Turn Tears Into Cheers!


Does your child cry when learning how to swim? Don’t worry; it’s more common than you think. At Aqua-Tots Swim Schools, we want to help and encourage your child to turn their tears into cheers!

4 Common Reasons Children Cry

  • It’s New – Swimming lessons are a new experience.  There are new sights, sounds, textures, smells, faces, and interactions in the pool environment.
  • Age –With time, your child will gain control over their emotions and learn to enjoy the water.
  • Separation Anxiety – Your child may experience separation anxiety and feel anxious when away from familiar people and places.
  • Fear or Anger – Some children are genuinely fearful of the water and it takes time and patience to help them overcome their fear. Other children can become angry and use tears to control the situation. Our staff is here to help!

Dry those Eyes!

Water is an adaptive environment and it takes time to adjust. The more frequently your child comes to lessons, the faster the crying will subside.   With over 25 years of experience, we have found this to be our general rule thumb:

Swim Lessons per week Crying typically subsides after
3+ per week 3-4 lessons
2 per week 5-6 lessons
1 per week 7-8 lessons

What can you do to help?

  • Be positive and keep your eyes on the goal – As a parent, you can encourage your child with compliments and praise on what they do well in each lesson.
  • Keep cool – Being calm helps your child settle down faster.
  • Practice at home – Make it fun! Use the tub, shower, and pool to practice swimming skills (i.e. holding breath, water submersions, etc.).
  • Be consistent – Skipping or discontinuing swim lessons inhibits swimming progressions and will extend the time it takes to learn how to swim safely.

Still need help? Children who cry learn to trust their instructor faster if the parents sit out of sight during lessons; without parental interference, children learn to trust and depend on their instructors.

How do our instructors help?

Our instructors care about your child and they are trained to:

  • Identify the reason your child is crying so they can best alleviate the tears
  • Build trust with your child
  • Build trust in the water with your child
  • Offer consistent routines and terminology in every lesson