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At Sea Otter Swim, it’s a joy for us to play a part in your child’s social development. Every level of swim instruction we provide offers an important benefit to the the emotional and social well-being of a child, builds self-esteem, and helps promote positive social interaction.

Boys swimming

As a parent, one of the most heartfelt wishes we have for our children is that they experience happiness in life. The ability to develop rich social relationships directly correlates to our perceived happiness later in life, and is an important part of early childhood development.


Ultimately, our self-confidence, ability to trust, love, and relate to those around us determine our future capacity to maintain healthy relationships and cultivate happiness.


Here’s a quick peek at how children of all ages can take advantage of the social benefits of swim lessons.


Parent/Tot Classes


Parent/Tot classes help deepen parent/child bonding, and foster healthy attachment. Physical movement, the sounds of laughter, and splashing-good-fun all come together to stimulate a baby’s nervous system, cementing the positive social feelings he or she is experiencing during a lesson.


Trust in a parent during this time deepens, as does the ability of a child to trust the instructor, as he or she sees the parent do the same. This can be a helpful cue in social development, especially around ages 5-8 months when separation anxiety can begin to set in.


Private Lessons


As confidence and independence grow, we recommend moving from a parent/tot class into a private setting. Here, kids can learn to spread their wings and try new things with the safety net of a trained, and caring instructor nearby for support, whose attention is focused 100% on your child.

Little boy in private lessons

Emotional growth is exponential in this phase, as students bonds with their teacher, and continue to develop water safety and swimming skills, along with their own unique and individual personalities.


Teaching little swimmers how to overcome frustration with perseverance and a positive attitude is such an important life lesson, and it’s always rewarding to see the discipline and self-control taught in private lessons, carry over into the home and classroom.

Semi-private Lessons


They grow up so fast! And before you know it, they’re off to school, playing independently with other children, and developing the tiny bonds of friendship.

Little boys in semi-private lessons

Semi-private lessons teach cooperation, and teamwork. Learning new skills in a fun environment with other children of a similar age helps kids to realize that each person has their own strengths and weaknesses, and promotes the development of empathy and compassion.


Kids work together in semi-private lessons. They play games, practice water safety, and ultimately learn to encourage one another, respect individual differences, listen, and cooperate in a group setting.


At Sea Otter, we’re honored to play an important role, not only as it relates to your child’s swim and water safety skills, but also in the healthy development of their social and behavioral growth.


If you would like to sign your child up for swim lessons or would like to know more specific ways that we can help tailor swim lessons to your child’s social needs, please give us a call at (916) 660-9492.