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Welcome to Baby Survival Swim!

An effective and comprehensive swimming program that respectfully teaches a child, from 10 months of age, “water competencies” and the ability to self-rescue, during a 4 week course.

Founded in 2005 by Toti Fernández, paramedic, triathlon world champion, author, entrepreneur and a mother with the purpose of preventing drownings, the leading cause of accidental death in children under 5 Y/O, and the second, in the 5 to 14 age range. (C.D.C.).

Drowning is quick and silent. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), on it´s drowning prevention policies, recommends “Layers of Prevention” one of those layers is teaching children, experientially, «Water Competencies» in the event they find themselves in the water unexpectedly. 

Baby Survival Swim meets all AAP recommendations: type of swim lessons, water quality and temperature. One of our programs starts from 4 months of age.

Our Courses

Adaptation 
to Water

4 to 9 months of age.

With approval from your pediatrician.

Self  Rescue

9 month-old to 7 year-olds.

Advanced 
Swimming

 

For the Self-Rescue Course Graduates.

 

First Aid and CPR

Duration: 5 hours.

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Age from 4 months to 7 years.

Frequently Asked Questions

What courses do you offer?

We have 4 courses:

 

WATER ADAPTATION: Psychomotor development focused on aquatic safety and independence. Ages 4 to 9 months. 2 times a week. The value of the course is Q2,400.00 per month.

 

SELF RESCUE:  «fend in the water» (submerge, float, reach a shore, hold on, ask for help, swim with clothes). Ages 10 months to 7 years or older. The course lasts 4 weeks, from Monday to Friday. The value of the course is Q4,800.00.

 

ADVANCED SWIMMING: Only for students who have participated in our Water Adaptation or Self-Rescue programs.

 

FIRST AID and CPR COURSE:

from ECSI (Emergency Care and Safety Institute). International Certification, valid for 2 years. Check the rates.


Our method is based on «work-reward», 10 min of individual class and 10 min of play with the super water toys. We have biosecurity measures.

At what time are the classes?

You choose the lessons timing according to availability. We are open from Monday to Friday from 12:00 to 16:30.

Where is your location?

We are located ate:
15 Calle 1-11 Zona 10
Waze: Edificio TerraEsperanza
Guatemala

Do you have other programs?

We have 2 more programs:  Adaptation to Water for children from 4 to 9 months and the Advanced Swimming Program for children who have graduated from the self-rescue program, from 10 months of age to 7 years or more. The classes are individual. Our instructors are certified coaches under the American Swimming Coaches Association who also have an international certification in first aid and CPR from ECSI (Emergency Care and Safety Institute). Institute).

Is the pool heated?

The pool water meets all the recommendations for babies from 3 months. The water temperature is 32.5 degrees Celsius (91 F).

 

The water temperature is 32.5 degrees Celsius (91 F).

Will my baby cry?

The answer is probably YES. Children under 3 years of age have a natural rejection towards strangers or strangers, which is totally normal at that stage of development. Also at these ages they lack «awareness of danger» nor do they know fear or respect for water. 

 

If your baby cries, be patient, after a couple of days the instructor becomes an acquaintance and a new trusted guide.

Why is the class just 10 minutes long?

It’s 20 minutes in total: 10 minutes of class and 10 minutes of play. Classes are every day, from Monday to Friday a total of 20.
10 minutes is the proven attention span time at those ages. The method is based on repetition and the development of muscle memory, optimizing Sensory-Motor development. The 10 minutes of class are continuous. You do NOT have to wait for your turn, the class is personalized and adapts to each individual child. The instructors are professionals, highly trained and with international certifications.

Why are the classes every day?

The Baby Survival Swim Self-Rescue program is effective because the classes are every day. The child retains enough to be able to move on to the next day. This is how they learn to crawl and walk, practicing every day. This is how they also learn to fend for themselves in the water.

 

Is there a trial class?

We do NOT do test class. The children arrive in a new environment with a strange new instructor. A test class does not give reference to a method that requires a process where immersing the face and eyes are necessary sensations to learn to swim, in addition to floating. Parents should research, evaluate, and decide what type of swim program is most effective for their child. Just as a mother does not give a syringe so that it becomes familiar and decides whether to accept it or not, parents give the vaccines that the doctor recommends and it is not one but several, and they hurt. It is the same with a Self-Rescue program or «flying in the water», it is NOT a fun or recreation course.


Kids don’t like it at first for the reasons I explained.

Do you receive children with special needs?

Our method is personalized so the instructor adapts to the child’s abilities and temperament. We strongly believe in inclusion. We have worked with children with autism, Asperger, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome.

 

What certification do the instructors have?

Each Baby Survival Swim instructor undergoes 80 hours of in-water training with a Master Instructor and real students, in addition to receiving academic training in anatomy, physiology, child psychology, behavior and development, sensory-motor learning, and how each of these relates to the aquatic environment. They are certified coaches by the ASCA (American Swimming Coaches Association) and have an international first aid and CPR certification from ECSI (Emeergency Care and Safety Institute). Care and Safety Institute).

What can I expect and for how long?

The objective of the course is for a child to learn safety in the water, this is more than learning to float, swim or rescue himself. Respect the water.

In less than 4 weeks, your child will learn to roll over and float, call for help and wait for rescue, or reach the edge of the pool. 

This is a basic course to prepare children with the security layer that they always carry if the other barriers fail.  

If your child still doesn’t like his classes, we recommend enrolling him in the advanced classes so that, learning to swim in cu, he enters the magic of enjoying the water safely.

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