Level 2

Swim Vest

swim vest

Arm Floats

arm floats


Introduction to Michael Phelps Swim Method

Swimming Skills

Core Skills and
Common Stages


Learn to Swim
Instructional Products


History of Michael Phelps Swimming

Level 1

Get Wet: Splash

Level 2

Pre-Beginner: Float

Level 3

Beginner: Swim

Level 4

Advanced Beginner: Train


This level focuses on learning breath control through blowing bubbles, getting comfortable going underwater, and learning to feel confident and relaxed in both a front and back float.

At this stage, children are getting more confident, they become more comfortable with having more separation from their parent and the instructor. This is the stage when they can move out of a floatation seat and into using a swim vest and arm floats, which allow them to start experience more natural swimming movements and positions.

As children learn to love the water, parents are reminded to keep an eye on them. The enthusiasm is usually high at this stage as they realize how wonderful the water is. Their love of the water allows for great skill development and increased courage! –Cathy Bennett

“Some children will make a huge
breakthrough one week and then
appear to regress and become
cautious the next. This is normal.
The children simply need time
to regain their confidence."
- Cathy Bennett


Twinkle Twinkle Little Star –This is a great activity that can start with a child in a swim vest and then, once they are comfortable, move to doing it without the swim vest. Hold your child with her back to your chest, the back of her head resting on your shoulders and then submerge a bit so that her head stays on your shoulder, but hold her so she is floating on her back. Pretend you are looking at the stars together, while you sing and slowly walk backwards. You can gradually move from having her rest on your shoulder to supporting her with two hands, then one, then none

Ring Around the Rosie – Hold your child face to face and bob up and down as you sing this song with him. When you get to “all fall down”, blow in his face to prompt an inhale and then dip quickly under water.

Humpty Dumpty – This a good activity to do starting with arm floats if your child needs a little extra security. Have her sit on the edge of the pool and hold her hands. Chant this rhyme together and on “had a great fall”, have her rock forward and put her hands on your shoulders. Hold her by the torso and spin her into the water. Gradually progress to having her reach further for you so that she gets to the point where she is falling/jumping towards you into the water.