frequently asked questions
What is survival swimming?
The ability of a baby to float and breathe, regardless of the water’s depth, for an indefinite period of time.
When should I put my child in survival swim lessons?
It depends on your child’s cognitive level. We recommend between 9-10 months of age.
How do I enroll?
I have heard stories that my child will scream the whole lesson, is that true?
The answer to that is, it’s possible. Sometimes a child will cry for a few lessons then stop and sometimes they cry for the entire program. Survival Swim is taught based on touch and sensory guides. Even when your child is crying, they are absorbing what is being shown to them. Please remember we are all here for one common goal, drowning prevention. We will do everything we can do communicate with your child that they are in a safe and controlled environment.
How long will it take to complete survival swim?
On average it can take anywhere from 4-6 weeks to become water confident and complete survival skills. Lessons are designed to be short and consistent 10-15 minutes per day, Monday through Friday. All children are individuals and learn at their own pace, there is no way to know exactly how long it will take. Just like with any activity or lessons it takes time to develop strong efficient skills.
My parents taught me how to swim by throwing me in?
We hear this all the time from parents. Just like with car seats and baby gates we as parents are more educated based on historical evidence regarding how to safely water train children.
When you throw an untrained child into the water two things will immediately happen.
- They will panic!
- The will “doggy paddle” to keep their head above water. Which will drain them of energy and that is when drowning can occur.
Teaching proper technique in the Roll Over to Float or the Swim Float Swim will help build confidence and keep them safe.
Have more questions?
We are here for you!
Abrams Aquatic Academy is happy to answer any and all of your survival swim questions.