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Aquatots Firewheel

3 years

This program takes 3-year-olds in small groups (no more than 4 per instructor) and teaches them to be submerged under water, how to control their breath, and how to kick forward through the water. Classes are engaging, using imaginative daily themes.

Toddler Swimming Classes in Firewheel

Swimming is more than a fun activity. It provides a great way to stay healthy and even improves children’s learning abilities.

And our Firewheel Waterbabies program is designed to help children up to age three learn to swim in a fun and effective way. Read below to learn how we accomplish this goal.

The Right Swim Lessons for Your Child

We believe that every child can learn to swim – even those not yet comfortable in the water. Before placing your child in our program, we’ll provide a free Waterbabies Orientation. This class provides you with a complete understanding of the program and allows you the opportunity to ask questions.

Small Swim Classes

The Firewheel Waterbabies program is designed for safety and success. And one way we manage this is by keeping our classes small – no more than four students per instructor once parents are no longer in the water. Doing so allows our instructors to keep an even closer eye on our little swimmers. This provides an additional measure of safety, but it goes beyond that.

Our instructors gauge the success of each student throughout the lessons. If a child is struggling with some of the skills, smaller classes allow the instructor to spend more one-on-one time with them.

This is important because all children learn through different methods and at different speeds. If your child needs additional instruction, our swim teachers are able to provide it as they are focused on only a few children at a time.

Lots of Fun and Laughing

Various studies have shown a very important fact: it’s much easier for children to learn and retain information when it’s provided in a fun and engaging way. Fun promotes neural plasticity – or neural changes – that enable the brain to retain details.

Having fun also promotes the release of dopamine, or the “feel-good hormone,” which controls learning retention. And dopamine relieves stress. Studies have proven that stress and pressure can actually impede learning.

Our Firewheel toddler swim classes are all about fun, laughing, and motivation. We use games, toys, and themes to teach our lessons – even if your child doesn’t realize just how structured the lessons are. We believe that by engaging children and helping them gain a pleasurable experience in the water, they’ll not only learn to swim but eventually master it.

Natural Development of Skills

Learning to swim shouldn’t be done under pressure to perform. It should be an enjoyable journey for every child – and one that moves at his or her own pace.

At Emler Swim School, we help children naturally develop their skills through progressive lessons. These lessons begin with simply learning to submerge safely for up to 10 seconds. As they progress, each child learns how to move further through the water and how to carry out specific breathing techniques. When they are ready, they will safely be able to swim independently all around the pool.

The key phrase here is “when they are ready.” Our goal is to help children master swimming but on their own time – not ours. Through every lesson, your child will gain skills. And as those skills naturally develop, they’ll move to the next level.

Ready to Dive In to Toddler Swim Lessons in Firewheel?

Our team is here to help you and your little one succeed. We offer live information sessions to answer any questions you might have. You are also welcome to give us a call at 855-232-2006 for more information. And when you’re ready to take the plunge, just fill in our New Swimmer Sign Up form, and a member of our team to reach out to you as soon as possible.

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Three year olds who cannot swim without flotation

These tots learn underwater breath control for 8-10 seconds! And they will learn to kick forward a distance of 5 feet through the water. They’ll have fun doing this, with daily games and to spark their enjoyment.

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Advanced Aquatots

Three year olds who kick five feet through the water

Kicking 5 feet is so yesterday – in the Advanced class now we learn to travel a distance of up to 12 feet! The games and themes continue to spark imagination AND the kids become familiar with the rollover breath.

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Super Aquatots

Three year olds who kick 12 feet through the water

Kicking progresses in the Super class up to a distance of 15 feet through the water, while completely mastering the rollover breath.

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X-treme Aquatots

Three year olds who kick 15 feet through the water

The group continues the fun and games as in this class the kids turn into true fishes – kicking a distance of 20 feet through the water while performing a rollover breath AND getting introduced to the all-important front breathing.

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Not sure what class/level is right for your child? Let us help!

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Answer the questions below to determine what class/level is right for your child.

How old is your child?
2 – 5 months old
6 – 35 months old
3 years old
4+ years old
5+ years old
Child’s swimming experience

Can your child... (select 1)

Remain submerged and hold their breath for 8-10 seconds


Swim ___ without flotation

3 ft
5 ft
7 ft
10 ft
15-20 ft
20-30 ft

Swim ___ competitive strokes

Freestyle + Elementary Backstroke (40 ft)
Freestyle + Backstroke (80 ft)
Freestyle + Backstroke + Butterfly (80 ft)
Freestyle + Backstroke + Butterfly + Breaststroke (80 ft)

Bathtime Babies

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

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Learn 8 to 10 second breath control

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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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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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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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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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