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We are proud to announce that we are beginning baby swimming classes for even younger babies. Our new infant swimming classes are available for babies 8 weeks and up in age. We have decided to start infant swimming lessons for younger ages because teaching your child to learn how to swim at such a young development stage can have long lasting positive effects on your child. Continue reading in order to obtain the wonderful benefits of infant and baby swimmers.
Parents and Infants Gain a Wealth of Knowledge and Skill Together!
As part of the infant swimming lessons that we provide we also include education and training for the parents. Our baby swimming classes will have a lasting impact on you and your child’s well-being and life around the water.
Swimming reflex goes away after 4-6 months!
Getting your baby in for baby swimming lessons before the ages of 4 months is crucial in order to take advantage of the swimming reflex. The swimming reflex is a natural physical phenomenon that happens to infants before the age of 4-6 months. Babies before the age of 4-6 months will hold their breath and will kick their arms and legs automatically. This reflex goes away by 6 months. Get into our baby swimming lessons today!
Studies show that the epiglottis closes over the larynx when water is accidentally drawn into a child’s mouth. The autonomic spasm forces the glottis to close, thus producing a tight seal and preventing water inhalation into the lungs. The child usually coughs to move the water out of the throat. This reflex is often referred to as the “gag reflex.”
Baby Swimming Lesson Private, Semi-Private or Group (Ages 8 weeks old-3 year olds)
Our instructors are trained to teach at your child’s pace using verbal cues, body language, and positive feedback. Using a gentle, loving approach, our instructors guide your baby in introducing water skills. We teach basic swimming skills such as, back float, kicking, reaching, breath control, and scooping when suitable. No two babies are alike, and they learn and progress at different speeds. Swimming Classes are all 30 minutes in length
During this age it is common for children to go through separation anxiety at different stages of their development. We encourage parent involvement for at least the first week so the child can get use to the instructor and parents can learn as well.
How We Conduct Our Swim Lessons
We are a mobile swim school that teaches in the comfort of your own home or preferred pool. If you are without a pool, no problem, we will teach you at the closest location we have to you. Pick a time that is convenient for you that you have available for the entire week. Otherwise we have a beautiful large saltwater heated pool bordering Oldsmar and Tampa, just off of Hillsborough. We teach in 5 consecutive days Monday-Friday at the time of your choice for the entire week. You will decide how many weeks, after discussing with us your goals and needs. All lessons are 30 mins. in length. Our time of operation is from 8 am – 8 pm. Now to proceed, get your dates and times you are 100% available and call us (813) 855-0491, we sign everyone up over the phone because we still believe in the personal touch. We take all credit cards. Remember, swimming is an investment in either yourself or your children.
Baby swim classes and brain development:
The following is to reveal more important factors as to why the early movement is essential to early learning. Children without motor stimulation cannot learn. Movement and experience helps an infant gather information. Sensory information comes from the environment by way of a child’s skin, nose, eyes, ears, taste buds and nerve receptors.
Recent research reveals that babies are spending up to 60 waking hours a week in baby carriers, car seats, high chairs etc. (Pica 2006) Precious developmental time is spent in confinement with little opportunity to increase their balance, stability, sensory/motor and cognitive skills. (Lana Whitehead 2010) Brain priming movements revealed are based on building and improving these neurological pathways. Thus, the key to early learning is stimulated by reflexes which develop into movement exploration. Once the exploration experiences are repeated, nerve pathways are created and neural memories are established. These neural pathways set down intricate networks that direct a child’s higher level brain development. The more plentiful and diverse the experiences, the more complex patterns for memory, learning and reasoning will be established. (Hannaford 2005)