Learning to Swim: The Preschool Years – Wallen Swim School in Roseville & El Dorado Hills
The preschool years (1-6) are a great time to introduce your little ones to swimming lessons if you haven’t already done so. At this age, children are ready to learn basic swim skills and essential water safety lessons. They thrive in our small group classes, which are chock full of fun. Your child’s safety and well-being are our top priority while learning to swim, and you can observe their lessons from our parent’s and caregiver’s viewing area.
Our highly trained instructors will take your preschooler through their lessons with constant supervision, enthusiasm, encouragement, and engaging water play. Preschoolers can learn and master safe water entries, submersion, floats, glides, kicking, and more! Our instructors are in tune with your little one’s confidence and willingness to take that next big step. Our focus is always on providing a safe, inclusive, and motivating class for your children. Our goal is your child’s success in learning to swim and be water safe.
While some learn to swim programs are structured around the completion of levels, we take a more advanced teaching approach at Steve Wallen Swim School that recognizes your child’s successes. You may be familiar with a level system that holds your child back unless all level items are completed to a set standard. We believe that all of your child’s swimming successes should be recognized and that your child should be consistently challenged.
If your child struggles with one skill, there is no value in holding them back from learning and progressing with other skills. That’s why at Steve Wallen Swim School, we celebrate milestones with our ribbon program. Each significant skill, such as getting their face wet for the first time or a deep-water dive, is recognized with a colorful ribbon. Your child will love collecting our 15 ribbons, culminating with the golden “Champion Swimmer” ribbon!
Did you know that healthychildren.org recommends that parents prioritize learning to swim for the entire family because it will help prevent accidental drowning? Further, they state that the AAP recommends swimming lessons begin at age one as a “layer of protection against drowning.” They also reinforce this recommendation of beginning swim lessons with toddler age and preschool-age children:
“Recent studies suggest that water survival skills training and swim lessons can help reduce drowning risk for children between ages 1-4. Classes that include both parents and their children also are a good way to introduce good water safety habits and start building swim readiness skills. If your child seems ready, it’s a good idea to start lessons now.” —healthychildren.org
At Steve Wallen Swim School, we meet and exceed all of the recommendations made by healthychildren.org, making us the perfect choice when considering your options for swim lesson programs.