Don't Wait Until Spring Break!
Often parents call and say “Spring break or Summer is coming up fast and we need our children to be able to swim.” With that one sentence, these parents are saying “Teach my child a lifelong sport and lifesaving skill (with all the emotional and developmental benefits swimming provides) in a few weeks.”
Unfortunately, it takes more time than that because:
- Repetition: Repetition is key to learning how to swim—and not just for perfecting strokes. Multiple studies suggest that it takes at least 21 days of doing something for a behavior to become “automatic.” This means that the simple act of floating will take at least 21 lessons before it becomes automatic for your child.
- Strength: It takes time for children to develop the muscles needed to become adequate floaters, and, eventually, swimmers. It requires a coordination of core strength, and leg and arm muscles. This muscle memory and coordination can only begin to happen after many lessons.
- Confidence: Confidence in and around the water is not instantaneous. In fact, some of our students must start by overcoming their fears of putting their faces underwater. The more lessons a child has, the greater their confidence level. They become increasingly aware of breath control and how certain movements and breathing techniques can help save them in the event of an unplanned submersion.
- Cumulative Skills: The skills involved in learning how to swim build upon each other. Little swimmers must master certain skill sets before they can advance and gain additional skill sets. When faced with a short-term enrollment, students do not have the time to let our research- and experience-based curriculum progress as it should.
We applaud you for wanting to give your kids the lifesaving skill of swimming. So PLEASE call us and enroll or re-enroll in the Fall or even the Winter so your child will be ready in time for vacation and pool season. Continuous swim lessons will prepare your child—and your family—for a lifetime of spring breaks.