What Can Children Learn?

Infants six to twelve months can learn to:

  • hold their breath in the water
  • roll from a face-down position to a face up back float
  • float, relax and breathe until rescued by an adult
  • perform these skills fully clothed

Particularly active infants may also learn to propel a short distance through the water between two parents. Learning these skills takes approximately 12 to 20 lessons.


Children who are walking (1-6 years) can learn to:

  • hold their breath in the water
  • swim with their face in the water to the steps, side, or parent
  • roll over onto their back when they need to breathe
  • flip back onto their tummy to continue to swim until reaching their destination, or roll to their back should they need to breathe again
  • perform these skills fully clothed

The timeframe for mastering these skills is typically 16 to 24 lessons.

Ask Yourself: How Would Your Child React?