Division Three (12-36 months) is for toddlers.
The objective in division three is to establish a safe routine for toddlers in and around water from day one. While the aim in division three is to have toddlers swimming, focus is primarily on safe behaviour. The approach is characteristically AQUATOTS toddler swimming (to swim).
Toddlers can take anywhere from several days to a couple of weeks, months or even years to learn to swim. It depends on the way they are being taught, their age and how much time they spend in swim-related activity.
When the focus of lessons is primarily on teaching actual swimming strokes, the learning period is greatly prolonged and toddlers may be put at an even greater risk of drowning in the process. The reason for this is that the method of teaching tends to foster a false sense of security.
The AQUATOTS approach takes advantage of a repertoire of behaviour patterns that toddlers have already acquired and that can easily be transformed into valuable life-saving skills when adapted to water. Toddlers have no trouble doing this. They delight in exploring the possibilities of these familiar behaviour patterns to the extent that they master them as effective life-saving skills in a comparatively short time. What’s more, they learn to swim in the process.
Toddlers coming from division two will be at an advantage especially if they have already mastered such primary swimming skills as buoyancy, the back float and even submersion by then. These toddlers learn to adapt their new motor ability to water on a more sophisticated level than toddlers who do not have division two experience. Toddlers who are so advantaged master swimming ability much quicker and at a much younger age than toddlers who are new to the program and start lessons in division three at the to swim level.