When Is The Right Time To Start Swim Lessons?

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Parents often ask us, “When is the right time to start swim lessons?” When it comes to parenting, there is an abundance of information to discover, research, and ultimately make decisions about that will impact you and your family. Whether you’re discovering which diaper brand is best for your infant, juggling daycare options, or even figuring out which school is best for your child, we understand that swim lessons may not be top of mind.

But, they should be. Water is everywhere. From the bathtub to the pool to the beach, water plays a crucial role in many daily activities and equipping your child with the lifesaving skill of swimming is our top priority at Aqua-Tots Swim Schools.

We’re here to help

At Aqua-Tots, we offer lessons for children and adults, regardless of age or ability. Our progression-based, learn-to-swim program allows kids to learn and develop swimming skills at their own pace. Our various levels focus on key areas to ensure that they’re ready for the next step!

We’ve broken those levels and focus areas for you below, along with the approximate age ranges.

Level 1: Tadpoles

4 months – 12 months
This parent/infant class focuses on water adjustment and adaptation to new skills and practices.

Level 2: Minnows

13 months – 30 months
This parent/infant class focuses on pool boundaries and how to safely get air.

Level 3: Leapfrogs

2.5 years – 12 years
This beginner swimmer class focuses on comfort I the water and beginning swim skills. This class has two divisions: 2-4 years in one class; 5 years and older in a separate class.

Level 4: Seahorses

4 years and up
This advanced beginner class focuses on breathing and control in the water. This class is for students who are comfortable in the water and have swimming experience.

Level 5: Starfish

4 years and up
This intermediate swimmer class focuses on independence while swimming freestyle and backstroke. Students are taught advanced breath control techniques to enhance their swim efficiency.

Level 6: Seals

Based on swim ability
This intermediate swimmer class focuses on swim tempo for freestyle, backstroke, and breaststroke. Students are taught strengthening drills to increase body coordination.

Level 7: Sharks

Based on swim ability
This advanced swimmer class focuses on swim technique for freestyle, backstroke, and breaststroke. Students are taught underwater strengthening drills and the basic components of butterfly.

Level 8: Stingrays

Based on swim ability
This advanced swimmer class focuses on strengthening and building endurance for all swim strokes. Students are taught proper starts, turns, and breathing techniques.

So, to answer the question, when is the right time to start swim lessons…well, any time is the right time! When you enroll your child in swim lessons, you’re giving them an opportunity to develop skills that will last a lifetime…regardless of when they started.

Hang in there, mom. You’re doing GREAT!