Information for Parents
Hi and thank you for visiting my website! I am so pleased you have an interest in swimming lessons for your child. This is a great investment in their safety and well-being and I am going to share with you and your children my love of the water. They will learn how to be safe AND have fun. I want to share with you some of the things your children will learn through their lessons with me. It is great for you to have an understanding of these things as well so that you can reinforce them in between lessons and throughout the rest of their lives!
-Fran Brender, Swim ‘n Be Safe
What Your Child Will Learn:
Entering and exiting the water safely
Submerge mouth, nose, and eyes comfortably under water
Exhale underwater (blow bubbles) through mouth and nose for 3 seconds
Open eyes underwater
Pick up a submerged object at arms length 2 times
Front float 5 seconds with support
Recover from a front float to a standing position
Changing direction of travel while walking or paddling
Roll over front to back /back to front with support
Alternating arm action front/back 5 feet with support
Alternating leg action front/back 5 feet with support
Combined stroke front/back 5 feet with support
Water Safety Guidelines
Tips for Preparing Your Children for their Lesson
Ensure Your Child is Fed and Hydrated
A simple non-fat snack and small drink of clear juice 30 minutes before swimming gives the child energy and a chance to digest.
Avoid Feeding Large Meals Right Before a Lesson
Save the bottle or big meal for after the lesson. No one really likes to exercise with a full tummy. Milk fats also increase mucus which can inhibit clear breathing.
Have Your Child Dressed and Ready for Swimming
Have your child dressed and water-ready. This will help them get the most out of their time with me and allows us to focus on the fun and learning in the water.
Apply Non-Toxic Sunscreen 30 Minutes Before the Lesson
Apply child-safe sunscreen 30 minutes before class so it can absorb and do its job. Applying immediately before entering the water is a waste since it washes off or may get in their eyes and can be slippery.
Emergency Heart Care
Another Request from Fran
Thinking about having lessons for your infant or toddler?
7 Great Reasons to Teach Babies to Swim
1. Even young babies adapt to the water very naturally. Water provides wonderful support and buoyancy for babies who can’t yet sit or stand. Babies can learn to swim long before they can walk!
2. While young babies cannot move around well on land, the weightless environment of the water is a great place for babies to exercise their young muscles! Swimming also improves cardiovascular fitness, a great lifelong benefit.
3. Parent/Child Aquatics classes give babies the opportunity to learn new physical skills; they are developing their neural network, laying the foundation for cognitive development.
4. Classes give babies a great opportunity to exercise and increase their strength, which often results in the acquisition of other motor skills, such as standing and walking, earlier. Swimming provides the greatest form of bilateral exercise of any sport, which aids babies and toddlers in the development of coordination and balance.
5. The exercise babies get in classes stimulates a baby’s appetite and improve baby’s eating and sleeping patterns.
6. Classes provides an uninterrupted, wonderful bonding time with your child. Swimming provides babies with lots of skin-to-skin contact with their parents which can strengthens the parent-child bond.
7. A positive, early experience in the water gives babies and toddlers a head start on the mastery of water safety skills. Babies often transition to more advanced classes, as they often have acquired some of the building blocks of swimming ~ breath control, floating, and kicking on top of the water.
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