At Miller Swim School in Tulsa, we believe that swimming should be a year-round activity for infants and children of all ages. Our infant swim programs begin at 4 months of age and foster parent and child bonding while teaching foundational water safety skills and education.
While you may be hesitant to enroll your child in swim lessons before they’re able to walk, there are so many benefits to early swimming instruction. For starters, swimming lessons can reduce the risk of accidental childhood drowning by 88%. Since drowning is the leading cause of accidental death in children under 4, providing opportunities for your child to learn water safety is imperative.
Early education also makes it easy to give your child a positive experience with swimming. Children who get their feet wet early in life tend to have less fear and apprehension around water. Swimming improves confidence in other ways, too. Infant and toddler swim classes include water play, fun songs and close contact with mom, dad or another trusted caregiver. These elements, plus the joy of learning a new skill, create a supportive and social group environment that fosters self-confidence.
When should my toddler or baby start swimming lessons?
Infants as young as 4 months old can benefit from group swimming lessons! Miller’s infant and toddler swim classes are designed for kids ages 4 months to 3 years old. In our ParentTot classes you’ll be in the pool with your child to support, soothe and cheer them on the entire time.
When your child is ready for some independence (ages 2 years and up), our Toddler Transition class offers a supportive learn-to-swim experience with our attentive instructors, while parents watch from our lobby viewing area.
What are Infant Swimming Resource (ISR) lessons?
We are sometimes asked what ISR lessons are and if we teach infant self rescue. While water safety skills are our first priority for all swimmers, our curriculum does not include the ISR philosophy. We believe swimmers need to develop swim skills that not only allow them to float, but also move themselves to safety as confident, efficient swimmers. Having a correct, efficient swim stroke enables swimmers to move themselves out of potentially dangerous situations.
The ISR philosophy promotes “self-rescue” swimming skills with various methods of instruction based on the child’s age. For example, survival swimming for babies might include learning how to roll onto their backs to rest through repeated exposure of being forced underwater. While we can all agree that learning to float is an important water safety skill, we differ in our approach to teaching, and experts have yet to prove that the ISR method is a more effective teaching approach.
Our philosophy in teaching water safety skills includes an environment where all swimmers learn to love and respect the water while learning fundamental swim skills. At Miller, we believe that you can’t effectively teach traumatized kiddos who fear water. When thinking about ISR and other toddler survival swimming programs, we urge you to do extensive research to determine if they are the right fit for your family.
Our Water Safety Curriculum
When it comes to choosing swimming lessons for your children, we know you have plenty of options. We also know exactly what young swimmers and their families need to have the best experience possible. Our warm water pools and small class sizes help Miller stand out, but it’s our proven curriculum that ensures your child learns new skills while having a blast.
The lesson plans we use were developed by a team of experienced and passionate world-class swimmers. From infancy to toddlerhood and beyond, our progressive curriculum empowers your child to become a stronger swimmer.
For students 4 months to 3 years. Babies and their parents work together to develop the foundational skills crucial for learning to swim and promote safety in the water. Classes have a student-to-teacher ratio of up to 6 parent/student combos to 1 instructor. Parents, don’t forget your swimsuit! A parent must get in the water.
For students 4 months to 3 years who have accomplished the skills in our ParentTot I program. Babies and toddlers and their parents work together to develop the beginning swimming skills crucial for learning strokes and promote safety in the water. Classes have a student-to-teacher ratio of up to 6 parent/student combos to 1 instructor. Parents, don’t forget your swimsuit! A parent must get in the water.
For students ages 2 to 3 years. Class focuses on fundamental swimming and safety skills while learning how to safely be a part of a group class. Classes typically have up to 3 students to 1 instructor.
For students ages 2 to 3 years who have accomplished the skills in our Toddler Transition I program. Class focuses on fundamental swimming and safety skills while learning how to safely be a part of a group class. In this class, swimmers must be completely independent of the parent. Classes typically have up to 3 students to 1 instructor.
Private lessons are available for all skill levels and are a great option for those looking to progress or refine skills quickly. Classes are scheduled on a weekly, ongoing basis.
Semi-private lessons are available for all skill levels and are a great option for siblings or friends to be in the same class. Classes are scheduled on a weekly, ongoing basis.
“My kids are learning fast and feel more and more confident in the water!”
“My son is confident when he is in or around water, which makes us much more comfortable and confident about his safety.”
“I was sold the first lesson my son had. He looks forward to coming to class every single week!”
We offer a variety of swim lesson programs for children of all ages and levels. Whether your child is just starting to get comfortable in the water or moving on to more advanced techniques we have you covered. Our progressive curriculum starts with foundational skills in beginner level classes and develops swimmers to be advanced swimmers. We offer a variety of class types from small group classes featuring a 4:1 student to teacher ratio to semi-private and private lessons.
Whether you are just starting out, overcoming a fear of water or you are looking to refine your swim skills, our program gives adult swimmers at every level the opportunity to improve their skills. We offer a variety of class types for adults from small group classes to semi-private and private lessons. It’s never too late to learn this critical life skill.
Our private swim lessons allow swimmers of all ages and levels to progress through our curriculum at their own pace with one of our certified swim instructors. Each 30 minute class will be customized around mastering the skills to become a better, stronger, safer swimmer. Private and semi-private lessons are great options if you are looking for more time focused on your individual swimmer or siblings wanting to be in the same class.
Our swim team prep program takes swimmers who already have knowledge of the competitive swimming strokes and want to refine their swimming skills. The program includes regular weekly sessions with a set workout with an out of water coach whose primary goal is to mimic an experience one would have on a recreational swim team. Whether you’re looking to prepare for a summer swim team, get a jump start on swim team training or just get some mileage in the water practicing stroke technique, our Swim Team program will add a dose of weekly water fun to your schedule.
Our family swim is a great time for your family to practice swimming skills outside of regular swimming lessons or to enjoy our kid and family friendly swimming pools and stay active year-round. We encourage our current swimmers and their families to utilize this time to practice water safety, improve on swim skills and socialize with other families. Our warm water indoor pools make family swimming enjoyable for all.
Want to make your child’s next birthday party unforgettable? Host your celebration with Miller Swim School! Our heated indoor pools, certified lifeguards, and indoor party room are a wonderful way to celebrate birthdays without worrying about the unpredictable Tulsa weather.
Swimming is a life skill for all and it can also have tremendous therapeutic benefits. Being in water can soothe sensory overload, provide relief from physical discomfort, and provide students with a sense of independence. In addition to teaching water safety skills, swimming lessons can also improve balance, coordination, strength, and range of motion. At Miller Swim School we have a team of certified instructors with various training and experience in working with students with special abilities. We encourage meeting with you and your swimmer prior to starting lessons to discuss your goals and develop a customized teaching plan that meets the needs of your family.
Our seasonal swim camps are perfect for swimmers looking to jump start their skills by swimming with us on a more frequent basis. Lesson frequency and consistency (along with quality instruction and a world class swim curriculum) is a key element in progressing a student’s swimming ability. Our seasonal swim camps provide lessons multiple times per week and are 2 weeks in duration.