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
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.