Who Needs Floaties?!

Empower your child with the gift of aquatic independence now at MI Swim School!

I am MY OWN flotation device!

Flotation devices such as vests, arm bands, flotation swim suits, etc, give children a false sense of security and hold them in postures that are not compatible with swimming skills. If a child learns that he can jump in the water and go into a vertical posture and he will be able to breathe, he is getting the wrong idea about that environment. Flotation devices are for children who cannot swim. Children who cannot swim should not learn that it is safe to play in the water while relying on a crutch. Life jackets must be worn in a boat or around the water when there is the potential for an accidental submersion; they are not a substitute for the ability to swim or for adult supervision.

At MI Swim School, your child will learn aquatic independence, without the need for these devices. These state-of-the-art lessons teach independent swimming and floating skills to children ages 6 months to 6 years old.

Our goals at Merritt Island Swim school are to create independent aquatic problem solvers. Swimming simply means “to move through the water.”  This definition is open to interpretation. This is why we emphasizes more than just “swimming skills”. We strive to provide a comprehensive swimming and water safety program. We define swimming as the ability to move through the water independently while breathing effortlessly. Many programs (and use of flotation devices) teach children to swim and lift his/her head to breathe. Lifting the head for a breath expends great amounts of energy to attain air and children have limited sustainable energy. The head lift technique will soon fatigue a child. Alternatively, rolling back to float and breathe is effortless, offering unlimited rest and air while in the water, thus equipping the child with aquatic safety skills to potentially save himself in an emergency situation and to SAFELY enjoy the water.   This rotary swimming technique transitions nicely into proper side-breathing postures, backstroke and freestyle swimming as their skills progress.  Most importantly, students will have practiced all swimming and water safety skills while fully clothed, once skills are mastered since statistics show that 86% of children who drown are fully clothed at the time of drowning.

Lessons are offered most of the year (weather permitting) at my private, heated pool.  Now is the perfect time to empower your child with the gift of aquatic independence!  Contact me for more details and lesson information: ginger@miswimschool.com! 


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