We’ve all heard the saying, “It takes a village to raise a child,” but it’s not until one becomes a parent that the reality of this proverb truly sinks in. Caregivers quickly learn the value of the village, a network of people who come alongside the day-to-day busyness of life. Group activities and lessons serve to surround children with as many facets of care as possible, and that includes introducing them to swim lessons.
During swim lessons, children have the opportunity to learn life saving water skills such as submersion, breath control, floating and swim strokes – skills that they will carry into adulthood. However, the life lessons learned during swim lessons go beyond the pool, creating opportunities for children to bond with their caregivers, make new friends and build a network of support through coaches and swim school staff.
Parent and Tot Classes are an amazing way to bond with the new baby or toddler in your care as early as 4 months old. As you join them in the water, you are able to adapt to the water together, develop important water boundaries and experience a change of environment in which to connect. This is also an excellent place to meet other parents, grandparents and caregivers traveling a similar road raising small children.
As children get older, they are introduced to classes with friends. Small class sizes (4:1 student teacher ratio) create an environment where children are engaged with other students 2-3 times per week, and for preschoolers especially, learning alongside peers may be a new and rewarding environment for them to develop social skills such as listening, cooperation and encouragement toward others.
Swim instructors are more than teens looking for a part-time job. Those who are trained to teach children to swim have a heart to connect with children, to keep them safe for a lifetime and to become one of your child’s greatest cheerleaders! Week in and week out, swim instructors guide and encourage students, and more often than not, become an extension of the family as little ones advance year-round through each of the swim levels on their way to becoming safe and confident swimmers.
At Aqua-Tots Swim Schools, we know how many plates you’re spinning as a parent. But you don’t have to spin them alone or spin them all, for that matter. We’re here to support you in your journey teaching those in your care everything they need to know to remain safe in and around the water for a lifetime.