Parent/Tot

(10 to 35 months)

At Desert Swim School, we believe in having fun and making the water a positive experience for your tot. In our lessons, you will be exposed to water safety techniques for both you and for your tot (Back floats, the Jump In, Turn Around technique, swimming to the wall and hanging on, etc) These informative and progressive lessons will give the parent valuable tools to help keep your tot safer, and eventually, teach them to swim and be more independent. However, we CAN NOT drown proof your child. There is no substituted for EYE to EYE contact.

 

Your trained and experienced instructor will show you how to properly hold your child in the water, how to safely get in and out of the pool, how to cue correctly so your tot holds their breath and does not swallow water, and how to do our safety skills correctly.

WHAT IS A PARENT-TOT CLASS LIKE?

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!

ABOUT OUR PARENT-TOT SWIM LESSONS:

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 lesson, 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!