Cup conditioning is designed to teach infants and toddlers one main vital water survival skills - how to hold their breath on command.
Cup conditioning is a foundational drill used at Little Fins in teaching Infant Survival Swimming Lessons. Featured in our Survival 1 and 2 Programs, it's designed to teach infants and toddlers one main vital water survival skills - how to hold their breath on command. Over time, with positive reinforcement, this skill forms the foundation for many other skills such as submersions, floats and rolls.
Cup Conditioning specifically refers to the practice of gradually introducing water on a child's head and face in a controlled and supportive manner. Instructors use a small cup to pour water over the child's forehead, allowing drops of water to trickle down onto their face. This process is incremental, starting with a few drops and gradually increasing the amount as the child becomes more comfortable.
The specific steps we take when cup conditioning are:
The goal is to be able to repeat the drill every few seconds without causing any stress, negative response, or ingestion of water. This is a skill that once mastered can be safely practiced at home in the bathtub.
Here are just a few more key benefits of Cup Conditioning:
-Facilitating Breath Control:
- Familiarizing Infants with Water Sensations:
- Building Confidence and Trust:
- Preventing Fear of Water:
Cup conditioning is an integral component of our Infant Survival Swimming program. We hope that by parents understanding the significance of cup conditioning we can empower them to actively participate in and support their infants' journey to becoming confident and safe swimmers from a very young age.