Becoming an Infant Aquatics® Instructor: Empowering Your Community With Lifesaving Skills

A family gathering or backyard barbecue can turn tragic in just a few seconds when an infant or toddler drowns in a pool or body of water. Imagine, though, if that child had the skills they needed to respond to an accidental fall. What if the family possessed the knowledge and resources to implement protective layers around the water to minimize the risk in the first place?

Brandie Russel took action after her family’s terrifying experience. Now she’s a successful Infant Aquatics® instructor, changing lives in her community through survival swimming!

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What if you could be the one to not only equip children with vital skills but also educate parents, grandparents, and caregivers on creating safe water environments?

As an Infant Aquatics® instructor, you can be that source of vital information for your community while doing something you love!

Learn about the career possibility as an Infant Aquatics survival swim specialist!

The role of an Infant Aquatics® instructor extends far beyond teaching kids how to swim.

Drowning remains a serious threat, claiming the lives of 451 children aged 0-4 each year in the United States alone (Child Safety Network*). These tragedies don’t just affect immediate family members; they create ripple effects throughout entire communities. That’s why it’s crucial to have dedicated individuals like you join us in combating childhood drowning.

Amy Gildemeister came to Infant Aquatics out of concern for her own son and the fear she had about losing him. Now she’s able to bring her skills to her community in Kansas and meet a demand she didn’t even know existed!

As an Infant Aquatics® instructor, you do more than teach swimming; you contribute to a safer community. While survival swim lessons are a critical aspect of drowning prevention, a well-rounded strategy also calls for lifestyle and environmental changes to genuinely minimize risks.

You have a unique opportunity when a child enrolls in your swim school. You can offer vital information to parents, grandparents, and other caregivers through conversations, written materials, and your online platform. You become an expert in their eyes, and your advice and dedication to their child’s safety will be highly valued.

Learn how Laura Moore uses the skills she learned during her Infant Aquatics training to enrich the services of her nonprofit in Arizona!

Infant Aquatics® instructors are catalysts for change!

Our network of passionate instructors collaborates with advocacy and drowning prevention foundations, as well as educational institutions. Instructors have even worked hard to provide information to the American Academy of Pediatrics, hoping to elevate the standards for swim lessons nationally. By networking with local schools and community centers, you too, can spearhead initiatives that make a lasting impact!

Kelly Mello was the first Infant Aquatics instructor to bring classes to Virginia! Now, there are several Infant Aquatics instructors throughout the state, working hard to create more and more water safe kids and spreading awareness in Virginia each and every session!

Join the network of instructors today!

You can change the narrative and raise awareness by addressing common questions.

You will be able to help change the narrative through your connections to raise the bar at home by answering these common questions from parents.

Here are some questions you can help answer to foster an awareness of the need for survival swim lessons in your community and build interest in your program. This way, you’ll be ready to hit the ground running when you finish training!

Are survival swim lessons traumatizing for children?

Your first instinct may be to picture crying babies when you think of survival swim lessons. You’re not alone. However, while some infants do cry during lessons, it’s not because their lessons are traumatizing. Far from it. Crying is an infant’s main form of communication, and they’re working hard during each 10-minute lesson. A well-crafted curriculum like Infant Aquatics® equips you to understand each child’s emotional and physiological developmental stages. You’ll learn how to listen to your students on a deeper level and offer both support and challenge, helping them acquire essential survival skills while tailoring each lesson to their mood and abilities.

You will also learn how you can help your students incorporate these skills during play and further stroke development! Infant Aquatics® lessons go beyond teaching children to survive in the water. We want them to thrive in the water!

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Are infants too young to learn to swim?

Not at all! Infants as young as six months can master aquatic self-rescue skills. Given that drowning is the leading cause of accidental death among children aged 1-4, the sooner these skills are taught, the better.

Are traditional swim lessons enough to make a difference for kids in my community?

Maybe you’ve had some hesitation before when it comes to starting a swim school because it seems like there are so many clubs or centers in your area that already offer mommy-and-me classes or group learn-to-swim lessons.

The reality is that these lessons do not prepare infants and young children to respond to an emergency in the water. They focus on things like blowing bubbles, jumping, and reaching the water without actually ensuring children have water competency. This guided exploration mindset can set children up for failure because they learn to reach for toys, jump in the water, bob off the steps, and blow bubbles while relying on an adult to always catch them or help them stand back up or get to the wall.

While parents do their best to keep an eye on their children, we know it’s not always possible. What happens when there’s no adult to help the child who thinks it’s okay to reach for the pool noodle that was left out during a family barbecue?

As a survival swim instructor, you will be helping to change the narrative in your community. You will be giving parents a safe option for swim lessons that focus on water competency first. Each child you teach will be one less child who thinks it’s okay to just bob out on their own, expecting an adult to reach out and help them.

That’s one less chance for a tragedy in your community.

Kristin Turk realized her daughter needed more than traditional lessons and took action to bring high-quality survival swim lessons back to her community!

Are short-term or online programs enough to teach me the skills I need to become the kind of instructor that changes the lives of children in my community?

Survival swim lessons are very different from traditional lessons. They require a specific theory and behavior mapping that can only be learned through a combination of written material, repetitive, hands-on learning to reinforce that material and direct feedback from highly experienced instructors. You will not find this caliber of instruction in any short-term or online program.

You can read more about the difference between survival swim training programs here.

At Infant Aquatics®, all of our certifying instructors have gone through a rigorous program on top of their previous decades of experience as instructors in order to provide the highest quality training possible.

Your program will be challenging, but you will walk away with all of the skills you need to not only teach young children essential self-rescue skills but also the knowledge and resources to build a thriving business that impacts lives in your community every single day.

Wondering if you have what it takes to become an Infant Aquatics instructor? Click here to learn the traits all instructors share!

But the journey doesn’t end with the completion of the training program. As an Infant Aquatics® instructor, you will continue to learn and grow. Staying updated with the latest research and techniques is crucial to ensure you provide the highest quality instruction to your students.

Furthermore, you will have the opportunity to connect and network with a community of fellow instructors. This network provides a platform for ongoing support, feedback, and collaboration, allowing you to continuously improve your teaching methods and share experiences.

Infant Aquatics Instructor Retreat
Infant Aquatics® instructors discussing special needs and swim lessons at the 2021 Infant Aquatics® retreat.

The Infant Aquatics® training program is based on a comprehensive curriculum that creates informed instructors, which means parents finally have a safer option for their child’s swim lessons.

As long as children are exposed to water, survival swim lessons will remain a necessity.

By acquiring the necessary skills through your training, you will be able to provide families in your community with a safer and more effective option!

Whether there is a lack of swim lessons with the same level of quality within a 50-mile radius or if the waitlist for instructors in your area is several months long, the demand for top-notch swim lessons is constant. Every child who completes the Infant Aquatics® program is one child closer to achieving the ongoing mission to end childhood drowning!

In summary, as an Infant Aquatics® instructor, you have the opportunity to go beyond traditional swim lessons and make a profound impact on your community. By equipping children with essential self-rescue skills and educating parents and caregivers, you are actively working towards reducing the risk of childhood drowning. Your role extends far beyond the pool as you become a vital advocate for water safety and a catalyst for creating a water-safe community.

This is just the first step in your journey, knowing that you have the power to change lives and create a lasting legacy. Join us in the fight against childhood drowning today!

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*Child Safety Network