Judy has compiled the most frequently asked questions regarding the Instructor Training Program. Please look through these and you will get a better understanding of what your training will be like.
Why Infant Aquatic Survival?
We teach infants and toddlers to safely enjoy the water in just 4-6 weeks of lessons, using the SWIM•Float•SWIM! technique. We offer the most comprehensive infant swim instructor education program available, combining academic study with hours of individualized hands-on training with children between the ages of 6 months and 6 years. Our 6-week instructor training program allows you time to master the techniques required to become a highly skilled and confident infant swim instructor.
Why Train with Judy Heumann
Judy has been teaching swimming and training instructors for over 4 decades. Through the years, Judy’s intuition as well as her acquisition of skills has continued to grow and her wisdom in working with kids and training instructors is evident. After personally teaching over 7,000 children to safely enjoy the water, and training close to 100 instructors, Judy confesses that “watching a baby roll over and get that first breath of air still takes my breath away.” Her wish is that you will experience this same excitement and joy as an Infant Aquatic Survival instructor.
What Will My Training Be Like?
Your training will be exciting and intense. The more students you teach, the better your experience will be. We start teaching babies at 7 a.m. and finish up at 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Plan on being in the pool training with Judy for about 4 hours each morning, working hands on with dozens of infants and toddlers between the ages of 6 months and 3 years. You may have a training partner which will help you to analyze and critique your performance in the water. After completing your morning with Judy, you will have the option of teaching additional private lessons with other members of Judy’s team. You will also learn our method of teaching older children to be proficient swimmers. The more students you are able to teach, the more comprehensive your training will be.
Why Train at SWIM•Float•SWIM!?
We are an aquatic academy with programs for all ages and abilities, starting with safety and survival skills and progressing to competitive stroke instruction. During your training you will learn how to conduct group classes for skilled students by assisting the SWIM•Float•SWIM! staff with Aquababies, FunDays and stroke development classes during the afternoons and on Friday mornings. Group classes are a way to maintain a continuing year-round income stream, particularly in the winter months when demand for lessons decreases.
Our facility is designed to enhance children’s learning, safety and comfort. Whimsical kites soar above the warm, 90 degree water of our training pool. Ultraviolet purification kills bacteria and lowers chlorine without additional chemicals.
Our 89 degree lap pool is the perfect environment for teaching stroke technique to young children. Our system provides a natural foundation for kids to transition into the four competitive strokes.
SWIM•Float•SWIM! is located in Longmont, Colorado, a vibrant and dynamic community of 90,000 residents located along Colorado’s Front Range –15 minutes from Boulder, and 45 minutes from Denver. Longmont was given the prestigious All American City Award and was named one of the “Top 100 Best Places to Live” by Money Magazine in 2008.
The area is known for a mild, dry, four-season climate, 300 days of sunshine a year, beautiful mountain views and an impressive array of outdoor recreation possibilities, including hiking, biking, rock climbing, camping and skiing as close as one hour away. Boulder is home to the University of Colorado and has become a “foodie” town, with some of the region’s best restaurants.
Are Accommodations Available?
Yes. There are convenient, economical options in both Longmont and Boulder. Judy will be happy to assist you in locating appropriate housing, check out properties and provide you with pictures.
What Is Covered in the Training?
A comprehensive training manual will be provided to you. Some of the topics include:
- How to Build a Successful Business with Infant Aquatics
- Behavioral techniques to effectively teach aquatic survival skills
- Child development summary to communicate with children of all ages
- Anatomy and physiology to recognize what is occurring during the lesson
- Safety guidelines to insure each student´s well being
- Medical conditions affecting lessons
- Troubleshooting in water problems
- Parental Concerns
In addition, your training will include
- In water video tape lesson analysis
- Continued mentoring and support by Judy and a network of instructors
- Marketing opportunities and strategies within the Infant Aquatics network
- Membership in the Infant Aquatics website and Facebook group
- Invitation to Infant Aquatics continuing education conferences
- Business Resources to help set up your program
- Authorization to use the Infant Aquatics trademark