Teaching the science of swimming since 2003!


Survival  FAQ'S

Do they actually learn to swim?

  • Yes, and quickly! 
  • Most Survival students will master these skills in two months or less. 
  • We are the ONLY swim school in the Triangle that offers baby classes with these results.

What if my child can't put their face in the water?

  • Breath control is a skill; submerging the head is not.  From the first lesson, children are introduced to submersions and taught to hold their breath safely.  Practicing pouring water on your faces together in the bathtub before your lessons begin may help increase their comfort level with water on the face.

How long are survival lessons?

  • 15 minutes for infant/toddler survival.

Why classes only 15 minutes?

  • Young children learn better in shorter classes spread out over many days.  Most children take about 16-30 fifteen-minute lessons to master the skills.  The more times per week you choose, the faster they will learn.

Will my child cry?

  • It is normal for young children to cry when learning difficult new skills without their parents
  • A positive attitude from caregivers is very helpful towards overcoming initial fears.  Once they are skilled, many students are so happy to swim all by themselves that they cry when it's time to get out of the pool!

What if my child doesn't like the lessons?  Should I stop?

  • Please do not begin our program unless you fully intend to finish.  We do everything we can to make learning to swim an enjoyable experience for your child.  Many children take a few weeks to work through their feelings about the water.  It is a new environment where they are being asked to work very hard without Mom or Dad.  Some amount of resistance is to be expected during the learning process.  Please remember that it is not learning how to swim that's fun, but knowing how to swim that's fun.

What will my child learn in this Survival class?

  • All children will learn to attain and maintain a survival back float from any fall-in situation and wait until help arrives. 
  • Children who can walk well (usually around 15 months and up) will also learn to swim a short distance in between back floats, repeated until they reach a safe location or get out of the pool. 

How long will the program take?

  • Generally it takes about 15-30 survival lessons for children to complete the program. 
  • Factors that influence this time are child's age, developmental abilities, child attitude, parent attitude, and child's skills prior to lessons.

How does my child graduate from this program?

  • To pass Survival, children will complete a simulated drowning scenario with clothes and shoes.  This is because over eighty percent of children who drown are fully clothed.  Clothing and shoes can make it difficult for children to perform their swimming skills, so we make sure they practice under supervision in case the unthinkable happens and they have to do it alone.  After they pass their clothing test, you may stop lessons or continue in a once a week stroke class to strengthen their survival skills and begin learning competitive swimming basic

Do you use floaties?  Can I use them?  What about goggles?

  • We do not use any flotation devices in our school and recommend that you do not use them at home.  Flotation devices give children a false sense of security and teach them to swim vertically in the water.  If your child has used one, your lessons may take longer because they must unlearn incorrect postures before we can teach them correct ones.
  • Goggles may be used in Stroke classes but are not allowed in Survival.  A child who falls in unexpectedly will probably not be wearing goggles and must be able to open their eyes and swim without them.