It is probably no surprise that the human brain is most adaptable during a child's first three years of life. It may be more surprising, however, to know that the entire course of one’s life is also largely determined during these early years. The foundations for an individual’s physical and mental health…
Today we are proud to announce our new 10 Level Curriculum. Levels 1-6 are our Safety Levels and Levels 7-10 are our Technique Levels.
We have worked for more than 30 years to perfect our ability to teach children to swim and we have never shied away from making changes when we find a better way of doing things. We don't believe in continuing to do things the way they have been done just because. We care about our ability to teach our students and when we know we can do better, we're going to make that happen.
What this Means
From the outside, the changes are relatively small and highly specific, so you won't likely notice much of a difference in our teaching. What you will notice, is increased communication with you from our office and instructors about your child and their progress! Each time your child advances, you will receive an update on their accomplishment and what they will be working on moving forward. We're excited to celebrate your children's achievements with you!
Levels 1-6 are primarily designed to teach water safety using the Swim-Float-Swim technique. By breaking our curriculum down into small bite-sized skills, our students are able to gradually and progressively develop the ability to Swim-Float-Swim across the pool.
Rec Centers and other swim schools teach with different curriculums that vary in how detailed they get in their break down of skills. But the results we have seen, and continue to see, has us convinced that our private lesson based curriculum does it best.
Our Technique Levels shadow the Red Cross' Curriculum, focusing first on freestyle and gradually developing the other competitive swim strokes. When students reach these levels we often graduate them into one of our stroke groups where they benefit from positive peer pressure and longer lessons to build their endurance.
Adolph Kiefer won the Backstroke in the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games. He then returned to the states, enlisted in the Navy, and established the Navy's first first real survival swimming course. Adolph was a water safety pioneer and did much to advance awareness of the benefits of swimming.
He experienced first hand the benefits of one of SwimKids foundations of swimming.
"[Thinking] back to his first experience in the water, when he was playing near a canal in Chicago and fell in, [Adolph] survived by turning over on his back...It was not something he had been taught, but whether it was serendipitous or instinctive, that simple movement saved his life - and changed it forever."
All month we will be sharing both fun and informational resources on how to keep your kids safe both in and around water.
Take our quiz to find out what kind of swimmer your child is and share your results with your friends.
An introduction to the Why, What, and How of SwimKids
I started thinking about swimming lessons when my oldest daughter was barely six months old. We had just moved next to an open canal, and I was naturally concerned for her safety. I had almost drowned when I was seven because I didn’t know how to swim, and I wanted to avoid that for my daughter. I began researching what the youngest age was that you could teach a child to swim; I was going to keep my daughter safe.
Even before my research into children’s swimming began, I had a natural affinity for children. I had always loved kids and had chosen to study early childhood education in college. I loved watching their curiosity and excitement for life, and found real joy in being able to teach them new skills. Seeing children’s faces light up with enthusiasm was always really fun for me. My early swimming research built on my degree and helped me see that even a child as young as my daughter could learn to swim. And so, SwimKids was born to teach kids life skills through hands on education.
Every child begins with a different comfort level in the water. Some are eager to jump in while others cling to mom hoping they won’t have to get wet. 30+ years and thousands of children have taught us that the best way to address this variation in desire and ability is to teach private, one-on-one swim lessons. One-on-one instruction allows us the flexibility to meet each individual child where they are, and tailor the instruction to their specific needs.
It is foolish to assume that children of the same age will all swim at the same level. We deliberately don’t teach group lessons for new swimmers, and focus instead on private instruction. This allows us to give each child what they individually need, ensuring they progress. Because our instructors are able to focus on one child at a time instead of having to try and keep track of four to six kids, each child’s safety is ensured and they are provided with the best possible environment for success.
We teach short 15-minute lessons. Learning to swim is hard work. Short, but focused, private, one-on-one lessons are perfectly suited to young children’s limited attention and physical ability.
On average, we can teach a three year old that has never been under the water, our swim-float-swim technique in 16 lessons.
At SwimKids, our goal is to teach children real skills while also building their confidence. Our lessons provide a low stress environment to help children both learn to swim, and to enjoy the water.
We hope to swim with you soon!
(Note: This post is the first in a serious of posts that will explore why SwimKids was started, what it is we do, and how we do it. Stay tuned to learn more.)
Liz Walker is the founder and owner of SwimKids Utah. She is the mother of 5 children, grandmother to 7, and lives in Utah. When she isn't busy running her company, she can usually be found spending time with her grandchildren, teaching them something.
Do you have questions about our program, or teaching method? Are you interested in swimming at one of our locations in Holladay, Riverton, St. George, or one of our outdoor pools?
Give us a call at 801-944-8811
Beginning May 30 we will be teaching lessons in our new Provo, Utah location Monday-Friday 8am-1pm. We're extremely excited about this new location and hope that the added convenience will make your lessons that much better.
We are grateful to all our loyal customers who have endured 30+ minute drives to our Holladay location these many years. We know it isn't easy getting here from Utah Valley, but no more! Register for your lessons today.
For details about our Provo pool, or any of our other locations, visit our Locations page.
Summer Swim Prep
The worst of the inversion is over, the winter is thawing, and people are beginning to spend more time outside. April has given us plenty of showers and May is sure to flower. Needless to say, spring is upon us and summer is just around the corner. Now is the time to get your children safe and swimming.
If you hadn't thought about it yet, getting your child (and yourself) into swimming lessons before summer hits is the best way to ensure your child is safe. Then, when the first pool day comes, your kids will be ready to hit the pool swimming.
We now have 7 pools to choose from: three indoor; Holladay, Provo, and St. George; and four outdoor; Midvale, Sandy/Draper, Herriman, and Lehi. Register now at a location near you!
This summer we are excited to be teaching at 4 outdoor locations.
Every summer we have more students than we could possibly teach at our indoor Holladay pool, and more people who would like lessons closer to their homes. Because of this, each summer we lease backyard swimming pools in neighborhoods all over Utah.
Click the links below for more information about our outdoor pools or to register for swim lessons.