One of the most important things you can do for your child is teach them how to swim. According to the National Safe Kids Campaign drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury-related death to children ages 1-14.
With the rise of backyard swimming pools and other places like the
beach and lakes, everyone should know how to swim. I live in Florida
and every year I hear about children drowning, an accident that could
have been prevented. It is so important for every child to have at least
a basic knowledge of swimming.
There are three main sources of information I used to build this site. The
first is Marla Bolling, a swim instructor from St. Augustine, who has been
teaching swimming lessons for 25 years. The second is Gretchen Mack, the
founder of the Water Babies Swim School. The third is my own experience.
I have been swimming for all of my life, I was taught to swim when I was a
baby because we had a pool in my backyard. I taught swim lessons four summers
and draw from that experience as well as my four years of coaching.
The site is divided into different categories based on age. However, if you
feel your child has already reached that level you should look ahead, always
remember that every child progresses at their own pace. Patience is the key
in all of this; be patient with your child and they will respond. However,
this site does NOT qualify you to be a swim instructor. For that the Red
Cross offers a course (there is a link to the Red Cross) if you are interested
in becoming one.
If you have questions or suggestions on how the site would be more helpful feel free to e-mail me.
Before You Begin
Ages 2 and Under
Toddler: Ages 2-4
Ages 4 and Older
Swimming Beyond Lessons