Children from 7 months of age and up learn how to use independent swimming and floating skills to save themselves. What your child will learn depends his or her age and developmental readiness, but in all cases, at minimum, your child will learn to roll onto his or her back to float, rest, and breathe, and to maintain this position until help arrives.
Children 7 to 14 Months
A baby from 7 months to 14 months will learn how to hold their breath underwater, roll onto their back and float unassisted until help arrives.
Children 14 months of age and older
Children 14 months and older will learn how to hold their breath underwater, swim head down, roll onto their back to float, rest and breathe; then roll back over to resume swimming until they reach the side of the pool and crawl out.
This is called the swim-float-swim sequence. All children will learn how to perform the skills in different types of clothes. Upon completion of the program, your child will have the independent swimming and floating skills needed to save him or herself along with the enjoyment of recreational swimming.