Safe Start FAQs

Safe Start FAQs

WHAT SKILLS WILL MY CHILD LEARN IN SAFE START LESSONS?
Depending on your child’s age, he/she will learn the following Safe Start skills: roll-back-to-float (6 months thru 12 months) or swimfloat-swim (12 months thru 6 years).

 

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SAFE START AND INFANT SWIMMING RESOURCE (ISR)?
Safe Start is the collaborative effort of Infant Swimming Resource (ISR), Dr. Phillips Charities and the YMCA of Central Florida. ISR was founded in Central Florida in 1966 by Dr. Harvey Barnett. All Safe Start instructors are trained and certified thru ISR.

 

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SAFE START AND YMCA PARENT/CHILD LESSONS?
YMCA Parent/Child lessons take place in a group setting and the primary goal of the course is water acclimation. Safe Start lessons, however, are one-on-one between your child and his/her instructor and the focus is on drowning prevention. Safe Start lessons will teach your child how to self-rescue should he/she ever fall into the water unsupervised.

 

WILL I BE IN THE POOL WITH MY CHILD DURING HIS/HER LESSONS?
Although you will be right there on the side of the pool during every lesson, Safe Start instruction is one-on-one between your child and his/her instructor. However, your child’s instructor may invite you to enter the pool towards the end of the 6 week course.

 

CAN A FAMILY MEMBER OR FRIEND BRING MY CHILD TO HIS/HER LESSONS IN MY STEAD?
Absolutely! Safe Start lessons are a big time commitment and a lot of families share the responsibility.

 

WHY ARE LESSONS ONLY 10 MINUTES LONG?
All Safe Start instructors are certified through Infant Swimming Resource and therefore follow ISR’s time-tested methods and safety protocols. All of our practices (including lesson length) are designed to ensure your child’s safety both in and around the water.

 

ARE ALL STUDENTS GUARANTEED TO GRADUATE IN 6 WEEKS?
The Safe Start course takes approximately 6 weeks to complete. Exact length of time depends on many factors, such as your child’s age and level of development. Consistency is crucial and your child’s progress will rely heavily on regular lesson attendance.

 

MY CHILD JUST GRADUATED FROM SAFE START. WHAT’S NEXT?
Once your child has completed the initial Safe Start course, we recommend that he/she return to the pool every 6 months for refresher lessons. This ensures that your child retains his/her Safe Start skills even as his/her body is growing and changing.

 

ARE SAFE START LESSONS OFFERED YEAR-ROUND OR ONLY DURING THE SUMMER?
We offer lessons year-round at our sites with indoor pools. All lessons take place at the YMCA.

 

Please call 407-599-0113 or email [email protected] if you have further questions about Safe Start.

 

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