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Sink or Swim is Charleston’s premier swim school.  We are a dedicated team of professional swimming instructors, passionate about teaching the important skills that can keep you and your children safe around water. With our drowning prevention and self-rescue swimming lessons, we help all ages gain confidence in a fun, engaging environment. We also offer stroke, dive lessons, and swim team prep.

Our certified swim instructors teach students breath control, face down swimming, roll back to float, and how to confidently repeat the swim-float-swim sequence to the edge of the pool. Each lesson builds confidence in an encouraging environment that lets each child progress at a pace they are comfortable with.

Swimming Lessons For Children with Special Needs

Our experienced swim instructors provide private swim lessons for children with unique needs (autism, sensory struggles, ADHD, physical disabilities and other challenges). Swimming lessons keep kids of all ages safer and give them confidence around water, while reducing worry for parents. Swim lessons can also be therapeutic and, for many special needs children, calming. Being in the water can soothe sensory overload and give swimmers a feeling of weightlessness and relief from physical discomfort.

Balance, coordination, strength, and range of motion can all be improved by spending time in the water and learning to swim. From our experience, it is common for parents to witness confidence and self-esteem boosts for their children, benefiting them throughout life while learning valuable skills that make them safer.

Drowning Prevention

Drowning is a risk that everyone must think about, we are all vulnerable to accidents in the water and no one is drown-proof. However, drowning is preventable through training, proper supervision around water and things like locks and alarms around pools and other water so that children cannot stray into danger without you knowing.

But unlike alarms, cameras and other temporary measures, self-rescue swimming skills never run out of batteries, and are always there when you need them most, providing an additional layer of protection for children whether at home or elsewhere.

Graduation from the SINK or Swim School program requires children to come fully clothed to class, fall into the pool and demonstrate what they’ve learned so that they know they can deal with problems around water with confidence should anything happen. This is an essential piece of the SINK or Swim program, since 86% of children fall in fully clothed while under the supervision of both parents! SINK or Swim currently offers swim lessons in Summerville, Hanahan, and the Charleston area.

Why SINK or Swim?

Clint Avery is the lead swimming instructor and owner of Sink or Swim School. Voted as the Lowcountry Parent Mom’s Choice winner of Best Swim School in Charleston in 2017, 2019, and 2021, he is 1 of only a few swim instructors in Charleston trained by ISR to teach Survival Swimming Lessons and self rescue. Clint has been teaching since 2010 starting with ISR and then moving away to form his own company. His team works with all types of children from infants to ADULTS!

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