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Swimming Lessons Prep :: Three Ways to Prevent Drowning

This blog is sponsored by Swim Lesson Club USA.

It may be 30 degrees today, however swimming season opens in late March for Florida families. Therefore, it is important to think about swimming early in the year, and even year round. Swimming pools, lakes, streams, and retention ponds are located all throughout our state and many young swimmers loose their skills over winter. Swim Lesson Club has put together an important bullet list of how to begin to introduce swimming and the process that parents should go through to teach their children to swim and prevent drowning.

Did you know?
Drowning is the leading cause of death and injury for children under the age of 5 in Florida and many other states. One quarter of adults in the US can't swim and many more couldn't swim for long durations if forced to save their own lives or a child's.

This is unacceptable to Swim Lesson Club USA and they intend to make an impact here in Jacksonville with these preventable statistics and tragedies. The Swim Lesson Club mission is to provide the very best swimming and training instruction available; as well as training for parents to prepare and practice swimming skills throughout the US. 

Three Steps to Swim
Swim Lesson Club has created a 3 step process to get started with swimming, including their philosophies on swimming lessons along with tips and tricks that will help your child learn to be safe, to learn toprevent drowning, and to learn to swim ASAP.

Step 1) Prepare your child for swimming instruction
The two main roadblocks students experience are sensitivity to the water over the face and mouth and the feeling of buoyancy (which feels like falling to the student). Prepare your child by pouring water over your baby or child's head while making it fun. Teach your child about how things float and have them feel the sensation of floating in the bathtub.

Step 2) Identifying a quality swim instruction program
Ideal swimming instruction classes are private or semi private. Group classes can be distracting for students and difficult to customize a lesson for your individual student. The water needs to be warm and near 90 degrees is perfect. Indoor pools protect students from UV rays and classes are not canceled due to inclement weather. You instructor should have years of experience, be excellent with kids and life Lifeguard Certified. Instructors should be mentored by a highly experienced and skilled instructor not just given a weekend instructor class.

Step 3) Partner with your swimming instructor
You should have goals and expectations set by your swim school. Infant lessons should focus on survival skills such as returning back to walls and stairs, rolling from front to back, as well as underwater preparation / swimming. Children over the age of 3 without fear of the water should be making progress in each class and should be close to swimming independently with survival skills after 12-18 classes.

About Swim Lesson Club USA

  • ​They offer private and semi private classes
  • They offer survival swimming
  • They offer stroke development
  • They have an indoor, 92 degree pool with year round swimming lessons
  • They specialize in the Angel Fish Special Needs lessons
  • The offer US Masters Adult Classes

Contact Swim Lesson Club USA with any questions about the learning to swim process or to allow them the privilege to work with your family through the learning to swim process. They host year round lessons in their indoor, 92 degree pool. Call (904) 612-2105 or visit their website: www.swimlessonclubusa.com.

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