Marie Boetel giving swimming lessons at the Avera McKennan Fitness Center.
Swim and Fitness Instructor Marie Boetel at the Avera McKennan Fitness Center explains why starting kids as young as 6 months old helps get them acclimated to the water.
Marie Boetel is an instructor at the Avera McKenann Fitness Center and says, "We start at 6 months old in a group setting with their parents. We typically limit it to 10 sets. At 6 months we are getting them acclimated to the water and getting them used to the water. Once they start to walk on land and start to propel themselves on land, they can propel themselves in the water. They start to learn skills in the water. They roll over from their front to their back, kick with their legs, and roll back over. They can start to get to where they are going. While they are in the water we want to get them comfortable. Then they start to learn basic skills like holding their breath because if they accidentally get pushed in or accidentally went into the deep end they would know how to get back to where they can touch. Level 1 is a comfort level. Level 2 they start to learn skills. Level 3 we start stroke development."