words of wisdom
- If your child feels scared at first, tell them, “It is okay to feel scared.” Then say, “What do we do when we are scared? We are brave.” Validate them when you see them acting brave. Remind them that the water will push their bodies up so they won’t sink.
- 95% students arrive fearful of going underwater. Once they get over this fear, they may then be afraid to dive, get their head up to take a breath, swim in longer stretches, or even experience a new teacher. Do not be discouraged if your child’s fear dissipates in one area, and then returns when a new swim skill is introduced. The program is deliberately layered and with practice and time. The child will master all steps until there is no fear.The key is to be consistent and positive.
- Get them excited about swimming! Share your own fun stories of swimming. Tell them how proud you are and about how well they did in the lesson. Tell them how you can’t wait to tell other family members and friends about your child’s progress.
- Children need and want boundaries and expectations in combination with love and positive reinforcement. Kassy and Swim To Live always guarantees these ingredients to ensure swimming success.
- Be patient. Every child is an individual with different learning needs and styles. Kassy and Swim To Live, constantly evaluates, diagnoses, and treats your child with the approaches that will get them to successful swimming and water safety.
- The earlier your child learns to swim, the quicker they become water safe. Postponing swim lessons only leads to more time to develop fear of the water.
- The more kids practice, the more they will develop swimming confidence and security which leads to: MORE FUN IN THE POOL! After lessons are finished, parents should make sure their child continues to swim on as much of a regular basis as possible.
- Do your homework! Repetition is key! PRACTICE, PRACTICE PRACTICE! Between lessons, have your child lie face down on the bed with their legs off the edge and kick with straight legs. They can do arm strokes while lying on their tummies too. Have your child practice relaxed floating on their backs in the tub. Before adding soap, have them blow bubbles, dipping their face in the water with closed mouths or going under to grab small sinking toys.
- When your child has a breakthrough, please arrange for a treat or external reward to inspire continuous motivation. Swim to Live provides organic lollipops that have no artificial colors or flavors and are sweetened with xylitol, and a small dive toy at the end of your child’s session.
*If your child cannot have the lollipop, please provide an appropriate treat after each lesson.
- Most students no matter the age have a breakthrough somewhere between lesson 4 – 6. Learning to swim is an intrinsic reward, but external rewards only speed up the process.