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Swimmers often need about 8 – 10 swimming lessons to acclimate to the aquatic environment. Using our water acclimation skill sets at home, you can eliminate most of the tears, fears, and tension associated with the first few swim lessons.
These skills are to be practiced in a relaxed environment with a willing swimmer. Please respect their need to stop if they are not enjoying the swim!
Watch your baby’s face as you practice this skill. Your baby will begin to show signs they recognize your verbal cue such as closing their eyes, squinting, flinching, closing their mouth, thrusting their tongue, or spitting.
Once your baby is comfortable with breath control with a cup submersion on a verbal cue, they are most likely ready to be submerged for up to five seconds.
Look for a relaxed body, a small burst of movement in the legs and/or arms, and smiles!
Once your baby is relaxed and comfortable with water sways, they are ready to begin the rest of the water acclimation skill sets in the bathtub or in a warm pool!
Look for signs of relaxation, such as palms facing down, head laying back in the water, relaxed feet and legs, or steady breathing and/or talking.
Once your baby is comfortable submerging their ears for more than 10 seconds, they are ready for an independent back float and survival kicks on their back in the pool!
Look for bubbles and underwater acclimation and extended breath control
Once your baby submerges on their own, they are ready for seated dives with glides into the pool!