Please watch the level introductory video before starting the lessons
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Skill 1 – Conditioning

This skill shows parents how to prepare their baby to go swimming. We start by showing you how to safely and gradually get your child accustomed to taking a breath and closing their eyes every time they hear the key-words Name, Ready Go. This video will also show how to safely go to the pool for the first time and offer lots of tips about making your baby enjoy their aquatic experience.
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Skill 2 – Front Float

Once your child has been conditioned to take a breath and you are both comfortable being in a pool, front floating is the next step. A big mistake is trying to submerge or dunk children underwater, which only frightens them and actually increases the chance they will ingest water. Instead a slow, gradual approach of floating with the face in the water in needed. Watch the holds and placement of the hands carefully, this is crucial.
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Skill 3 – Back Float

Back-floating is when a child can lie comfortably and relaxed on their back at the surface of the water. Some children find this skill very easy, others quite difficult. Back-floating is an essential safety skill that all kids need to learn, and often relies on correct instruction and lots of practice. The key is to break the skill down and only progress when your baby is comfortable.
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Skill 4 – Submersion

Going under the water is when the real fun starts for both parents and children. This is when we begin to see babies move freely and be challenged by the aquatic environment. As always, you follow our step by step process and gradually increase the distance and type of submersion. This skill eventually will have your child swimming towards the pool edge and grabbing on for safety.
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Skill 5 – Turning & Resurfacing

It is vital that all parents practice skills that will enable a child to get to the side of a pool if they happen to fall in accidently. The two primary tools a baby will need for this is the ability to turn in both directions as well as swimming back to the water’s surface. Small steps are needed but practicing these skills is fun and rewarding.
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Skill 6 – Safety Basic

Children will always be safer around water when they become aware of what is dangerous. This sounds simple but is often neglected by parents eager to get their child swimming. Children should never enter a pool area without a parent’s presence or permission. The skills shown here will hopefully allow you to condition your child so they will not place themselves in a potentially deadly situation. The more barriers of protection you create the better.
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