Parent & Child Aquatics

Parent and Child Aquatics
The foundation of Red Cross Parent and Child Aquatics is a set of basic skills that prepares infants and young children to become comfortable in the water so they are willing and ready to learn to swim. These basic skills include adjusting to the water environment, showing comfort while maintaining a front or back position in the water and demonstrating breath control (i.e., blowing bubbles or voluntarily fully submerging under water).

Skills to Be Taught to Parents Starting each lesson with a parent orientation gives you the opportunity to describe the goals of the session and what parents can expect. Remember that Parent and Child Aquatics is as much about providing parents with information and techniques to create safer aquatic experiences for their children as it is about orienting young children to the water.

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  • No skill prerequisites
  • Child must be at least 6 months old
  • Parent must accompany child to each class


  • Familiarize children between the ages of 6 months and approximately 3 years with the water and teach swimming readiness skills
  • Provide safety information for parents and teach techniques parents can use to orient their children to the water


During this class the child will learn:

  • How to properly enter the pool
  • Blowing bubbles on the surface and with mouth and nose submerged
  • Adjusting to the water environment and showing comfort while maintaining a front or back position
  • Learning cues to go under water and breath control
  • How and when to safely go underwater
  • Floating on the back
  • Going from tummy to back, with and without leg actions
  • Learning Safety Zones while swimming