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SwimFun Academy & Survival Aquatics
The First Coast’s “Club for Kids”
Registration is now open for Survival Aquatic lessons and SwimFun Academy Memberships – Club (8X/Mo) and Flex (4/Mo), Private Lessons, Swim Team Prep, and SwimBridge. You can also register your child for our Minecraft, Roblox, Fortnite and Madden Gaming Leagues as well as our extended-day Virtual Reality STEM programs.
Our Swim Academy offers a range of swim programs with level-appropriate lessons to maximize our SwimFun Kids opportunities to PROGRESS. Our progression pledge is at the forefront of our model and blends modernized swim instruction with FUN programs & character building via our SwimBuddy 360 initiative.
Modernized & Leveled Survival Aquatic programs for ages 6 Months-4Yrs. The most advanced and gentle swim survival platform where the Settle. Spin. Swim. Survive.™ sequence is mastered. Followed by a First-in-Class SwimFun Bridge Program for muscle memory and skill continuity.
Proprietary engineered & structured pool that focuses on comfort (88°-90°) and safety. Our waiting room is a Gaming Arena, stocked with Virtual Reality rides, Nintendo and XBox consoles all set to free play with over 20 flat screen TVs for SwimFun Members, Parents and Siblings.
Safety First. Fun Always. Progress Promised.™
Our Swim Academy & Survival Aquatic Programs deliver what your child needs
Our Swim Academy instruction model is rooted in techniques that:
Teach kids strong swim skills…In a fun, controlled and destination environment…With a foundation of continuous progression and…Firm teachings of character & integrity through SwimBuddy 360 where friendships are forged
Our Survival Aquatics instruction model is rooted in techniques that:
Are gentle on babies…In a regulated pool environment…That is climate controlled & weather agnostic with…Three levels of Survival Aquatics offerings…With a First-in-Class “Bridge” program to ensure muscle memory & progression
New Concepts, Parent Approved
Similar to “Karate Belt Color” advancement, we focus on a fundamental progression approach in which our SwimFun kids will consistently gain stronger skills from a core foundation. This produces an exciting progression method in which they will thrive to strive for the next level SwimBand color.
Character & Integrity
SwimBuddy 360 is a one-of-a-kind program that goes “beyond the pool”. Traits such as water etiquette, character, protective instincts and integrity are all molded into our SwimFun kids to make water a safer place. SwimBuddy 360 is our holistic swim school philosophy that develops life skills in and out of the water.
Modernized Survival Aquatics
We offer three levels of survival aquatic programs as opposed to a “one size fits all” approach you see today. Our programs are trademarked and cannot be taught unless from a SwimFun Academy Survival Aquatics instructor. Our unique approach is leveled by Babies/Infants, Toddlers and Little Kids.
A Modernized Swim School
& Club for Kids
Swim Academy – Beginners to Advanced
Gaming Arena & Leagues
STEM Learning Pod
Accredited STEM-Centric Education & Gaming HQ
Forging Forever Friendships
SwimFun’s distinctive facility offers an array of opportunities for our young members to learn, grow, collaborate and socialize:
Stem-Centric Summer Camps – Swimming combined with Gaming, Coding, VR Google Expeditions and H₂O Science Activities. Minecraft, Roblox and Harry Potter Themes
Stem-Centric After School Programs* – Swimming lessons combined with VR Google Expeditions. *A select # of transportation spots from Palm Valley Academy & Pine Island Academy will be available in the ’22-’23 school year
Gaming Camps & Tournaments – NFL Madden, FIFA, MLB, Super Mario, League of Legends & Minecraft Events
SwimFun Friday Night Club – On select Friday Nights, SwimFun will host Movie & Gaming Events for 7-10 year olds
All STEM programs offered by SwimFun are accredited through the International School of the Americas.
Get in Touch
See SwimFun’s Master Survival Aquatics Instructor, Paige
Teach the Settle. Spin. Swim. Survive.™ technique
Frequently Asked Questions
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What are Survival Aquatic lessons like?
First and foremost, our Survival Aquatic programs are gentle. They are modernized and leveled 1:1 private lessons, gently honing each child’s ability to learn a survival skill-set. Infants first learn to hold their breath underwater. Next, they learn to float on their backs. Then they learn to rotate from a face-down position to a face-up back-float. Children who are walking learn to “settle” and hold their breath underwater and then propel for a short distance on their tummies by kicking their feet. They learn to roll over and float on their backs to breathe, then flip back onto their tummies and swim again: “Settle.Spin.Swim.Survive.™” Once children acquire their skills, instructors test them in clothes to better prepare them for unexpected falls into the water.
How are Survival Aquatics lessons structured?
Survival Aquatics programs are 1:1, 4 days per week (M-Th) for 4-6 weeks. Lessons are 10 minutes long. Each swim lesson builds upon the previous day’s lesson, so there is measurable progress each week.
How long does the Survival Aquatics program take?
Many kids are “swimming” after only a few lessons. A complete course of private lessons typically requires 4-6 weeks. Every child is different. We generally see non-walkers complete the program in 4-5 weeks and walkers 5-6 weeks. When complete, your child will evolve from being completely helpless to being confident and capable of saving his or her own life in weeks.
How is your Survival Aquatics program different than ISR?
We believe it’s different & better in many aspects. We offer a more modernized model – with multiple levels (and less of a one-size-fits-all approach) – and in a much more “gentle” manner. We do not compare and contrast as we believe any mode that helps children survive is beneficial to parents and society. Our model is based on Progression. Within the same facility and with the same expert instructors, our Survival Aquatics program progresses into SwimFun Bridge and then eventually into SwimFun Academy. Other programs, such as ISR, are generally a “one and done” program in a backyard pool. We feel an environment that is regulated by the Florida Department of Health, that is weather agnostic and free from weather-induced cancellations, creates a safe and continuous learning experience.
How can you teach a baby who cannot talk?
Swimming and floating are motor skills that can be taught to a baby through repetitive exercises, along with gentle verbal encouragement. We show the babies what we want them to do, and over a short period of time, they learn the skills necessary to survive. Our program is gentle and proven.
Are your Swim Programs expensive?
Even though you can’t put a price on water safety, we ensure our programs are fairly priced. The average cost for swim lessons nationally is $40 per lesson. In Florida, the average cost per lesson is $38. On the First Coast, the average cost is $36. At SwimFun, our Survival Aquatic & Academy programs are all below the local threshold, while also offering a best-in-class facility for parents, siblings and students with a full gaming arena, water temperature near 90 degrees and an indoor facility free from all outside elements (heat, cold, rain, lightening etc.).
Why Survival Aquatics at SwimFun Academy?
SwimFun’s Survival Aquatics Program continues to be the safest, most effective learn to swim program available. Our staff is constantly refining, studying and learning to stay on the cutting edge of Survival Aquatics. We have modernized and leveled an infant swim survival program, that is then connected to multiple progression programs, that continues to be unmatched in the industry.
When can infants and children learn to swim?
Once a child is crawling, usually between 6 months and 8 months, they can learn to swim for fun and roll to a safe, balanced, secure float for safety. Once a child begins to crawl, they are at risk of finding an unguarded body of water and falling in. If they have learned how to behave in the water, they will roll to a float and calmly await rescue. Once a child is walking, usually between 12 months and 18 months, the swimmer can learn to Settle. Spin. Swim. Survive™. A toddler can swim in the proper head down posture, with feet kicking at the surface, roll to a balanced float to rest and breathe, then flip back over to swim to safety. With practice, they can swim longer distances using the Settle. Spin. Swim. Survive.™ sequence. Once a child is two or three years old, depending how early they began their aquatic education, they can begin Stroke Progression. Small children can easily learn to backstroke from the balanced backfloat. Side breathing is simple as they already have the core strength for a roll. Butterfly and breaststroke are fun to learn when children are confident and secure in their swimming and floating.
Are there lessons for older children?
Overall, the majority of our programs target ages 6-months to 10 years of age. We do offer programs up to 12 years of age in both our SwimFun Academy and Private Lessons.
Why should my child take swim lessons year-round?
Two main reasons: 1.) We believe that swim lessons should be offered year-round because it helps our students maintain and improve their swimming skills and knowledge of water safety. Our perpetual lessons are also more convenient because they’re provided on a schedule that works with yours. You’ll always have the option to make changes to your lesson times if needed. 2.) Our SwimBuddy 360 Program teaches kids more than just swimming. We offer a perfect environment for socializing, to build integrity, character and confidence and lastly, for kids to hone their communication and life skills.
What are the different levels of SwimFun Academy Memberships?
Our “Club” Membership allows for 8 Monthly lessons and is the preferred option as skills are best developed swimming more than once per week. Our “Flex” membership allows for 4 Monthly lessons, one per week. Additionally, we offer Private Lessons (4 lessons per month), SwimBridge (8 or 4 15-min lessons per month), and Swim Team Prep (4 45-min lessons per month).
What is Toddler Survival Aquatics?
Once a child can walk, they are strong enough to flip from a float to swim back to safety. Toddlers can be taught to Settle. Spin. Swim. Survive.™ and even begin stroke lessons. SwimFun Academy, its Survival Aquatics and Bridge Programs are the only programs that teach stoke lessons after a child learns their Basic Training. Research shows that early swimmers meet their developmental milestones earlier than their non-swimming counterparts.
Does SwimFun require contracts?
No. Survival Aquatic programs are static lessons that take 4-6 weeks. SwimFun Academy requires one of two membership levels – and these memberships can be cancelled with 30 days notice.
Does SwimFun have a make-up policy?
SwimFun offers one make-up per calendar month when a participant misses a scheduled class. These will be scheduled on Fridays and Saturdays and must be within three weeks from the date of the original absence and is subject to the availability of instructors and time slots. No credit will be given if the student is subsequently unable to attend the scheduled make-up lesson. It is the parent’s responsibility to email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a make-up.