Parent & Tot program begins at 8-months and continues until children turn three. Within this period, parents are present in the water, guiding children into the aquatic world. Teaching basic water comfort and instinctual safety forms the core of these early lessons. Our Parent & Tot classes are also musically-themed, as we introduce the rhythm and timing of basic movements in the water.
Starfish (4 to 18 months), Duck (18 to 30 months), Sea Turtle (30 to 36 months parented)
Parent & Tot classes are divided into three groups, as follows:
- (8 – 12 months)
- Make rhythmic movements to music
- Can play peek-a-boo
- Babble and coo to caregiver’s voice or music
- Recognize caretaker’s voice at a distance
- (12 – 24 months)
- Need time to explore and play with things
- Play alone and try to perform skills independently
- Obey simple commands
- Enjoy rhymes
- (2 – 6 years)
- Are ready to become part of a group
- Want to make choices
- Show interest in imagery and games
- Can be independent of caregiver
Are swimming lessons safe for my preschooler?
Many caregivers wonder whether teaching babies, toddlers, or preschoolers to swim can cause medical problems. According to the American Paediatric Association, well supervised swimming lessons are medically safe for children.
There is no evidence that infants participating in swim lessons are at greater risk of any medical conditions. The main concerns to be aware of when exposing your child to the aquatic environment include:
- If your child is cold, remove him or her from the water and keep the child dry and warm. Have your child wear a lightweight T-shirt or neoprene swimsuit to class if he or she has difficulty staying warm during the lesson.
- No special precautions are necessary, but children with active ear infections (as determined by a doctor) should not participate in class.
- No special precautions are necessary, but children who develop discharges or have excessively watery eyes should be taken to their doctor.
- In most cases, children with colds should not participate in group activities in which they are in danger of infecting others.
- The lungs of small children are still developing and are unable to cope with long periods of physical exercise. After a short rest period, they can easily resume physical exercise.
- Rapidly swallowing large quantities of water can cause problems in very young children. Babies can swallow large amounts of water easily, especially if they are involuntarily submerged. Watch your child to ensure he or she is not “drinking” or swallowing excess water.