My name is Taylor Alexander. My husband, Chris and I have three beautiful children, Ian (born 2010), Eli (born 2012), and Elise (born 2017). I am a Red Cross Certified Water Safety Instructor Trainer as well as CPR certified, and have taught Red Cross lessons since 2000.
When we had a scary incident with Ian at age 3, I wanted to make sure he and Eli learned to swim well enough to save themselves as early as possible.
I signed them up for lessons where we were living at the time, which boasted they could have my children swimming in 8 lessons or less thanks to a prone positioning method. To my surprise, both were swimming well after 4 30-minute lessons!
The lessons we offer teach this prone positioning method, but we also added a HUGE safety component. This not only teaches children to swim at astonishingly early ages but introduces all the different ways they could save themselves if they fell into a body of water accidentally. Since 2014, we've taught over 7,000 children this method and about 80% of the little ones accomplished these goals. We call this new method, Survival First. Some toddlers may not be strong enough to accomplish all the goals listed on this page without a little assistance. But around 3 years of age, children should be able to do these skills by lesson 8. Once these swimmers can swim independently, we offer Red Cross Learn to Swim programs, as well.
We look forward to bonding with each of your little ones during lessons. We understand how hard it is to let go and let a little one experience new, scary things, particularly when they are upset. However, you are allowing them to be taught a skill that might one day save their lives. We encourage you be tough, take lots of deep breaths, and allow us to teach your children this method. By the end of lesson, you'll be amazed at how proud they are to show off their new skills to you!
Our lead instructors are Red Cross certified Water Safety Instructors (WSI) with several years of teaching and/or coaching experience and are assisted by Red Cross certified WSI Aides or certified lifeguards. All are infant/child CPR certified. Our staff to child ratio is 1:4 or 1:5 in more advanced classes.
What your child will be taught at Tadpole Academy in the beginner class:
Hello! I am a wife and mommy of three, Leeann (born in 2012), Alex and Aidan (born in 2014). My mother instilled in me the importance of water safety at a very young age, and I have done the same with my kiddos! They all have taken Survival First classes at Tadpole Academy during different stages in their young life. Let me help guide you to the best class for your little one in your area!
Hi! My name is Haley Littlefield and I have been teaching at Tadpole Academy for 4 years. I am WSI certified, CPR certified and have swim team experience from when I was younger. I adore teaching swim lessons and somehow love it more and more every day!
Red Cross certified WSI
8 years teaching experience