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Waterbabies Portland – Beaverton-Washington Square

6 months – 35 months

The Waterbabies classes only seem like fun and games. But this is where natural swimming for pure joy begins, in a wonderful environment with parental love and warm smiles all round.

Baby Swimming Classes in Portland - Beaverton-Washington Square

According to the Emler Guarantee, every child has the opportunity to safely find joy in spending time in the water while becoming an accomplished swimmer.

Kids can start learning to swim as young as 6 months old at the Emler Swim School in Beaverton, but they can be introduced to bath time activities when they are 2-5 months old.

How Soon Can My Baby Start Swim Lessons?

It is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics that kids start swim lessons as young as 1 year old. However, Emler Swim School has 48 years of experience and a successful curriculum to prove that kids can start as early as 6 months old.

Can My Baby Really Start Learning To Swim at 6 Months Old?

Absolutely! The Emler Waterbabies program is for babies from 6 months to 35 months old. At 3 years old,  your little onemoves into the Aquatots program where parents are no longer in the water for the class.

Additionally, Emler offers a  program that introduces parents and babies to bath time activities when they are as young as 2 months old.

The Emler Swim School Approach To Baby Swim Lessons

The Emler Swim School’s approach is a mixture of fun, learning, and safety to create the right environment for babies. Instructors use a loving approach that includes toys, games, and songs to reduce your baby’s anxiety as they are introduced to the water.

The aquatic environment is full of parental love and support. While yousafely hold your baby in class, they will naturally discover their love of the water.

You never have to worry about forceful techniques that cause discomfort and fear in your baby, as every baby swim class is taught with love and comfort, and you are right by their side with positive reinforcement. Classes focus on your baby’s achievements, and stress and competition have no place in the Emler Swim School in Beaverton.

Water Safety For Now and Forever

One of the best skills a parent can help their child develop is swimming, especially if they can boost their confidence in the water. From shallow bathtubs to park ponds, water safety is a vital survival skill.

Teaching children how to respect and navigate themselves in and around water is essential to preventing childhood drowning.
As a bonus, it is easier to choose summer activities and vacation destinations when your little one is comfortable and confident in the water.

Which Class Is Right For My Baby?

Kids think of Emler’s swim classes as a fun way to learn how to swim, but you know the classes are structured and important. Therefore, it is best to check out the list of swim lessons to see what program is right for your child.

Bathtime Babies – Introducing babies to water fun at 2-5 months old!

If your child is older than 5 months, the Beaverton Waterbabies program is designed for 6 months – 35 months.

  1. Free 30-minute orientation – Introduction to water.
  2. Waterbabies class – Songs and breath control with parent participation.
  3. Waterbabies+ – Increasing breath control with parent participation.
  4. Advanced Waterbabies – Increasinging breath control and distance with parent participation.
  5. Super Waterbabies – Independence practice for two-year-olds in class without parents.
  6. X-treme Waterbabies – More independence encouraged for two-year-olds without parent participation.

Get started with Emler by calling 855-232-2006 (Press Option 1) or by clicking here to fillout the New Swimmer Registration form.

Learn why Beaverton parents trust Emler with their children’s future in swimming. Emler  has a 100% swimmer guarantee – your child discovers the joy of swimming and playing in the water. They enjoy their swim lessons, and this turns them into great swimmers for a lifetime.

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Bathtime Babies: 2-5 months old, water familiarity

Parent and Baby learn bath time fun

Newborns recently arrived from the aquatic womb are returned to the happiness of water. Weekly half-hour classes familiarize baby with buoyancy and fun in the bath – and parents get expert instruction on baby games for bath time at home. This becomes a weekly treat for baby and parent, and sets the child up almost from birth for natural comfort, enjoyment and coordination in the water. Our tiniest students are almost veterans by the time they join the Waterbabies classes!

*Note: For your safety, children under the age of three are required to wear two washable, reusable swim pants.

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Waterbabies Orientation: FREE 30 min class

Parents join baby in the water

Call Emler to schedule your 30 minutes of eye-opening fun as your baby learns the feel of being in the water and you learn all about the Emler Waterbabies program. Call or go online today to sign up for a free orientation class. There are many convenient times throughout the week for this free introduction.

*Note: For your safety, children under the age of three are required to wear two washable, reusable swim pants.

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Waterbabies

Parents join baby in the water

How do you learn to swim? You start singing, of course! Class begins for you and your baby with songs and activities in the water. With the assistance of a skilled instructor, you will learn how to increase your baby’s comfort and teach underwater breath control. Kicking in a noodle boat is a favorite activity along with back floating under London Bridge. Waterbabies learn to submerge 8 to 10 seconds and kick 3 feet through the water.

*Note: For your safety, children under the age of three are required to wear two washable, reusable swim pants.

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Waterbabies+

Parents join baby in the water

The Plus class is for babies who have learned the basics and are now comfortable under the water and can control their breath for 8 to 10 seconds. Now they learn to strike out on their own a little, and kick forward through the water three feet. Our instructors are super-attentive during this important class because it’s where babies learn that the water is not a struggle but a place to play in and travel through, for the sheer joy of swimming.

And don’t worry, Mom and Dad, a skilled instructor is right there for you too, cheering you on so YOU can feel confident as your baby concentrates on the fun.

*Note: For your safety, children under the age of three are required to wear two washable, reusable swim pants.

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Advanced Waterbabies

Parent joins baby in the water

The Advanced class is for the babies who now regard the water as fun – a supportive medium rather than a challenge. These little veterans of the Waterbabies training will learn to kick through the water 5 feet, while holding their breath. It’s time to learn some moves.

Watch your baby practice entering the water, turning around to kick back to the wall, and then climbing out of the water. Congratulations, you have a water baby! It’s okay to cry a little if you want – everyone gathers to watch at this exciting stage of learning, as young ones start playing in the water with natural confidence.

*Note: For your safety, children under the age of three are required to wear two washable, reusable swim pants.

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Super Waterbabies

Parent joins baby in the water for the first 3 weeks

The Supers class is for two years of age, toddlers on land maybe, but able to move five feet through the water with ease. During this series of classes, parents will eventually get out of the water and cheer from the sidelines as the children learn more skills.

This class extends the range to seven feet of swimming and teaches: a sitting jump entry, then a turn in the water and a swim back to the wall. It’s going to be easy to encourage from the edge of the pool as these little swimmers have fun.

*Note: For your safety, children under the age of three are required to wear two washable, reusable swim pants.

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X-treme Waterbabies

Parent not in the water

Let’s get X-treme! The 7 feet that the Supers can already swim will be extended to 10 feet. And that’s just the start. In this class, your toddler now learns rollover breathing, and the sitting jump now becomes a standing jump, with a turn and swim back to safety.

*Note: For your safety, children under the age of three are required to wear two washable, reusable swim pants.

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Bathtime Babies

Instruction on how to use bath time at home for socialization and bonding

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Waterbabies

Learn 8 to 10 second breath control

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Waterbabies+

Move 3 feet through the water and Independent Lift

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Advanced Waterbabies

Move 5 feet through the water and Independent Jump & Exit

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Super Waterbabies

Kick 7 feet through the water and a sitting Jump, Turn & Swim

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X-treme Waterbabies

Kick 10 feet through the water, introduce rollover breathing and a standing Jump, Turn & Swim

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Aquatots

Themes and games are used to teach tots to kick 5 feet through the water and learn breath control

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Advanced Aquatots

Themes are used to teach tots to kick 12 feet through the water and start to get a rollover breath

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Super Aquatots

Kick 15 feet while getting a rollover breath

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X-treme Aquatots

Extend distance to 20 feet with a rollover breath, and introduce a front breath

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Beginners

Swim 10 feet through the water

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Preschool Beginners

Kick 5-10 feet through the water

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Advanced Beginners

Swim 15-20 feet while improving independent front breath and introduce rollover breaths

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Super Beginners

Swim 20-30 feet while getting multiple independent front breaths and rolling breaths, treading water is introduced

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X-treme Beginners

Swim elementary backstroke 30-40 feet, swim freestyle with several independent rhythmic breaths 30-40 feet and treading water is mastered

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Swimmers

Swim freestyle 80 feet with unilateral and bilateral rhythmic breathing and swim competitive backstroke 80 feet

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Advanced Swimmers

Swim butterfly stroke 80 feet, master the freestyle and backstroke

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Super Swimmers

Swim breaststroke 80 feet, swim freestyle 80 feet with bilateral rhythmic breathing and backstroke

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X-treme Swimmers

Master endurance and the individual medley and learn swim team starts and finishes and introduce safety skills

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