Our Signature Experiential Aquatics Program is based on five essential components:
Recognizing that the best learning comes from experience, our program emphasizes the "Learn By Doing" and "Challenge By Choice" paradigm of the experiential learning cycle. "Learn By Doing" means that we recognize physical experience is a prerequisite to discovering knowledge. "Challenge By Choice" means that we recognize that students learn best when they have a sense of ownership over the challenge they will meet.
Recognizing that the best learning happens when it's shared, our program emphasizes "Team Teaching", "Student Driven Learning", and "Parents As Partners." "Team Teaching" means that all group classes are taught by a team of instructors that shares their knowledge and experience. "Student Driven Learning" means that we recognize that learning belongs to the student, not the instructor, as we strive to work with students to share knowledge in their interests. "Parents As Partners" means that we recognize that learning happens all the time, including outside class time, so we strive to empower parents with knowledge to support their student's continued growth.
Recognizing that all information from the environment (experience) gets to the brain through our senses, or program emphasizes conversation about the tactile, vestibular, and proprioceptive sensations of the water environment. Tactile has to do with registering sensations through the skin; vestibular has to do with registering sensations affecting balance; proprioception has to do with registering sensations of pressure/ weight with the musculoskeletal system.
Recognizing that many drownings are preventable, our program emphasizes building positive memories around a student's experiences in and around water while also teaching a healthy respect for water safety rules and procedures. Positive and calm thinking leads to safer decision making.
Recognizing that skill development is a continuum, our program emphasizes 3 steps of learning to swim. Once a student has conquered Comfort & Safety, they can then build Survival Skills. After a student is confident of their ability to control their movement in an aquatic environment, then they can build Stroke Mechanics.