Central Brevard's leading provider of swimming and water safety instruction for infants and children since 2007.
Welcome to Merritt Island Swim School, Central Brevard’s leading Swimming and Water Safety Instruction provider with Master Instructor, Ginger Blackman. Founded in 2007, Merritt Island Swim School has taught thousands of infants and children aquatic independence and problem solving through highly effective, specialized swimming lessons.
All Lessons are taught one-on-one and are individualized to maximize the success of each student and provide the most positive lesson experience possible.
Empower your child with Aquatic Independence, providing them with a solid foundation for a lifetime of safety and fun in the water!
The focus of lessons at MI Swim School is independence and safety in and around the water.
Students at MI Swim School will learn to be self-reliant by learning to swim, rotate into a backfloat position to rest and breathe and other problem-solving skills in order to safely enjoy the water.
Our underlying philosophy is to match confidence with competence and help children become independent and safer in and around the water. We want our students to learn to swim and have fun AND have the basic skills to be self-reliant. In other words, we want them to become aquatic problem solvers.
Please browse the website and complete the Pre-Registration Form for further information and to schedule lessons. We look forward to working with you and your family soon!
Roll’n’Float: Infants 6 to 12+ months
For babies who can sit independently and are beginning to crawl
This is an important safety skill for students who can crawl. After learning to float, he or she will be gradually taught to rotate from a face-down position in the water to a back float. The baby will be taught to rest and breathe on his or her back until picked up. A child who enrolls in the floating class as an infant will learn the correct posture for swimming early, which will facilitate learning at the next level. The typical infant will take approximately 4-6 weeks to attain these skills. Everyone learns at a different pace and lessons are individualized to each baby’s progress and abilities.
Infant Lessons at Merritt Island Swim school are always one-on-one and held 4 days per week, Monday-Thursday for approximately 10 minutes per lesson. Each lesson will conclude on a performance-based exit, not a time-based exit, meaning they will end each lesson on their best performance of the skill we are working on that day, before they become fatigued. Safety is always first and lessons will always end once a student begins to exhibit signs of physical fatigue. New students may have shorter lessons in the beginning as they get used to working hard in the water with their instructor.
Swim-Float-Swim: Children ages 1 – 6 years old
This class is for children over the age of 1 who have been walking independently for at least 6 weeks.
Students are taught to swim though the water (basic crawl stroke), roll on their backs to float, rest and breathe when they need air, and then flip over to continue swimming until they reach a point of safety. This swim-float-swim sequence can be repeated as many times as is necessary to reach safety. Age-appropriate recreational skills are also introduced at this age, including jumping in and swimming back to the side of the pool and back and forth with parents, diving for pool toys, etc.
While the toddler years are the perfect time to begin learning these skills, they can be learned at any age and create a safe swimming foundation for older children as well. This skill set can be achieved in approximately 6-8 weeks for children 3 and under and children over the age of 4 often complete lessons in as few as 4-6 weeks. Everyone learns at a different pace and lessons are individualized to each child’s progress and abilities.
Swim-Float-Swim Lessons at Merritt Island Swim school are always one-on-one and held 4 days per week, Monday-Thursday in 15 minute lesson increments. Lessons are approximately 10-15 minutes long for a total of approximately 1 hour per week. Each lesson will conclude on a performance-based exit, not a time-based exit, meaning they will end each lesson on their best performance of the skill we are working on that day, before they become fatigued. Safety is always first and lessons will always end once a student begins to exhibit signs of physical fatigue. New students may have shorter lessons in the beginning as they get used to working hard in the water with their instructor.
Cost for Lessons at Merritt Island Swim school:
REGISTRATION FEE: $50 for New Students or $25 for returning students (annually) WEEKLY LESSON FEE: $80 DISCOUNTS: A $10 weekly discount is available for siblings participating in lessons at the same time as well as active duty Military, Law Enforcement and 1st Responder families. FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE: I partner with 2 amazing organizations to provide financial assistance for families in need: Live Like Jake and Swim Safe Forever. Visit their websites for information and to apply. *Assistance will only be accepted from one or the other, not both.
Children 7+ Years old
Older children can be more difficult to teach after the age of 6 but it IS possible if they are eager and willing to learn and put their face in the water. Complete the contact form and set up a time to call to discuss your child’s individual needs to determine his or her eligibility to participate.
We believe swimming should be a regular activity to keep skills sharp and constantly developing. After your child has learned to swim and float independently, skill maintenance is crucial! As your child grows and develops, skills need to be fine-tuned and swimming ability should be constantly developed.
Maintenance and Refresher Lessons are available to ensure your child’s skills grow along with their growing bodies and increased strength and coordination.
Once they reach the age of 5 or 6, our students are typically very skilled and competent in the water and are ready to learn competitive strokes, at which time we recommend that they join their local swim team. We have some great swim teams offered through Brevard Parks and Recreation as well as the Cocoa Beach Aquatic Center.
Always remember there is no substitute for adult supervision. MI Swim School strongly encourages a multi-layered approach towards water safety in your home.
Location and Schedule
In order to serve as many families as possible, I teach exclusively from my private, heated, salt pool at my home. I am centrally located on Newfound Harbor Drive in Merritt Island, across from Wal-Mart on SR520.