Ducklings are a little unsure about this whole swim class thing. They’re often anxious about getting in the water, especially when they see you’re not in it with them!
If your child would rather get a shot than get their face wet, would prefer to only be with Mommy thankyouverymuch, and runs from the sound of the bathtub, this is the level for you.
Ducklings will learn the following:
- Parent Trust
Child is maturing through their separation anxiety and learning to trust that their parent will return at the end of class.
- Teacher Trust
Child is learning to respond well to the Professor while building a bond that helps them progress in the water.
- Introduction for the Happy Swimmer
Child’s interest in the water, pool toys, and other learning aids is increasing. They are showing increased teacher trust and excitement for swimming.
- Social Skills
Child is either watching or interacting with other children for the benefits of a socialized learning environment. This helps with cue recognition, sharing, and teacher interaction.
- Water Comfort
Child is comfortable being completely wet. This includes having water sprinkled over the face or being gently splashed.
- Introduction to Breath Control
Child is learning how to hold their breath while beginning the first steps toward submersion. Professor uses a proper cue before slowly introducing the submersion.
- Stationary Back Float
Child is learning to float comfortably while being held by a Professor without moving. Stationary floating helps the child learn to position their body on top of the water and successfully float independently.
- Introduction to Roll Overs
Child is learning to roll from front to back with the help of a Professor. Rolling over teaches the child how to take a breath while swimming.
- Paddle Arms
Child is learning to splash and move their hands in the water while being supported by the Professor.
- Safety Jump
Child is learning a fully assisted jump off the side of the pool while being held by the Professor. Child does not submerge until independence/confidence grows.
- Increased Curiosity and Enjoyment
Child’s interest in the water, pool toys, and other learning aids is increasing. They are showing progressive trust in the Professor and showing excitement at swim class.
- Independence, Confidence, and Safety
Child’s understanding of boundaries and safety rules is growing. Child’s comfort level is established enough to grow independence and want to try new things. Child has overcome any separation or water anxiety.