Sarasota Swim Academy is a proud partner with the nationally acclaimed
SwimAmericaTM learn to swim program for children 3-4 years and older
LEARN TO SWIM Registration form LEARN TO SWIM Schedule & Rates
When should my child learn to swim?
As soon as your child is capable of independent motion, they are capable of getting into water and drowning.
Therefore, water conditioning and water adaptation lessons should begin as early as 1 week old or as soon as possible.
Sarasota Swim Academy's Learn to Swim lessons are for children already comfortable in the water and comfortable moving and walking in the water without assistance.
If your child is not yet comfortable independently moving and walking in the water,
the WATER SMART- skill building class may be the perfect beginning
Skills and Goals
Our skill station classes range from basic to advanced and are based less on age and more on the swimming skills your child possesses. Your child progresses at their own speed and athletic ability.
(for children 3-4 years and older)
If your child is not yet comfortable in the water,
the WATER SMART class may be a perfect class to start.
WATER SMART-SKILL BUILDER CLASS- for children 2+ years and older new to the water environment.
This class is for a new swimmer who is not yet able to put their face comfortably in the water and not able to move independently in water up to their waist without holding on to the edge of pool or adult. Also, the WATER SMART-skill builder class is for the child that has been dependent on floatation devises for their water experience.
The WATER SMART-skill builder class will quickly teach confidence and independence, as well as, the initial skills of putting their face in the water, buoyancy, balance and independent movement in the water.
Once a swimmer achieves independent movement and able to submerge their face and head under the water, SWIMMERS will advance to Level 1 of the Learn to Swim group class where they will proceed to learn proper air exchange (BUBBLES) and learn proper body swim positions..
Bubbles aka PROPER BREATH EXCHANGE is for beginners, however all students begin in BUBBLES to ensure proper breath control. This class includes introduction to the basic skills necessary for swimming. We work on gradual water adaptation, movement in the water, BIG breath and slow release, submersions of the face, opening eyes underwater, blowing bubbles and air exchange. Swimmers gain water confidence, master submerging their face in the water, resurface and taking a relaxed big breath.
We also introduce proper body positioning, streamline and front and back floats and BIG SMILES. Proper Breath Exchange is crucial to a confident and safe swimming experience and technique.
Floats and Glides is appropriate for swimmers who are comfortable taking a deep breath, after exhaling all their air under the water-BUBBLES- and doing 10 relaxed bobs with air exchange. Swimmers will be taught to front float and recover, front glide and recover, back float and recover, and back glide and recover.
Kicking is appropriate for swimmers that know how to comfortably take a deep breath, exhale while their face is underwater, with proper breath exchange-BUBBLES, and float on their stomach and back independently. Swimmers will be taught proper flutter kick and will learn kicking skills with front/back glide.
Crawl Stroke is appropriate for swimmers who have mastered breath control-BUBBLES and Big Breath, body position and kicking on their front and back on top of the water. Swimmers will be taught to rollover front to back and back to front, also side breathing position (side glide position with scissor kick) for the crawl arm stroke. Swimmers will learn short front crawl swim.
STATION 5-6: combination
Freestyle is appropriate for swimmers who can swim on top the water with crawl stroke (no doggy paddle) but stop when they need to take a breath. Swimmers will be taught the front crawl stroke (freestyle) with continuous side breathing.
Backstroke is appropriate for swimmers who can GLIDE on their backs. Swimmers will be taught to roll over on their back, swim back stroke, roll over to front float and swim free style.
Breaststroke: appropriate for swimmers who swim Freestyle and backstroke. Swimmers will be taught introduction to breaststroke kick, & stroke.
Swimmers advance to STOKE SCHOOL when they have mastered a 25-yard freestyle swim, 25-yard backstroke swim in water over their head.
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Holding your breath & Swimming under the water IS NOT SWIMMING .
DOGGY PADDLING IS NOT SWIMMING.
At Sarasota Swim Academy, we use a high standard. WE TEACH SWIMMING. We are in business to save lives.
That means a person can maintain themselves indefinitely in the water. To do so, requires proper air exchange and control your breathing, requires the ability to exhale used air and inhale new air. That's called Aerobic Swimming. (just like being able to talk while you jog!).
We introduce this skill in our BABY/ME class as early as 10 months old.
Our standard is that a person should be able to swim 300 yards non-stop, and swim 6 different styles of swimming, to be considered a "swimmer." 300 yards is important. Scientists have found that humans can swim 200 yards without being able to breathe effectively. But without the ability to breathe effectively, eventually that person will get in trouble, and possibly endanger their life. We went 1/3 beyond that point to set our standard of 300 yards of non-stop swimming. That goal won't be quickly achieved. It takes time. But it can save your child's life. That's worth the investment of time.
After all, learning to swim is a LIFETIME GIFT.
The pool is not a place for play.
If your child is in the pool, we urge parents to incorporate ALL SKILLS and lessons as an interactive practice, encouraging your child to work on their water adaptation, breath control, kicking and independent mobility on the surface of the water.
NEVER USE FLOATIES OR FLOATATION DEVISES AS A SUBSTITUTE FOR ADULT SUPERVISION.
for more information on our policy
A CHILD MUST NEVER BE IN OR NEAR WATER OF ANY KIND,
WITH OUT AN ADULT'S TOTAL EYES ON SUPERVISION!
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