Kirsten and Matt Ongel
Who We Are
Hi our names are Kirsten and Matt Ongel, owners and instructors of Tiny Bubbles Aquatic Academy. We are the parents of 4 children: Matt's 23 year old daughter Jaylan and our boys ages 15, 13 and 8! When our first son was around 1 year old, we began searching for swim programs, we quickly became frustrated with the lack of programs for his age group. We were very fortunate to have found an instructor in the West Palm area with expertise in this field. We were mesmerized at the sight of babies with the ability to go from a swimming position to a floating position without the assistance of an adult. We were so impressed with the skills learned and the outcome that it motivated us to make a career change. I have a strong background working with children. I have a bachelors degree in Elementary Education and an Associates Degree in Child Studies. My husband has coached soccer of all ages for many years.. Kids just love him. We have decided to join the crusade to protect our children. We get as excited as you do when you see the life-saving skills they have attained!
We have over 300 hours of hands on training in infant aquatic survival, Red Cross lifeguard certified as well as certified in Adult/Infant/Child CPR and First Aid. Over the past 11 years we have taught thousands of children how to be safe and have fun in the water. We continue our education by attending conferences and seminars focused on swimming techniques. Tiny Bubbles was born in 2005 and has been helping children be safe and confident in the water since.
I look forward to hearing from you soon and having you take part in this very important process.
Many parents say, I never imagined my child would be able to do that! It is true, the results will amaze you!
* In Florida swimming lessons is one of the most important things you can do to keep your child safe. The statistics speak for themselves.
- Drowning is the #1 cause of death ages 1-4 in Florida -Florida Dept of Health
- 75% of victims are between 12-25 months -American Academy of Pediatrics
- 65% drown in the family pool -Orange County, CA, Fire Authority
- 33% drown in a neighbors or relatives pool -American Academy of Pediatrics
- For every child who drowns, four are hospitalized for a near drowning - National Center for Heatlh Statistics
- 77% were out of the parents sight for less than 5 minutes. - Orange County, CA, Fire Authority
- A child can drown in the time it takes to answer a phone -U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
Consistency in attendance is key. Toddlers and young children do best with short lessons multiple times per week, rather than one long lesson. We use a variety of proven methods from swim schools and infant toddler programs.
•Lessons begin with the parent/caregiver handing the child to the instructor in the pool.
•If your child is reluctant to get in the water, we ask that you reassure them by focusing on the skills we are working on rather than their emotions. Your child needs your encouragement not your sympathy. As your child becomes familiar with the process we will concentrate on particular skills.
We do several check out lessons in clothing to see if your child could perform skills equally well if he/she fell into the water while fully clothed.
Infants ages 6-12 months can learn to roll over from a face down position in the water and rest in a comfortable float to breathe. Active infants may begin the kicks of swimming and be able to go a short distance before floating. This takes approx. 12-20 lessons.
Children ages 12 months to 5 years can learn to open his eyes, hold his breath, and grasp the pool edge. They also learn how to turn back towards the edge in case of an accidental fall in. They can learn to paddle to the steps, side or platform. When the child feels the need to breathe, he will roll onto his back. After a short rest period he will flip onto his tummy and continue to swim while looking for the pools edge or other landing. This takes approx 16-24 lessons.
Children who have learned from the swim float swim program naturally progress into freestyle swimming with rhythmic breathing. This transition occurs between ages 4-6.
- Add swimmer information to the personal section
- Parent info goes in the emergency contact section
- Sign Waiver and click register
- Login and click edit to enter billing information
- Add debit card and click save
- Follow instructions in registration email for purchasing a swim package
- Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm your account, payment and that you are ready to begin at your given date and time. Subject line "Ready to Start" so you can be added to the electronic schedule.