Swimming and water security classes educate youngsters expertise that final a lifetime — and may even save their lives. Lessons will help defend youngsters from drowning and be certain that days by the water or pool can stay enjoyable and carefree.
Being a stronger swimmer not solely helps preserve your youngster protected in and across the water, but it surely’s additionally a superb approach for them to keep energetic and have enjoyable. Splashing round, studying swim strokes, and the overall act of swimming have extra coronary heart and lung-capacity advantages for teenagers. Plus, they supply a full-body exercise and assist enhance strength, flexibility, stamina, and coordination.
If you’re contemplating enrolling your youngster in swim classes, you’ll have some questions. Learn what you may anticipate with recommendation from Jen Rezac, director of swim programming for Life Time Aquatics.
When is greatest to enroll my youngster in swim classes?
Life Time Swim follows the American Academy of Pediatrics’ advisable pointers 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 youngsters gained’t study formal swim strokes that younger, Rezac says getting youngsters comfy with the water early helps develop water competency and a healthy 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 youngster is a toddler or older and has not but started swim classes, take into account their bodily and emotional maturity, their developmental talents, and present consolation degree with water. Most youngsters are prepared for swim classes by the age of three, when the main focus is on studying respect for the water and primary survival expertise, akin to floating, bobbing, making ahead progress throughout the pool, and safely exiting the water.
Always understand that swim classes are one in all a number of essential components for households to defend youngsters in and round water. Focused supervision, correct flotation units, and CPR training in case of emergency are additionally key.
Who teaches the swim classes?
All Life Time Swim instructors full 25 hours of training and expertise common, ongoing schooling with routine evaluations to make sure youngsters 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 responsibility — 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 youngster do throughout their classes?
Class sizes are small to permit for each ample apply house and as an added security precaution, particularly for newbie swimmers who’re sufficiently old not to have a father or mother within the water with them throughout classes.
Activities and curriculum fluctuate in accordance to every youngster’s class degree and particular person progress. Older youngsters might give attention to mastering particular swimming expertise or strokes, whereas youthful youngsters might use water islands and benches to help them all through. These objects permit the swim instructors to give attention to first constructing high quality swimming expertise and including distance later, when youngsters are prepared.
How do swimming ranges progress as my youngster ages or advances?
Rezac says the speed your youngster progresses by means of swim ranges is determined by their particular person ability progress. “The fantastic thing about our Life Time Swim programming is that you simply don’t have to wait in your youngster to move all of the abilities required inside one degree earlier than they start engaged on one of many expertise from the subsequent degree,” 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 youngster is in a 101-level class however can already do an assisted again float, an teacher is not going to wait till they end all of the 101-level-related expertise to give attention to the subsequent development. They’ll start engaged on the 201 back-float ability — studying to do it unassisted — instantly. The aim is fixed progress for teenagers at any time when they display readiness to transfer ahead.
At which swim degree is somebody thought of a protected, assured swimmer?
According to Rezac, youngsters are thought of protected swimmers after they’ve mastered the 401-swim degree 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 totally different expertise required at every swim degree?
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 means degree is for youngsters who aren’t comfy with totally 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’t do primary paddling on their very own for about 4 yards.
Intermediate: Levels 301 and 401 at every age group
The second means degree is for youngsters who’ve achieved paddling and floating on their very own within the water. The objectives at this degree are to assist them study 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 means degree is for youngsters who’re thought of proficient swimmers. Swimming expertise taught at these ranges embrace finishing the freestyle stroke with rotary respiratory for 15 yards earlier than additionally studying all 4 competitive swim strokes. Fine-tuning their stroke methods and finishing flip turns and authorized finishes are additionally developed at this degree.
How lengthy do swim classes final?
Our swim classes are held weekly for 30 minutes, but extra choices are additionally obtainable. Depending on the extent at which your youngster begins swim classes, they could proceed to progress by means of our whole 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 provided elsewhere?
Life Time Swim provides a handy, personalized, and competitive program for youngsters of all ages. Registration is accessible at any time — no sign-up deadlines to meet — with all kinds of days and occasions obtainable to accommodate your loved ones’s schedule.
Once you’re enrolled, your youngster’s lesson day and time stay constant and are renewed month-to-month till you present a 30-day cancellation discover.
Children aren’t required to move a sure swim degree earlier than being allowed to progress to studying the subsequent ability. Each youngster is tracked individually, and as soon as a ability has been mastered, they start engaged on the subsequent section — even when it’s a ability from the subsequent degree.
Life Time Swim additionally provides competitive swimming curriculum. Once your youngster has achieved proficiency, they’re eligible for Life Time Swim’s developmental, summer season, and USA Swimming competitive swim groups — all in the identical location as they took their early swim classes.
What objects does my youngster want to deliver to swim classes?
All swimmers will need to deliver a swimsuit. And in some areas, a towel can also be required. Check your membership’s swim coverage web page for particulars. Goggles and a swim cap are advisable for youngsters ages three and up.
Children below the age of three have to be accompanied within the pool by a father or mother. If your youngster isn’t potty-trained, they need to put on a swim diaper and tight-fitting rubber pants below their swimsuit.
How can I assist my youngster enhance as a swimmer?
Children will make progress throughout their 30-minute swim classes, however dad and mom will help their youngsters advance by placing their classes into apply. Check membership schedules for open household swim occasions to attend together with your youngster.
This extra apply permits your youngster to present you what they’ve discovered and discover their new expertise within the water, whereas serving to them progress extra rapidly. There are additionally apply tips and exercises youngsters 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 recurrently sanitize high-touch surfaces with a virus-killing disinfectant, akin to on the pool ladder, door handles, and taps, in addition to on pool gear between lessons. Some gear 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 youngsters who’re able to understanding correct social spacing. During classes, youngsters are divided into small teams with the identical youngsters every week to restrict contact, and personal and semi-private swim classes are additionally obtainable.
- The variety of classes being held at one time has been diminished 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 youngster started in swim classes?
Try our digital swim evaluation to aid you study which degree is greatest in your youngster. Go to my.lifetime.life/swim and choose the “Register Now” button, then log in utilizing your title and password that you simply use on my.lifetime.life (or create an account in case you don’t have one already). You’ll then have the ability to reply a collection of questions to assist decide your youngster’s degree — or, if which degree you’d like to select, you may skip the questions and go straight to the registration.