Stage B: Water Exploration

In this stage, parents work with their children to explore body positions, floating, blowing bubbles, and fundamental safety and aquatic skills. The goals of this stage include the following:

  • Encouraging children to move purposefully in the water in response to visual and verbal cues and using toys and flotation devices
  • Emphasizing basic aquatic safety to parents
  • Building relationships among and between parents and children by providing opportunities for fun and interaction in the water

Water Exploration Skills:

  • Breath Control: Blow Bubbles
  • Swim on Front: Front Tow, Front Float
  • Swim on Back: Back Float, Back Tow
  • Water Safety: Roll, Monkey Crawl
  • Benchmark: Water Exit, Water Entry

Swim Starters Stages

Swim Starters stages are designed to follow the Aquatic Program Guidelines for Children Under Age Three and be taught in eight, 30-minute lessons.