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

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12 Days of Giveaways – Spreading the holiday cheer!

Get ready for a swimmingly festive holiday season as we kick off our 12 Days of Giveaways event! Starting December 12, we’re unwrapping 12 incredible prizes over 12 days, leading up to the grand finale – a FULL SAFE Swim Scholarship for one lucky family! 🎁🏊‍♂️

Here’s how to join the holiday fun:

  • 🕗 Timing: At 8 AM each day, we’ll post a new giveaway on our Facebook page!
  • ⏰ Deadline: You have until 11:59 PM the same day to enter for a chance to win!
  • 🎉 Winners: We’ll randomly select a winner and announce them the following morning.

Remember, the ONLY account that will contact you if you win is this one: @yayasfishes. Keep an eye on your messages!

Spread the joy by tagging your friends in this post and turning on your notifications, so you never miss a giveaway. 🎅 If you’re new here, hit that follow button – we’re about to make a splash this holiday! 🌈✨

Let’s kick off the festivities on Dec. 12 and share the Christmas spirit together! 🎄🎁


The entry period for 12 Days of Giveaways contest runs from Tuesday, December 12 at 8 a.m. until Saturday, December 23, 2023 at 11:59 p.m.

To enter, parents and legal guardians will comment on daily Facebook posts from The School of Yaya’s Fishes Facebook page.

Registrants may enter to win once per day, per family.

Contest winners will be drawn after 8 a.m. on the day after each post. The winners will be announced and contacted by a Facebook private message before the close of business that day. Upon contact, a representative of The School of Yaya’s Fishes will work with the winning guardian to arrange a time to pick up each prize.

The prizes are as follows:
  1. BRIGHTSwim Swimsuit of your choosing, value varies depending on selected garment.
  2. 3 pack of Finding Dory Diving Toys, valued at $16 based on retail cost.
  3. Free Photo Package, valued at $99 based on cost of package.
  4. 6 pack of Paw Patrol Diving Toys, valued at $17 based on retail cost.
  5. FREE SAFE Swim 2 Day, valued at $25 based on cost of lessons.
  6. 3 pack of Little Mermaid Diving Toys, valued at $12 based on retail cost.
  7. Official Rash Guard, value varies depending on selected garment.
  8. $20 discount on lessons, valued at $20 based on amount of certificate.
  9. 3 pack of Frozen 2 Dive Toys, valued at $12 based on retail cost.
  10. One FREE week of SAFE Swim 1, valued at $115 based on cost of lessons.
  11. Half-off SAFE Swim 1 Lessons, approximated value at $230 based on cost of lessons.
  12. FULL SAFE Swim 1 Scholarship, approximated value at $460 based on cost of lessons.

For SAFE Swim 1, Survival Swim Training sessions are every day Monday through Friday in 10-to-15-minute sessions for the length of the student’s training. While the average length of training is four weeks, this timeline may vary, based on each student’s rate of improvement and task comprehension.

The winners of the 12 Days of Giveaways will be selected at random from the pool of registrations.

Ultimately, the winning scholarship recipient must be below the age of 18 and able to crawl to qualify.

Only one winner is permitted per household within 60 days of after a household has a winner.

Who can win:

The School of Yaya’s Fishes and SAFE Swim Foundation restricts winners to the immediately serviceable area – within the Arkansas counties of Clay, Randolph, Lawerence, Greene, Craighead, Mississippi, Jackson, Poinsett, Cross, and Crittenden; and the Missouri counties of Dunklin, Pemiscot, and New Madrid.  Any means of transportation to redeem the scholarship will not be provided. The responsibility of cost to travel rests solely with the scholarship winner. Neither Terri (Yaya) Mommsen, nor a member of her Staff, will travel to provide lessons to a winning family. Survival Swim Training sessions must be performed at The School of Yaya’s Fishes facility.

No purchase is necessary. Prizes are not redeemable or transferable for cash. Scholarships and paid lessons are not retroactive and cannot cover the already-paid tuition of a student who has previously been through the program. The School of Yaya’s Fishes and SAFE Swim Foundation shall have no further responsibility in connection with the scholarship if the scholarship winner, for any reason, cannot or decides not to use any of the survival swim lessons provided.

Giving Tuesday: Support Water Safety Education

Hey friends and community supporters! This Giving Tuesday, let’s come together to make a splash for a great cause – the SAFE Swim Foundation!

We’re on a mission to provide life-saving swim lessons to children facing financial barriers in Northeast Arkansas. Every child deserves the chance to learn vital water safety skills, and your donation can make a HUGE difference!

  • **How Can You Help?**

    Donate today to our scholarship fund and help us reach our goal! Your contribution will directly fund the teaching of our survival swim curriculum, ensuring that no child is left behind when it comes to water safety.
  • **Why SAFE Swim Foundation?**

    We believe in preventing water-related accidents by empowering children with the skills they need to stay safe in and around water. With your support, we can make a lasting impact on our community and create a safer future for our kids!
  • **Give the Gift of Water Safety!**

    Click the link below to donate and be a part of something truly special. Together, we can create a ripple effect of change!
  • **Spread the Word!**

    Share this post and let your friends and family know about our mission. Together, we can make waves of positive change and make NEA a SAFE Swim Zone!

Thank you for your generosity and commitment to water safety education! Let’s make this Giving Tuesday one to remember!