The Mom and Tot Experience

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Overview

Baby Floating with Sunglasses

Nearly 2 million people learn to swim each year with American Red Cross Programs. Children as young as 6 months are included in this number. The American Red Cross Parent and Child Aquatics program builds swimming readiness from the ages of 6 months to 5 years of age. Learning to swim can be a scary and confusing process for both children and parents. However, participation in a learn to swim program is important.

Parents and children participate in the instruction together in order to help lay the foundation for future swimming lessons. You will gain information and learn techniques that will enable your children to develop skills such as:

  • Water Entry
  • Bubble Blowing
  • Front Kicking
  • Back Floating
  • Under Water Exploration
  • Exposing your child to water in a safe and fun environment can be done as early as birth. Many of the skills that you will be introduced to during your "Mom and Tot Experience" can be practiced at home in the bathtub. You know your child best, therefore when you're comfortable with the idea of water and swimming your child will also begin to feel more comfortable. It is not uncommon for anxious parents to become overwhelmed with a situation that is uncomfortable for their child and do not continue with lessons.