Swimming Lessons

Parent & Tot

At Markham Dolphin Aquatics we believe in having fun, informative, safety-based Parent-Tot swim lessons. In our lessons, you will be exposed to water safety techniques for both you (how to properly hold your child in the water, how to supervise effectively, etc) AND for your tot (back floats, the Jump In Turn Around technique, etc).


About our Parent & Tot Swim Lessons

Markham Dolphin Aquatics Parent-Tot program is all about consistency and repetition. We look for improvement within the skills, as well as improved comfort in the water. Please note that each child is different, so it is not a good idea to compare your child with the other class participants. Our program is not an aggressive program, but we do believe that having the child go underwater at each lesson is important. While we encourage submersion, each parent may choose for themselves what is best for their child.

The following are some tips that we feel can create an effective Parent-Tot class with us:

  • Please be on time. That means at the pool, ready to start promptly at class time. Being rushed is never a good start for any type of lesson, nor is becoming anxious by arriving too early.

  • Go to the bathroom right before class. Having to get out of the pool during class can take a lot of time away from your tot’s lesson.

  • Be positive about the pool and about your swim lessons. Saying “it’s cold” or having a negative attitude is easily passed from you to your child. With your encouragement and positive attitude, your child will be more likely to enjoy their swim lessons.

  • Please use elasticized SWIM DIAPERS.

  • Typically a child will stay in the parent-tot class until they are three years old. If a child is emotionally ready to be without you when they are two or two and a half, we are happy to try the “big girl/big boy” class. This can be discussed with your instructor.

  • Practice water safety skills and be consistent in enforcing them around all pools/bodies of water.

Remember: there is no substitute for eye-to-eye contact and having fun!


What does a Parent & Tot class look like?


During this parented class (yes, parents. You are in the water with your tot) we focus on water acclimation and fun! Babies develop floating and fundamental skills with basic water safety for parents. We build on your baby's breath holding reflex and use toys to focus your baby's attention. At this age we strive to create a warm and inviting environment to create an enjoyable experience for both baby and parent!


The Lifesaving Society Parent & Tot program structures in-water interaction between parent and child to stress the importance of play in developing water-positive attitudes and skills. Activities and progressions are based on child development, so parents register in the level appropriate for their child’s age. Targeted Water Smart® drowning prevention messages are an integral part of the Swim for Life® program. These messages are delivered in all Parent & Tot levels from 1 to 3.

Parent & Tot Levels
One session of eight, 30 minute group lessons (levels 1 to 3) with 3 students to 1 Instructor.

Parent is in the water with the child.  Please contact us directly for Parent & Tot times.

Learn more about our Instructors

Semi-Private & Private swimming lessons are available upon request.
Please call for pricing & availability.

Find the Perfect Swimming Lessons

Need help choosing the right Swimming Lesson for you Child? Check out our Registration Guidelines PDF.

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