What exactly is survival swim?

What exactly *IS* survival swim??

Water-related accidents can happen unexpectedly and within a matter of seconds, posing a significant danger to children. As a matter of fact, drowning is the leading cause of death in children ages 1 to 4, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s where we come in.

Survival swimming is a specialized skill that equips children (and adults) with the ability to ensure their own safety. The School of Yaya’s Fishes trains our students to save themselves in water-related emergencies. Unlike traditional swimming lessons that focus on stroke technique and recreational swimming, survival swim focuses primarily on water survival skills and building water confidence.


Key Elements of Survival Swim:

1. Breath Control and Submersion

Survival swim teaches children to hold their breath underwater and remain calm when submerged. This training enables them to respond appropriately in unexpected situations, such as accidentally falling into the water.

2. Floating Techniques

One of the fundamental skills taught in survival swim is floating. Children learn to assume a floating position on their backs, which allows them to rest and breathe while awaiting rescue or until they can reach a safe location.

3. Swim and Movement

Our program focuses on teaching basic swimming skills to enable children to move themselves through the water toward safety. This includes kicking, reaching, and propelling themselves using their arms and legs.

Our program teaches our students each of these key elements through repetition, gradual skill progression, and age-appropriate teaching methods to ensure effective learning.

Our survival swim program is offered by two very capable swim instructors, certified in Pediatric Life Support (PALS), and their assistants. Classes are conducted in a one-on-one or small group setting to provide personalized attention and tailored instruction.


If you’re ready to dive in, send us a text at (870) 206-0069 to get registered. We are currently accepting registrations for our next wave of students starting on March 4.

We’re also trying to raise funds for SAFE Swim Foundation in order to gift this skill to children whose families may not be able to afford our lessons. Please consider making a donation at SAFESwimFoundation.com