group on the Life Time Swim programming web page.

Beginner: Levels 101 and 201 at every age group

The first skill stage is for kids who will not be comfy with absolutely submerging their heads and our bodies underwater to swim and play. They are engaged on floating by themselves or mendacity on their backs within the water; they can not do fundamental paddling on their very own for roughly 4 yards.

Intermediate: Levels 301 and 401 at every age group

The second skill stage is for kids who’ve achieved paddling and floating on their very own within the water. The objectives at this stage are to assist them be taught the fundamental swim strokes and for teenagers to have the ability to swim the size of the pool by themselves.

Advanced: Levels 501 and 601 at every age group

The superior skill stage is for kids who’re thought-about proficient swimmers. Swimming expertise taught at these ranges embody finishing the freestyle stroke with rotary respiration for 15 yards earlier than additionally studying all 4 aggressive swim strokes. Fine-tuning their stroke strategies and finishing flip turns and authorized finishes are additionally developed at this stage.

How lengthy do swim classes final?

Our swim classes are held weekly for half-hour, but extra choices are additionally accessible. Depending on the extent at which your little one begins swim classes, they could proceed to progress by means of our complete program till they’re assured swimmers or till they full the advanced-lessons stage and select to qualify for swim crew.

What differentiates Life Time Swim classes from these supplied elsewhere?

Life Time Swim presents a handy, custom-made, and aggressive program for kids of all ages. Registration is obtainable at any time — no sign-up deadlines to fulfill — with all kinds of days and instances accessible to accommodate your loved ones’s schedule.

Once you’re enrolled, your little one’s lesson day and time stay constant and are renewed month-to-month till you present a 30-day cancellation discover.

Children will not be required to move a sure swim stage earlier than being allowed to progress to studying the subsequent talent. Each little one is tracked individually, and as soon as a talent has been mastered, they start engaged on the subsequent section — even when it’s a talent from the subsequent stage.

Life Time Swim additionally presents aggressive swimming curriculum. Once your little one has achieved proficiency, they’re eligible for Life Time Swim’s developmental, summer season, and USA Swimming aggressive swim groups — all in the identical location as they took their early swim classes.

What objects does my little one have to carry to swim classes?

All swimmers will wish to carry a swimsuit. And in some places, a towel can be required. Check your membership’s swim coverage web page for particulars. Goggles and a swim cap are really helpful for kids ages three and up.

Children below the age of three should be accompanied within the pool by a father or mother. If your little one isn’t potty-trained, they have to put on a swim diaper and tight-fitting rubber pants below their swimsuit.

How can I assist my little one enhance as a swimmer?

Children will make progress throughout their 30-minute swim classes, however dad and mom might help their kids advance by placing their classes into observe. Check membership schedules for open household swim instances to attend together with your little one.

This extra observe permits your little one to point out you what they’ve realized and discover their new expertise within the water, whereas serving to them progress extra rapidly. There are additionally observe suggestions and workouts children can do with you at house.

What COVID-19 security precautions are presently in place?

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), there may be presently no proof that COVID-19 can unfold to individuals by means of leisure water.

In addition to common cleansing and disinfecting practices in and across the swimming pools, Life Time Swim has added enhanced security measures, together with:

  • Team members usually sanitize high-touch surfaces with a virus-killing disinfectant, akin to on the pool ladder, door handles, and taps, in addition to on pool tools between courses. Some tools that was beforehand loaned out, akin to goggles, is quickly unavailable to restrict shared contact.
  • Social-distancing practices are initiated all through the house and within the pool for older kids who’re able to understanding correct social spacing. During classes, children are divided into small teams with the identical kids every week to restrict contact, and personal and semi-private swim classes are additionally accessible.
  • The variety of classes being held at one time has been lowered to permit extra room for teenagers to unfold out within the pool.

Learn extra about our COVID-19 security efforts on our web site.

How do I get my little one began in swim classes?

Try our digital swim evaluation that will help you be taught which stage is greatest on your little one. Go to my.lifetime.life/swim and choose the “Register Now” button, then log in utilizing your identify and password that you simply use on my.lifetime.life (or create an account when you don’t have one already). You’ll then have the ability to reply a collection of questions to assist decide your little one’s stage — or, if which stage you’d like to decide on, you’ll be able to skip the questions and go straight to the registration.