My mission is to provide an opportunity for your child to learn the important safety skills
necessary for being in or around the water. My goal is to teach him what he CAN and CANNOT do in order to be safe. In the
process, I want him to develop a healthy respect for the water and his abilities, and to develop a genuine love of being in
the water that will last a lifetime. This will only come from a growing sense of independence and trust in himself, and the
realization that HE has the knowledge to handle himself in any given situation.
My Teaching Style
My methods are slightly backwards from the usual way of teaching swimming.
Many programs spend a lot of time getting your child to "like" the water, then
teach him to swim. In the interim, you end up with a child who "loves the water", but has no idea of how to survive
in an emergency.This is the child who will step beyond his abilities and find himself in serious trouble. A child who loves
water but cannot swim is a drowning accident waiting to happen. For this reason, my goal from the very beginnung is to teach
him to swim. He will learn to love the water when he realizes that he is safe in it in any situation, whether
he can touch the bottom or not.
It is necessary for me to form a trusting relationship with your child, and to bond with him as his instructor.
When we begin, I will be using songs and games to introduce new skills. As time goes on, simple verbal cues will be all that
is needed. Your child will learn to listen to and follow instructions when in and around the water, and to enter the water
only when given permission to do so. I will also be laying the groundwork for proper breathing skills, body position, etc.
I do not teach by the smorgasbord method. That is, each child gets to choose what he or she is willing to do at any given
time. All children perform each task I assign them, to the best of their ability. I never ask them to do
anything which they are not yet capable of doing or for which they have not been thoroughly prepared. My job is to take your
child past his fears and apprehensions and prove to him that he actually can perform all the skills I ask
of him, even when he is convinced that he can't. Completing tasks which he may have thought to be "too
hard" builds confidence and self esteem which often carries over into other aspects of his life such as school and social
situations. I try to impart not just swimming skills, but LIFE skills to your child.