Parent Tot Classes

At Desert Swim School, we believe in having, fun, informative, safety-based Parent-Tot swim lessons. In our lessons, you will be exposed to water safety techniques for both you (how to properly hold your child in the water, how to supervise effectively, etc) AND for your tot (back floats, the Jump In, Turn Around technique, etc).

Desert Swim School’s’ Parent-Tot program is all about consistency and repetition. We look for improvement within the skills, as well as improved comfort in the water. Please note that each child is different, so it is not a good idea to compare your child with the other class participants. Our program is not an aggressive program, but we do believe that having the child go underwater at each lesson is important. While we encourage submersion, each parent may choose for him/herself what is best for his/her child.

The following is a list of tips to have an effective Parent-Tot class with us:

  • Please be on time. That means at the pool, ready to start promptly at class time. Being rushed is not a good start to your swim lessson, nor is becoming anxious by arriving too early.
  • Go to the bathroom right before class. Having to get out of the pool during class can take a lot of time away from your tot’s lesson.
  • Be positive about the pool and about your swim lessons. Saying “it’s cold” or having a negative attitude is easily passed from you to your child. With your encouragement and positive attitude, your child will be more likely to enjoy swim lessons.
  • If needed, please use good swimmie diapers!
  • Typically a child will stay in the parent-tot class until they are three years old. If a child is emotionally ready to be without you when they are two or two and a half, we are happy to try the “big girl/big boy” class. This can be discussed with your instructor.
  • Practice water safety skills and be consistent in enforcing them around all pools/bodies of water.

Remember: there is no substitute for eye-to-eye contact!


Below is a video that demonstrates the swim skills we practice in each Parent-Tot class. As you can see, they are a lot of fun!


for infants ages 6months-10months

Parents in Arizona are very concerned about drowning when it comes to their children. We are encouraged to teach our children to learn to swim at an early age, but how early is too early?

Desert Swim School has always had a dynamic Parent/Tot class filled with songs, games, and highly researched water safety techniques. Our structured program is the perfect mix of fun, safety and the security of mom or dad holding their own tot. Until now, we have enrolled children starting at ten months old…but after months of planning, we have created a very unique program that focuses on infants from six to ten months. Here’s our new program in a nutshell:

  • Seven, 20-minute pool classes
  • Infant CPR for mom and dad

Note: Infant CPR will be held once each session – a 1.5 hour CPR class instructed by our certified instructor, included videos and “hands-on” CPR practice.

Here’s what we will cover in each 20-minute class:

  1. How to get in and out of the water with your baby
  2. How to hold your baby in the water
  3. Bathing safety
  4. Ear safety
  5. Back floating – how to hold your baby, how to get your baby to relax, etc.
  6. General safety tips and guidelines
  7. Water safety concepts
  8. Going over our signature jump in, turn around safety technique in detail and depth
  9. Songs to sing with you baby during lessons and in the tub
  10. Getting the most enjoyment out of the water with your baby
  11. Overcoming fears – how to handle fears that you may have or that your child may develop
  12. Holding breath concepts – how to get your baby to hold the breath without swallowing water
  13. Facts and fallacies about infant and tot swim lessons
  14. What to expect and how to get the most out of the Parent/Tot classes when you get there


Note: Each class will be held with you and your baby in the water. We will go through a series of skills and techniques to get you and your baby more comfortable in the pool together.