Toddlers Program

Shapland Swim School - Toddler Swimming Lessons

  1. Once your child has learnt to overcome the gravitational forces acting on their bodies to the point where they can stand and walk, then it is imperative they are introduced to the water in a very careful manner so they do not get a fright when those gravitational forces they have been fighting for the last 12-14 months are partially and fully removed in the water. This is where our pool design comes into its own as each Shapland Swim School pool has eight different depths of water. We use these different depths of water to gradually introduce your child to how their body now reacts when those gravitational forces are reduced and or removed.
  2. As soon as your child relaxes in the water we then show them how they can go under the water and hold their breath.
  3. Once your child can control their breathing and go under the water they then learn how the water holds them up so they won’t ever sink to the bottom of the pool provided their lungs are full of air. This is one reason we do not teach our toddlers to blow bubbles during the early stages of their skill development.
  4. As soon as your child realizes the water will always hold them up then we teach them how to hold the water with their hands and feet and start moving through the water. It is at this stage in swimming lessons we introduce some safety skills e.g. falling in off the side of the pool, turn around, swim back to the side of the pool and then reach up and grab the side.
  5. The last step is, once your toddler can hold the water well, we teach them how to lift their mouth out of the water and take a breath.
  6. Being able to lift their mouth out of the water gives your child the skill to then start swimming longer distances and the minimum requirement in our learn to swim program is for a child to swim 6.25m and be able to pop their mouth up out of the water and take two or more breaths while swimming across the pool.

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