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Bradenton (Lakewood Ranch) Swimming Lessons For Babies

At Swimtastic Bradenton (Lakewood Ranch), we believe swimming is a life skill®. While you may be hesitant to enroll your child in swim lessons before they’re able to walk, there are so many benefits to early swimming instruction and baby aquatics! For starters, swimming lessons can reduce the risk of accidental childhood drowning by 88%. Since drowning is the leading cause of accidental death in children under 4, it makes sense to provide opportunities for your child to learn water safety.

Early education also makes it easy to give your child a positive experience with swimming, right from the beginning. Kids who get their feet wet early in life tend to have less fear and apprehension around water. Swimming improves confidence in other ways, too. Infant and toddler swim classes include water play, fun songs and close contact with mom, dad or another trusted caregiver. These elements, plus the joy of learning a new skill, create a supportive and social group environment that fosters self-confidence.

When your child learns how to swim with us, they benefit from a curriculum that has been tested and proven over 12 million times in Swimtastic swim schools across the country. We even offer rolling start dates, which means you can enroll in infant swimming lessons and toddler swimming lessons at any time during the year.

When should my toddler or baby start swimming lessons?

Infants as young as 6 months old can benefit from group swimming lessons, and Swimtastic’s infant and toddler swim classes are designed for kids ages 6 months to 3 years old. In our ParentTot classes you’ll be in the pool with your kiddo to support, soothe and cheer them on the entire time.

When your child is ready for some independence (ages 2 years and up), our Toddler Transition class offers a supportive learn to swim experience with our attentive instructors, while parents watch poolside or from our lobby viewing area.

What are Infant Swimming Resource (ISR) lessons?

We are sometimes asked what ISR lessons are and if we teach infant self rescue. While water safety skills are our first priority for all swimmers, our curriculum does not include the ISR philosophy. We believe swimmers need to develop swim skills that not only allow them to float, but also move themselves to safety as confident, efficient swimmers. Having a correct, efficient swim stroke enables swimmers to move themselves out of potentially dangerous situations.

The ISR philosophy promotes “self-rescue” swimming skills with various methods of instruction based on the child’s age. For example, survival swimming for babies might include learning how to roll onto their backs to rest through repeated exposure of being forced underwater. While we can all agree that learning to float is an important water safety skill, we differ in our approach to teaching, and experts have yet to prove that the ISR method is a more effective teaching approach.

Our philosophy in teaching water safety skills includes an environment where all swimmers learn to love and respect the water while learning fundamental swim skills. At Swimtastic Bradenton (Lakewood Ranch), we believe that you can’t effectively teach traumatized kiddos who fear water. When thinking about ISR and other toddler survival swimming programs, we urge you to do extensive research to determine if they are the right fit for your family.

Our Water Safety Curriculum

When it comes to choosing swimming lessons for your kiddos, we know you have plenty of options. We also know exactly what young swimmers and their families need to have the best experience possible. Our warm water pools and small class sizes help Swimtastic stand out, but it’s our proven curriculum that ensures your child learns new skills while having a blast. 

The lesson plans our Bradenton (Lakewood Ranch) location uses were developed by a team of experienced and passionate world-class swimmers. From infancy to toddlerhood and beyond, our progressive curriculum empowers your child to become a stronger swimmer. Start with Swimtastic during your child’s early years, and watch your little swimmer grow into a strong and confident lifelong lover of water.

Find a Swim Level

GROUP SWIM LESSONS

ParentTot I

Parent and child work together to develop the foundational skills crucial for learning to swim and promote safety in the water. Starting at 6 months old to 18 months. Classes have a student to teacher ratio of up to 6 parent/student combos to 1 instructor. Parents: bring your swimsuit - a parent must get in the water!

ParentTot II

Parent and child work together to develop the beginning swimming skills crucial for learning strokes and promote safety in the water. For ages 1.5 - 3 years old. Classes have a student to teacher ratio of up to 6 parent/student combos to 1 instructor. Parents: bring your swimsuit - a parent must get in the water!

Toddler Transition I

Class focuses on fundamental swimming and safety skills while learning how to safely be a part of a group class. Parents may stay poolside for safety purposes to ensure the child is following class rules. For ages 2 - 3 years old. Classes typically have up to 3 students to 1 instructor.

Toddler Transition II

Class focuses on fundamental swimming and safety skills while learning how to safely be a part of a group class. In this class, swimmers must be completely independent of the parent. For ages 2 - 3 years old. Classes typically have up to 3 students to 1 instructor.

PRIVATE SWIM LESSONS

Private

Private lessons are available for all skill levels and are a great option for those looking to progress or refine skills quickly. Classes are typically scheduled on a weekly, ongoing basis.

SEMI-PRIVATE SWIM LESSONS

Semi-Private

Semi-private lessons are available for all skill levels and are a great option for siblings or friends to be in the same class. Classes are typically scheduled on a weekly, ongoing basis. Swimmers are typically required to book with their semi-private class partner.

THE SWIMTASTIC DIFFERENCE

325,000+ Kids

now have the life skill and know the joy of swimming

Proven Curriculum

developed by world class and Olympic champions

12 Million+ Lessons

taught by passionate, Certified Instructors

TESTIMONIALS

John S.

“The class size is small, and my son gets the one on one attention he needs to learn.”

Olivia H.

“My daughter didn't want to leave and kept talking about her lesson the whole weekend long!”

Kelsey S.

“The teachers are wonderful and the facilities are clean and welcoming.”

OTHER PROGRAMS

  • Children’s Swim Lessons
  • Adult Swim Lessons
  • Private Swim Lessons
Children’s Swim Lessons

Children’s Swim Lessons

We have swimming lessons for children of all ages and levels. Whether your child is just starting to get comfortable in the water or moving on to more advanced techniques we have you covered. Our progressive curriculum of beginner level classes all the way up to our advanced level classes will help take your child from bubbles to butterfly®. We offer a variety of class types from small group classes featuring a 4:1 student to teacher ratio to semi-private and private lessons. 

Adult Swim Lessons

ADULT SWIM LESSONS

Whether you are just starting out, overcoming a fear of water or a more advanced swimmer our program gives adult swimmers at every level the opportunity to improve their skills.  We offer a variety of class types from small group classes for adults of similar skill levels to semi-private and private lessons. It’s never too late to learn the life saving skill of swimming. Jump-in, our water is warm!

Private Swim Lessons

Private Swim Lessons

At Swimtastic our private swim lessons allow adults and children of all ages and levels to progress through our curriculum at their own pace with one of our certified swim teachers. Each 30 minute class will be customized around mastering the skills to become a better, stronger, and safer swimmer. 

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