SSI Baby and Me, 6 months to 36 months
Baby Swim Programs
Tues/Thurs 12:30pm to 1:00pm and Fridays from 6:30pm to 7:00pm.
Our baby aquatic program provides a bonding opportunity for parent and child in a warm, secure aquatic environment. Research indicates that babies under one year of age participating in physically stimulating activities can increase their intellectual capabilities. Swimming is the most ideal physical activity for an infant or baby due to the nature of buoyancy. Buoyancy allows the most independent freedom an infant can have before they are self-motoring
Dolphin Swim School believes that a life-long love of water and enjoyment of swimming is best developed by a confident and loving handling of babies in water, by swimming with babies, and by imparting gentle progressive methods towards unaided swimming, without ever resorting to forceful conditioning. When babies discover the freedom of buoyancy and underwater swimming, they soon become independent in water.
Our methods are designed to create an exceptional foundation for future swimming, promoting safe practices and confidence. We create a positive learn to swim environment with praise, fun games and activities that foster the learn-to- swim process. One on one time to play with their parents nurtures the bond between parent and child as they learn together in the baby swim lessons. All our teachers are certified and insured by Swim Schools International (SSI) and follow an award winning lesson plan.
Learning to swim should be a happy and positive experience for both parent and child. We are against learn-to-swim methods that use force to teach babies to swim
Baby and Me or Parent/Child
30 minute class Ratio 1:6
Our Baby & Me classes may include babies from 6 months to 3 years old; our teachers are trained to work with different developmental levels. Babies are introduced to the water with a focus on parent-baby bonding, and getting the baby familiar with how their bodies relate to the natural buoyancy of the water. We also work with the reflexes that all babies are born with that help them developmentally both in and out of the water. Though we do not focus on submersions, the skill is introduced. The Baby & Me class boosts development of the whole child and early year round lessons accelerate development; physically, intellectually, and emotionally.
Babies are like little sponges, soaking up information from their new environment. This is a fun and relaxed aquatic experience for parent and infant, introducing kicking, bubble blowing, and safety skills. The use of verbal cues pre-conditions baby for submersion, by using a stimulus response method which teaches baby breathe control on verbal triggers. Parental involvement in the lesson is particularly important because children learn a respect for the water and understand that they are not allowed to swim unless accompanied by their parent. This makes children less likely to wander into dangerous situations.
For older babies, water safety is a very important aspect of this class. Parents and their children work together with teacher and learn to climb out of the pool independently, how to properly jump in the pool, and how to turn and swim back to the wall, back floats, and wall-walking. More advanced babies are also challenged to learn rollover breathing
Built for 6-month to 36-month-old swimmers with a parent or guardian in the water. This class focuses on increasing safety in and around the water by practicing water safety skills such as back floating, wall skills, and safe exit routines. Through songs and games, this class introduces important foundational skills including kicking, pulling, and submersions while having fun. Repetition and consistency are key to helping each swimmer increase their comfort in the water, and we encourage every parent to set their own objectives and move at their own pace.
Achieve an underwater breath count of 10 seconds
Swim 1 m (3 ft)
Grab the wall and climb out of the pool
Back float with assistance