About Us

Our Mission

Drowning is one of the leading causes of death in children.

At Little Fins, we've made it our heartfelt mission to put an end to this preventable tragedy. Your child's safety is more than just a priority; it's our mission. 

We believe in fostering a secure and joyful environment where children not only acquire essential survival swimming skills but also build a foundation of confidence and respect for the water.

Our dedicated team is committed to ensuring that every child becomes a skilled and confident swimmer, creating a fin-tastic journey that lasts a lifetime.

Our philosophy

Our guiding principle is independence through exploration.

Our proprietary programs were developed in conjunction with Olympic swim coaches, expert infant swim instructors, and child behavioral therapists to create lessons that are designed to harness your child’s natural curiosity and sense of exploration while guiding them to complete independence in the water.

Unlike other Survival Swimming programs, our lessons are never traumatic. Instead, we create a gentle and safe space in which to learn, ensuring a healthy and joyful relationship with the water, and cultivating a strong swimming foundation on which they can build and enjoy for a lifetime to come.

Meet The Team

Steve Crane
CEO & Co-Founder
Having served as the Senior Program Director for one of the nation's premier kids' Summer Camps, and boasting over 15 years experience as a private instructor, Steve has dedicated his career to positively shaping the lives of young minds.

Steve’s natural journey to Little Fins was fueled not only by his commitment to making a difference in the lives of children, but also by his love of swimming and accomplishments as an avid triathlete.
Lydia Boike, Phd
COO & Co-Founder
Lydia has shared a passion for chemistry and competitive swimming their entire life. As an accomplished chemist, honored with a Phd from UC Berkeley they excelled in higher education.

But their love of swimming combined with their strong  teaching has proven to be a winning combination for Little Fins. They approach teaching with an open-mind, always striving to challenge their students, while providing them with skills to practice and learn material both in class and at home.
Jack Crane
President & CFO
When it comes to survival, it's hard to find someone with more experience. Jack brings with them years of advanced training and honors from the fire department, rescue squad, medic unit and special operations that include rescue swimming, rapid intervention, swift water tactical responses and rescue dive deployments.

In addition to these practical water survival skills and training, Jack has successfully founded, built and navigated the successful outcome of multiple companies. The latest company they started was sold last year to Fidelity National Financial (FNF), currently ranked 238 on the Fortune 500 list.

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What are Survival Swim Lessons, and What Sets Little Fins Apart?

Little Fins' flagship program, Infant Survival swimming, is a systematic method which equips infants with the necessary skills to survive and self-rescue in the case of an accidental water submersion. Specifically, our gentle method empowers infants with the skills to float, breathe, and swim themselves to safety in the event of an emergency.

What sets Little Fins apart is our unwavering commitment to making this learning experience not only effective but also a gentle and enjoyable experience for your little one. We do this by creating a safe space where your child not only learns to swim but blossoms into a water-loving, safety-conscious adventurer with a healthy affinity with water.

What Age should I Begin my Child in Swim Lessons?

It's never too early to start your child's aquatic journey! It’s been shown that children as young as 3 months old can benefit from Swim Lessons. Increased cognitive and motor skill development, increased confidence by learning a foundational life skill, and fostering a precious bond between parent and child are just a few of the many advantages.

Activities like Cup Conditioning, and supervised Water Exploration are great ways to begin safely preparing your little one for their new environment. Our Survival I program was designed specifically for this purpose, and is where we suggest all of our new students begin their Aquatics Journey!

Why Do We Require Parents to be in the Water During Survival Swimming Lessons?

By having parents in the water during lessons, it fosters in our little swimmers a sense of security and comfort. When they see their parents smiling and having fun, they also start smiling and having fun. This not only strengthens the trust and bond between Parent & Child but also allows you to actively participate in their aquatic journey. Your presence provides reassurance, helping your child build confidence as they become familiar with their new environment. Together, we create a supportive environment where every splash is a shared triumph, making the learning experience not only effective but also an enjoyable bonding experience!

Also, it’s important to remember that drowning prevention is not any one person's responsibility and at Little Fins we provide a complete education on water safety, not only to the child but also to the parent.

What is the Difference Between our Infant Survival Swimming and our Foundations of Swimming Programs?

While they differ in their specific objectives, age groups, and the skills they aim to instill, both programs are an integral part of a swimmer’s journey.

The primary distinction lies in the specific objectives of each program. Infant Survival Swimming  focuses on equipping your little one with critical water survival skills. The emphasis is on teaching infants to float, roll over, and maintain a natural breathing position in the water, empowering them with the ability to self-rescue in the case of accidental water submersion.

In contrast, Foundations of Swimming picks up where Survival Swimming left off, typically around 3 years old, with the objective of developing comprehensive swimming skills for life. The lessons cover a variety of more traditional swimming techniques, strokes, and water safety practices.

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