Infant survival swim training of baby Lucas, who was born prematurely at week 30 + 6 days. After our older daughter went through the same infant survival swim training at SwimKids of Georgia, we decided to sign up Lucas when he was 9 months old.
The purpose of this training is to teach infants and toddlers life-savings skills should they ever accidentally fall into a pool or another body of water. Specifically, infant survival swim classes teach them how to float on their back – a position they can hold for a long time without any effort.
In a second step, infants learn a technique called “swim-float-swim” where they turn around and kick (swim) to get closer to the edge of the pool. If you think infants can’t learn that, think again.
Even though we went through the training with his older sister already, the first couple of weeks were nerve-racking because he was a preemie and developmentally behind his peers of similar biological age. But thanks to the professional trainers at SwimKids of Georgia, our baby-boy was always safe and quickly acquired the necessary skills.
Note that the tool he was training in, doesn’t have any chlorine – it’s salt water. Kids also don’t inhale water, but they swallow some. They also swallow air, which they burp (sometimes with the help of the teacher).
All-in-all, infant survival swim classes are perfectly safe if done properly and by an experienced trainer. More importantly, the infant aquatics skills the kids learn could one day save them from drowning. Both of our kids never had any accidents near the water, but both love to swim. They never had to wear any floatation devices in the pool because they know how to swim. Lucas is now three years old, and he dives and swims, and you can’t get him out of the water when we go to the swimming pool.