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Aquatots Kansas City – Westwood

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 Kansas City - Westwood

In the Westwood Aquatots program, your child's natural curiosity is fueled with creative and playful themes aimed at teaching three-year-olds the essentials of breath control, submersion, and destination kicking.

Each class is carefully curated to ensure personal attention, maintaining a ratio of one teacher to four students. Whether your three-year-old is a newcomer to the water or has previous experience, this program has something to offer. Emler is equipped to help a non-swimmer become a confident water explorer, or to improve your child’s existing skills to match the Aquatots level of competence.

Every teaching group is purposefully kept small, with a maximum of four students per instructor. This creates an optimal learning environment where children of the same age learn to safely submerge and progress through the water with proper kicking.

The Emler Method

At Emler in Westwood, we recognize the innate desire of children to explore, learn, and have fun. Our classes are designed to combine these important developmental needs in innovative ways. Our instruction method combines positivity and fun, using games and creative themes to foster learning. We cultivate an environment that is non-competitive, where every child’s achievement is acknowledged and celebrated.

Our certified, specialized instructors progressively reveal the fun of swimming for your child. The curriculum becomes increasingly engaging as children learn to hold their breath, roll over in the water, submerge underwater, and eventually gain the ability to move through the water independently.

Emler classes are characterized by a lively and playful atmosphere where children naturally acquire new skills. The bond between a teacher and a student is built on mutual trust and unwavering support.

With an award-winning curriculum and nearly half a century’s worth of experience in teaching kids to swim, Emler makes a simple promise: Your child will learn to swim and become proficient in the water.

For Parents

At Emler, we encourage parents to be a part of every class, whether they prefer to watch from our comfortable observation room or cheer on their child from the pool deck. Our guide on “Your Child’s First Swim Lesson” offers useful tips on making this new experience smooth and enjoyable. Our Elmer Facilities are scrupulously designed and maintained for the highest standards of safety, cleanliness, and comfort for both our little swimmers and their parents.

Choosing the Appropriate Class for Your Toddler

Emler believes in placing young learners in an environment that aligns with their swim abilities, which helps build confidence and promotes an environment of positive reinforcement.

That’s why we have progressive levels in each of our age-specific programs and offer free evaluations to determine the most suitable teaching level for your child.

Please refer to the Emler guide “Finding the Right Class for Your Child.” With four levels in the Aquatots toddler swim program, we ensure that your child is placed in the right level for their abilities.

For children aged three years and up, we kickstart their learning journey with a free 10-minute one-on-one Swim Skills Evaluation with a skilled instructor. The instructor will then match your child to the class that perfectly suits their abilities.

What Your Child Will Learn at Elmer Swim School

Your toddler will learn water safety techniques that will last a lifetime. The lessons utilize songs and games, making them more fun.

The Waterbabies program has six levels that help place your toddler at the right level depending on their skills.

In early stages, parents join their child in the water. But as their skills progress, your toddler will be with a teacher while you watch from outside the pool.

As your toddler improves their skills, they will first gain confidence in the water and learn to submerge comfortably for 8-10 seconds.

As their skill set improves, your child will learn to kick through the water, first for up to 3 feet and, at higher skill levels, for up to 10 feet.

At our X-treme Waterbabies level, your toddler will learn rollover breathing, an essential water safety skill where they learn to roll into a back float to take a new breath.

Throughout the toddler swimming lessons, the distance will get longer, the classes more fun, and the smiles wider!

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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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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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