What is Infant Swim Survival?

Infant Swim Survival' is a programme that teaches children the skills to be self-reliant in water.

What will your child learn?


 Each child will learn:

  • ​To hold their breath under water

  • To roll on their back from any position

  • To float unassisted, rest and breathe until help arrives

  • To perform these self rescue skills first in a swimsuit

  • then fully clothed

Older children will then learn how to flip back over to swim, this is called the Swim Float Swim Sequence.

About the lessons:

This survival method has been researched, developed and proven to safely teach children how to enjoy the fun of water whilst at the same time teaching life saving survival skills.

Unlike other swimming programme's 'Infant Swim Survival' lessons are:

  • Taught on a one to one basis by a certified instructor

  • Scheduled 4/5 days a week (students attend Monday to Friday every day)

  • Each lesson is around 10 minutes long

  • The programme is typically 4/6 weeks long

How the lessons begin:

  • The instructor will gently introduce your child to the water

  • The instructor will work with your child to get to know them and build a level of trust 

  • Once these things are established the child will then begin to learn the skills  



How can a child learn in 10 minutes and why is it 4/5 days a week?

Most swimming lessons are around 30-45 minutes long and have as many as 6 or more children in a class, which works out around 5-7 minutes of actual instruction time for each child.'Infant Swim Survival' lessons are 10 minutes per lesson which may seem very short but remember that each lesson is private and one to one so the child is getting 100% undivided attention from the instructor.

Though the lesson is short it will be very intense, and it is proven that children learn through repetition which is the reason it is 4/5 days continuous.

How will the child react to the lesson?

Every child is different.'Infant Swim Survival' is not like traditional swimming lessons, it is a drowning prevention programme that teaches survival.

Your child may not happily skip to his/her lesson each day, but sometimes as a parent, you make sure your child does things for his/her safety, like receiving vaccinations and wearing a seat belt, because you know they are important.

The same can be said for 'Infant Swim Survival'

Why parent's don't participate in every lesson?

We don't want the child to initially associate the water with love, attention and affection of the parent. This can give a false sense of security to the child and we want them to focus 100% on the lesson.

It takes a lot of concentration and objectivity to teach the child how to respond to an aquatic emergency and research shows that parents often find it too difficult to be objective, effective teachers with their own children in the water. I will get parents in the water with their child once i feel its necessary.


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