About KIDS FIRST Swim Schools
KIDS FIRST Swim Schools was incorporated in Maryland in 2001 by owner and founder Gary Roth. His dream was to develop a better way to teach swimming to children in America.
Our fundamental beliefs are that:
- We believe that children learn best in an environment designed especially for them. Would you teach a child to play basketball on an adult basketball court? Or, teach baseball to a child on a major league diamond? Well, it’s just as silly to teach a child to swim in an adult pool! Most general purpose pools are simply too deep and too cold for children. KIDS FIRST pools have the proper depths, pool temperatures and amenities conducive to early learning.
- As they do in Europe and Australia, we believe that children should start developing their swimming skills earlier, rather than later. Americans have traditionally been too conservative regarding how we “reintroduce our children to water” (yes, we all came from an aquatic environment). The American Pediatrics Academy is partially to blame for this. Their ultra conservative position has scared some parents. And, the absence of specially designed facilities for children has also contributed. KIDS FIRST looks to change all this and help our children here in the United States catch up to more progressive countries around the world.
- We believe we have a better way to teach swimming. Unlike other “learn to swim programs”, KIDS FIRST recognizes that proper swimming is a very unnatural movement done in 1/6 timing. You may have noticed how your arms and legs swing in a natural 1/1 timing as you walk down the street. As you pick it up into a jog, your arms will move faster and faster to maintain this 1/1 timing. And, if you were to break into a full sprint, your arms would pump faster and faster to maintain that 1/1 timing. This is natural. Watch an Olympic athlete run down the track; they are trained to run in perfect 1/1 timing. Yet, swimming is 1/6 timing. How can we teach children to kick 6X faster than their arms are moving? The KIDS FIRST/Kick First Learn to Swim System® tackles this challenge in a logical systematic fashion like no other program out there. The curriculum is so different and has been so successful, that it was awarded copyright status by the United States Library of Congress!