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Water Safety for Babies

Sit, Listen, and Wait with Safe Entry

All programs practice our safety skill: Sit, Listen, and Wait with Safe Entry. This skill is enforced every time a student enters the pool, without exception.

Each Baby Swim class begins with the swimmer’s adult placing them on the side of the pool and asking them to wait while the adult enters the water. Once the swimmer has shown that they can wait to enter the water, the adult can invite them to enter safely. The wait time will vary based on the swimmer and the level.

Safe Entry teaches swimmers to roll to their tummy and enter the water feet-first while they hang on the wall with their hands and their head above the water.

These two skills alone can save lives. Advanced self-rescue techniques, while helpful, should not be necessary if a swimmer practices the Sit, Listen, and Wait technique.

Every single second makes a difference. If your swimmer were to enter the pool unsupervised, we hope they would hang on the wall after a Safe Entry, not be struggling in the middle of the pool. We cannot emphasize enough the importance of practicing and reinforcing these techniques during your swimming experiences outside of our swim school.

Turnaround Survival Sequence

The second safety skill introduced in Baby Swim is the Turnaround Survival Sequence. This skill teaches your swimmer how to enter the pool, turnaround, and swim safely, confidently, and effortlessly back to the wall.

Roll-to-Back Safety Sequence

The final safety skill learned in Baby Swim III teaches toddlers, through a progression of skills, how to jump into the pool and roll to their back to breathe.

Please remember that swimming skills are simply one potential prevention strategy and swimming lessons do not “drown-proof” children. Children MUST have constant adult supervision around water at all times.