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Aquatots Houston – Clear Lake

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 Houston - Clear Lake

Signing your toddler up for swim classes doesn’t just give them something fun to do. It also builds water safety skills, which is very important as drowning is the top cause of accidental death in children ages one to four.

However, you don’t want to just sign them up for any swim lessons. You want to make sure that the lessons will actually help them be the strongest swimmers they can be. Learn below how our team at Emler Swim School in Clear Lake approaches swim lessons for toddlers.

We Meet Children At Their Level

Did you ever have a time in school when you began a new grade and dove straight into materials that you were “supposed to know” but didn’t? Perhaps it was because your teacher ran out of time in the previous school year to get through all of the topics. Or maybe you’ve taken a “beginner’s class,” only to discover that the instructor’s idea of beginner was more of what you would consider intermediate.

It happens quite often, but our Clear Lake team is committed to preventing this. We don’t assume your child knows anything about swimming – no matter their age. Instead, we take the time to assess their skills and ensure they begin at the right level.

Your toddler will be placed in the age-appropriate program: the Aquatots. This program includes four different teaching levels, beginning with levels for those who cannot yet swim without flotation devices and ending with those who can kick 15 feet through the water.

Your Child Progresses On Their Own Time

Once your child has been placed at the best level for their current skills, they will work their way through at their own pace. We provide structured lessons through fun and games to help your little one develop his or her skills, but there is no pressure here.

We want children to be comfortable and confident in the water – not as though they must constantly compete and prove themselves. Instead, they work through the following levels, with positive reinforcement and parental love the whole way.

  1. Aquatots: This level is for little ones who currently need flotation devices. Through playful lessons, they learn how to hold their breath underwater for eight to ten seconds and kick for five feet.
  2. Advanced Aquatots: Next, they’ll continue with daily themes and loads of fun to kick 12 feet away. We also introduce rollover breath at this time, where your child learns to roll over to float on their back and take a breath. This is integral to water safety.
  3. Super Aquatots: The fun continues as they add another three feet of kicking to their skill set and master the rollover breath.
  4. X-treme Aquatots: By the end of this level, your toddler will be able to kick a full 20 feet through the water. We also begin front breathing, which will be mastered as they move into older age groups.

After mastering the Clear Lake Aquatots program, your child will move into new programs that will strengthen the skills they’ve already learned. They’ll also develop new skills when they’re ready, including submerging underwater, treading water, various breathing techniques, and more. And all is done through fun, games, and positive reinforcement, without fear, intimidation, or competition.

The Emler Guarantee

We guarantee that our approach will make your little one proficient at swimming, providing a lifetime of water safety. We’re confident in our methods and our commitment, but we want you to feel confident, too. Please feel free to call (855) 232-2006 and speak to a member of our team, attend one of our information sessions, or sign up for a free one-on-one Swim Skills Evaluation with one of our dedicated instructors.

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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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2 – 5 months old
6 – 35 months old
3 years old
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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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