Infant & Toddler Swimming Lessons

Infant Aquatics CT

Orange, CT

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About Infant Aquatics CT

Infant Aquatics CT is one of the safest providers of comprehensive swimming and aquatic survival instruction in the country. As the only Instructor for the CT/Westchester County area, I would like to introduce myself and congratulate you on taking the first steps to safeguarding your baby's life in and around the water!

It is my personal mission to do whatever is necessary to ensure that not one more child drowns. I teach in pools throughout Connecticut, including Greenwich, Stamford, New Canaan, Ridgefield, Wilton, Westport, Milford, Bristol, and Newington.

For an additional fee, I will come to your pool for private, at-home lessons. Lesson fees range from $30.00 per lesson to $100.00 per lesson, depending upon the location. YOU MUST CONTACT ME DIRECTLY AT INFANTAQUATICSCT FOR PRICING AND AVAILABILITY.

I typically start teaching children when they begin crawling, generally 6 to 8 months of age. For this age group, we teach survival floating that is, rotating from a facedown position in the water to a survival float.

For children who are walking, or very close to walking, generally around 12 months of age, we teach the swim-float-swim sequence that is, swimming in a face down position, using their arms and legs, similar to a crawl stroke; rolling onto the back to the same survival float; and then flipping back over to continue swimming. Lessons run for 3-6 weeks, depending upon the age of your child. The number of weeks can often depend on the child's abilities since our lessons are child-paced. Please remember every child is different. I want your child to be competent in each skill presented.

All lessons are one-on-one only, and are conducted 4 days per week, Monday through Thursday. Lessons are no more than 10 minutes per day for children under 4 years of age, and 20 minutes per day for children 4 years old and up. The reason lessons are so short is because of the method that we use; we teach this as a sensorimotor skill, meaning through the muscular system, much like learning to walk or ride a bike.

If you think about how children learn to walk, you will see a parallel; children do not learn to walk through a 45-minute lesson twice per week, for example. They learn to walk for a few minutes at a time every day, until you end up with a child who can walk without even thinking about it. This same type of learning is what we use in Infant Aquatic CT lessons, and it is what gives the child's muscles the retention of swimming skills. If a child falls in the water, s/he will be able to come up to the surface of the water to float, rest, and breathe. Just as people do not wake up in the morning and forget how to walk, it is the same with swimming, skiing, or riding a bike; you may be a touch rusty the first time back on the slopes, but the skill is still there.

Location

Orange, CT 06477

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Question and answer

Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?

A. I specialize in infant aquatics and survival swimming. I can have a small child swimming the length of a pool within a few weeks, as opposed to year after year of swimming lessons. My job is to get your child safe around the water as quickly as possible, so that if he/she falls in this summer, they will have the ability to save themselves from a potential drowning situation. I am the only Instructor in the state of Connecticut, and have trained over 750 children. The families who have worked with me are thrilled with the speed and quality of their childrens' training and have written wonderful letters of recommendation, which can be seen on my website.

Q. What do you like most about your job?

A. I love working with the children. There is nothing more fulfilling than taking a small child from a place of fear around the water, to literally diving into the pool and swimming face-down to my hands in a matter of a few days. These children are changed for the rest of their lives. They know that their fears can be conquered and that "I can't do it" is no longer in their vocabulary. The sense of pride I feel for them is immeasurable! Every time I see an infant roll over and float in order to save themselves, I know that I've made a difference in their lives. There is no greater gift than giving parents that kind of peace of mind.

Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

A. Parents typically ask whether their child will have a fear of water during their lessons or when the lessons are finished. Children often fuss in these lessons, but that has nothing to do with the water. It typically is in response to the work that I'm asking them to do while in lessons. Children going through my program will develop a lifelong love and, more importantly, respect for the water. Their new skills will need to be maintained properly so that the child doesn't become rusty, but I do show every parent how to play with their child in the pool before the end of lessons. Most, if not all, of my families see an incredible change in their child/ren's behavior in the water within a few days.

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