Parent & Me

Our Parent & Me Swim Lessons are designed to teach young children ages 6-24 months* the basic building blocks of learning to swim, in a fun and nurturing environment. In this introductory class, your young swimmer will work on acclimating to the water and be introduced to some of the basic skills they will need to swim independently at an older age.

*Note: The age range of 6-24 months is a general guideline. Each child learns at his or her own pace. As such, we may have a child older than 24 months still doing a parent and me class and similarly we might have a child younger than 24 months ready for a regular private lesson. The Head Above Water office will be happy to consult with you to find the correct class for your child. 

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The goal of our Parent & Me classes is to first and foremost assist the new swimmer in building a positive association with the pool. We believe children should learn from a young age that swimming can be FUN! Though the goal of our Parent & Me classes is not necessarily independent swimming, we aim to introduce many basic skills to the new swimmer. As a general rule, children under 24 months are not quite developmentally ready, physically nor cognitively, to swim independently. However, our experienced Parent & Me swim instructors will introduce all the basic elements of swimming in an assisted manner, always moving the child towards more and more independence with each skill based on readiness.


Some of the skills your child will be introduced to include:

  • blowing bubbles

  • floating (on stomach and back)

  • kicking

  • learning proper arm motions

  • jumping from the side of the pool (starting in a seated position)

  • climbing out of the pool

  • putting his/her face in the water

  • going underwater, holding his/her breath


All skills will at aided by the parent and/or the swim instructor. In our Parent & Me classes, we do not expect your young swimmer to master all the skills listed above. Rather, we focus on introducing these skills with an expectation that the child will not be doing these things un-aided until he/she transitions to a regular private lesson after they turn 2 years old.


Parent & Me swim lessons can be scheduled at Head Above Water's pool or at your home pool.


At Head Above Water's pool we ONLY offer private Parent & Me lessons.


If you are looking for GROUP Parent & Me lessons, we can ONLY accommodate this service if you have your own group AND your own pool. 


NOTE ABOUT GROUP LESSONS: If you have your own pool you can choose to organize your own group of up to 6-8 swimmers. Head Above Water does not set up the groups. Rather, the client would be responsible for putting the group together.