Certified Infant Survival Swimming Instructor Kimberly Smith-Dehler

Kimberly Smith-Dehler

Founder of Early Learning Swim Academy located in Cocoa and Rockledge, Florida.

Experience and background

 

I’m a  Florida native, born in Fort Lauderdale, FL and moved to Central  Florida at the age of 3. Having lived in Florida all of my life, I’m no  stranger to water. My family has always had a backyard pool from the  time I could crawl. I grew up surfing, swimming, snorkeling, jet skiing  and by the time I turned 16, I was SCUBA certified. I can’t remember  when water wasn’t a part of my everyday life. I absolutely love the  water and outdoor activities and know how fun it can be for children and  families to enjoy. I also know how dangerous the water can be when it’s  not understood or taken seriously.
When  I was in high school, I had a friend lose her brother to a drowning  accident. He was at his father’s house when the family was eating  dinner, the child got into the family pool with no warning and by the  time they found him, it was too late. Since then, he and his family have  always been on my mind.
Moving  forward to when I had my first child, I did some research and found  that children as young as 6 months old can learn how to swim and float.  It was surprising to me since I knew of a lot of parents with 2/3/4 year  olds who couldn’t swim. I was skeptical at first so I did some more  digging and found this wonderful news to be true. I signed up my son for  survival baby swimming lessons the very next day. As a parent on the  sideline, these lessons were quite hard to watch. The child works and  works hard during lessons. The first few days I wasn’t sure I made the  right decision but by the end of the third week I knew that it was the  best decision I had ever made for my child and my family. I can’t  express how proud of my son I was, how relieved I was to see him roll on  his back all on his own and float, and how excited I was to share my  experience with other parents. The feeling I got watching my son  transform from a helpless baby to a little person with confidence in the  water, enjoying the pool alongside his older cousins was indescribable.  
When  my son finished his swimming lessons, I began my journey of spreading  the word, that babies, as young as 6 months old could swim and learn  techniques to save their own life in case of an accident.  We would take  our son to resort pools, back yard BBQ’s, and friend’s apartment pools  to let him swim. People were blown away by how little he was and what a  wonderful swimmer he was. After seeing much older children in the pool  with "water-wing" swim floaties on, I soon realized baby swimming isn’t  something that is well known or publicized but I knew I could help  change that. It was in that moment that I knew I had found my true  passion in life. Raising awareness by helping children learn to swim is  something that’s truly important to me. I searched all over the county  to be sure I received the best possible training available.  Finally, I  attend the PediaSwim Academy at Southwest Aquatics with Joy McGinty  where I learned the skills and techniques needed to teach babies and  children how to swim and I become a certified swim instructor. I’m also  CPR/AED and First Aid certified by the American Heart Association since  2000. I look forward to swimming with your child soon.
Certified Survival Infant Swimming Lessons Instructor Kimberly Smith-Dehler

Certified Infant Survival Swimming Instructor Kimberly Smith-Dehler