Starfish Swimmers Survival Swim


Excel Aquatics Starfish Swimmers

Survival Lessons for 6 Months - 3 Years


Starfish Swimmers is not your ordinary swim program. We use a specialized program that can be geared to the unique needs of each child we teach, ensuring a safe, effective and fun learning environment. All lessons are one-on-one with a highly qualified instructor to ensure an individualized learning environment for each child, every day. Kids who finish our program are not only safer in and around the water; they are able to really swim with their parents and have a good time!

While the focus at Starfish Swimmers is on survival and water safety, children ages 6 months-3 years learn solid swimming skills that give them a strong foundation for a lifelong love of the water. Teaching competence before confidence, kids learn that aquatic environments are to be respected but also offer ample opportunities for fun!

Note: While our top priority is your child's safety, NO ONE is "drown proof"--not even the strongest swimmer. Starfish Swimmers Survival Swim Lessons should be part of a comprehensive drowning prevention strategy that also includes adult supervision, barriers to the water and CPR training.

Roll To Float - 6-14 Months Old

A child as young as 6 months old will learn how to hold his breath underwater, roll onto his back and float unassisted until help arrives. Toward the end of his lesson session, he will have opportunities to perform his survival skills fully clothed, helping him to become a master aquatic problem solver. Besides mastering critical survival skills, a child who enrolls early has the benefit of solidifying good swim posture to facilitate learning more complex swimming skills. Lessons for this age group typically last 4-6 weeks, assuming consistent 4 days/week attendance.

Swim-Float-Swim - 1-3 Years Old

Children in this age group are taught the basic roll-to-float as well as independent swimming. Students learn to hold their breath underwater and swim with their face in the water for up to 5 seconds. When they are tired and need to breathe, they will independently roll-to-float to rest, and then will flip over to resume swimming from the float when ready. They will continue the swim-float-swim sequence as many times as needed until they reach safety.

After completing this course, your child will have learned survival skills necessary to save himself from a potential drowning situation along with the enjoyment of recreational swimming. A maintenance schedule is recommended to preserve and strengthen skills as your child grows. This skill set can be achieved in approximately 5-7 weeks of lessons, 4 days/week.

Refresher Lessons

As your child grows, his survival swimming skills will need to grow with him. Like riding a bike or roller skating, swimming is a “sensori-motor” skill—one that is not forgotten, but one that needs practice and fine-tuning so that a child is a proficient and confident as they were when they originally mastered the skill.
Infants should return the following year to learn the full swim-float-swim sequence. They will need adjustments to their float due to growth, just like the older students. But this is the fun year—to most casual observers, they look too young to swim, but in reality they are confident and ready to amaze everyone poolside.
To see schedules and register for classes you should visit the Program Registration area.