FAQs

What is survival swimming?


The ability to float and breathe, regardless of the water’s depth, for an indefinite period of time. The most essential survival swimming skill we teach is how to roll from a face-down position in the water to a face-up independent back float. Infants and toddlers cannot raise their heads to take a breath. If your child falls face down into the water, knowing how to roll onto a face-up back float can save a life! If your baby is walking, then he/she can also learn to swim to the pool edge or steps, rolling over to breathe whenever air is needed.




Are Infant Aquatics 614 lessons only for infants?


No! We teach students 6 months old-adults!




How are Infant Aquatics 614 lessons different from other swim lessons?


Infant Aquatics 614 teaches survival swimming in just weeks! Students learn to survive drowning risks through self-rescue techniques while fully clothed. Roll over breathing is a technique that many schools and learn-to-swim teachers don’t even attempt because it takes time, skill and patience. But once children learn to roll over to float, relax and breathe whenever air is needed, they can truly swim, stay afloat, conquer fear and experience the joy of swimming.




What are survival swimming lessons like?


Our instructor customizes private lessons, gently encouraging each student’s unique needs and abilities. Infants younger than 1 year first learn to hold their breath underwater. Next, they learn to float on their backs. Then they learn to rotate from a face-down position to a face-up back-float. Students who are walking learn to hold their breath underwater and propel for a short distance on their tummies by kicking their feet. They learn to roll over and float on their backs to breathe, then flip back onto their tummies and swim again: swim-float-swim. Once children acquire their skills, instructors test them in clothes to better prepare them for unexpected falls into the water.




How are lessons structured?


Private lessons are 10-20 minutes at a time in order to avoid exhaustion. New students are required to attend 3-4 lessons per week until they master survival floating or survival swimming. Every student progresses at their own unique pace. Students usually take 24 lessons to master aquatic survival. After mastering an aquatic survival program, students are highly encouraged to continue with lessons once a week. This allows students to grow with their skills, build confidence, and learn new skills!




What to do after mastering survival swimming?


Students are highly encouraged to continue lessons at least once per week. Students can practice their survival swimming skills so they do not out grow them. They also learn new skills and stokes! Infant Aquatics 614 takes students from complete beginners to advanced swimmers.




How long does it take to learn survival swimming?


Many students are "swimming" after only a few lessons. Usually, students require 24 lessons to master survival floating or swimming. Frequency and consistency are key to acheivement.




How can you teach a baby who cannot talk?


Swimming and floating are motor skills that can be taught to a baby through repetitive exercises, along with gentle verbal encouragement. We show the babies what we want them to do, and over a short period of time, they learn the skills necessary to survive. Be assured, we do not throw children into the water! Our goal is to make learning fun so that your child will love his water experience.




How do I enroll?


Contact us to reserve a spot on the schedule! email: Swim@infantaquatics614.com call/text: 614-300-5765




Will my child cry during lessons?


Some children will cry. Children cry for different reasons. First, they are in a new environment with a new person. Second, they are learning a completely new skill. Our goal is to get your child comfortable and happy as soon as possible. Once your child learns their new skill and gains confidence they will not cry.




What if my child doesn't want to take lessons?


It’s in the best interest of your child to continue in their lessons. Remember the benefits and the alternative. At first, the child may have very resistant behavior – but eventually, the teacher will bring out THE BEST in your child. We guarantee that you will be indescribably proud of your child (and of yourself) for having persevered.




How should we prepare for lessons?


Children 4 & under are required to wear tightly fitting, reusable swim diapers. Make sure to bring 2 towels to fully dry your child after lessons. Some days your instuctor may ask you to bring certain types of clothes for your child to swim in.




Are advanced lessons available?


Students are required to learn survival swimming before progressing to other skills. Once they have completed survival swimming, students can practice those skills and learn recreational and competitive swimming techniques.




I don't live in Central Ohio, where else can I enroll in lessons?


Infant Aquatics insturctors are all over the world! Find an Infant Aquatics instructor near you! https://www.infantaquatics.com/survival-swim-instructors




Why do Infant Aquatics 614's lessons seem more expensive than other swim schools?


They actually are not. A private lesson is $25 which is even cheaper than some group rates at other pools. Infant Aquatics scholarships are available for families in need: http://cwcfoundation.wixsite.com/coltcatalina/scholarship-form Infant Aquatics 614 is one of the only survival swimming schools in central Ohio. And, you must keep in mind, that you are buying private lessons for your child. Instead of your child being one of many depending on the student / teacher ratio, our Aquatic Survival program is one-on-one with your child and the teacher being the only ones in the water. Not just does your child get our undivided attention, the result of that type of training is that in 4 - 6 weeks from now, your child has a fighting chance to survive an aquatic accident. We encourage you to shop around, but compare results as much as pricing.




Are swimming lessons for infants and small children safe?


YES! The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) now recommends swimming and/or survival lessons for children at 1-year old. Drowning is the #1 cause of death for children 1-4 years old. Knowing how to self-rescue is an essential skill that every child deserves to know.





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