Join us for a casual fun playtime in the water for kiddos 6 months to 3 years old. At least one parent must participate in the water, but both parents are welcome to join. We'll go over introductory water and safety skills that are meant to be low pressure and a great preparation for beginning swim lessons. Children will NOT learn to swim independently in this class. This is a play focused class that meets guidelines set by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
The class is 25 minutes long at Bell Athletic Club ( 4800 S White Mountain Rd, Show Low, AZ 85901). We keep it short to not stress out young children. We understand that this might be your child's first exposure to a pool and some crying may be normal.
Check in will begin at 9:15am and will include completion of a required liability waiver and optional photo release. Swimmers are also required to rinse off in the locker room prior to pool entry.
Children who are not potty trained (no accidents for 2+ months) must wear a swim diaper under their swimming clothes or Happy Nappy. Swim diapers must be covered by swim clothes while in the pool. Disposable swim diapers will be available for sale for $2.00 at the class if you do not wish to purchase your own pack of disposable diapers.
The pool is heated to 82 degrees minimum, but may still be cold for children. Parents should be prepared to end their play time early if their child becomes too cold.
We have not personally tried all of the below items, but they may give you some options to start with to prepare for swimming with your little one.
Wetsuit - to keep small children a little warmer or protect sensitive skin
Rash guard - can help keep kids slightly warmer, but not as effective as wetsuit
Swim Diaper cover - holds a disposable swim diaper on snug, the right fit will be tight on your child
Classes are currently offered on the following dates at Bell Athletic Club in Show Low:
June 4th - 9:30am
June 25th - 9:30am
July 9th - 9:30am
July 23rd - 9:30am
August 6th - 9:30am
August 20th - 9:30am
Registration is required at least 24 hours in advance, but classes fill up quickly. Class is limited to no more than 10 children.
Each child must be registered for the class and includes the parent/guardian's participation. The second parent/guardian may join for no additional charge.