Growing up with a pool, I knew how to swim at an early age. My brother and I learned to swim because of the strong desire to imitate my oldest brother, who was diving and jumping and having a great time, we wanted to do that.
As it happens, my sisters were the complete opposite. Their push to swim did not come from a desire of imitation; but, a necessity to survive in a family of swimmers. Even then, one succeeded and the other did not. To this day, my oldest sister still cannot swim.
Last week, ISR Swim School started here at Aquarama Pools. This program is designed to teach infants how to survive, if they fell into a pool or any body of water.
The parents began to arrive and quickly outfitted their children in the needed gear to start swimming. Now, it’s easy to imagine a toddler learning to swim as their mind has developed enough to make visible responses to our instructions. However, many of these young swimmers are infants, who are still adapting to this new world.
Children grow up and learn to fear water, as they know they cannot breathe while under it. Infants on the other hand, are wild and bold. Fears that have yet to become developed, do not hold them back as any parent will tell you. This is one key factor in teaching them to swim early on.
Although many are quick learners, these amateur swimmers did not quickly take to the water. Screams split the normally calm air here, causing fellow employees to quickly come and check out the commotion. With strong hands, the expert instructor takes on each child as if they were her own. Carefully molding these young swimmers to make sure they will be safe after they leave her care.
Looking back, I can only imagine the change my sister would have experienced if she was given the same instructions at such an early age. Considering the positive impact these classes have on each of the infants and their parents, our employees quickly relate to a sense of accomplishment. To share in this amazing achievement and know that through their support here at Aquarama, these little ones will learn to love the water.