Licensing -> Certification & Fees

Licensing and Certification 2018 Serenity Swim®

become part of the Serenity Swim Network®

with Rob and Kathy McKay

Baby Swimming

Infant/Toddler Swimming

Small group

At the Lifestyle Swim School®

Boca Raton, Florida

Come train in a tropical paradise, warm ocean breezes, sunny skys, beautiful beaches and a clean safe community. Raising the bar on teaching with kindness and joy.

If after reading this entire web site you feel that you are in tune with our gentle, “baby friendly” philosophy and you feel at home with the principles expressed below, you may be a candidate for our teacher training workshop. Teaching babies has an incredible impact on a young child’s life and is a great responsibility, the “whole child approach” requires individuals with special “sensitive traits”. It is not for everyone. Our program attracts kind people with a caring heart and gentle touch.

The licensing and training runs for 4 consecutive weeks, with a one day rest and play each week.
Kathy training Nina on swims through hoop

Certification Levels:

Held at our Mindful swim school site in Boca Raton, Florida.

Level I…This level focuses on training the teacher in the fundamentals of the beginner baby swim course, Water Adjustment and Basic Skills. Attendance is at our facility in Boca Raton, Florida. Hands- on work in the pool with dolls as well as with parents and real babies is supplemented with classroom and video sessions as well as informal mealtime discussions. In the pool, guidance and training by master teachers helps the trainee learn playful, gentle techniques and methodology for this holistic and child-centered approach to water learning. Adjusting children to water, learning to read individual readiness cues and accomplishing safe, tear-free submersions and swims are part of the trainee’s curriculum for this course. The teacher trainee will learn to: conduct a group class, games, songs and activities; the timing involved in keeping a class flowing; how to individualize instruction in a group setting. Additional course materials provide background and foundation. The course culminates in the trainee conducting actual classes.

Level II…This level reviews briefly Water Adjustment and Basic Skills refining techniques and addressing any questions or problems the teacher trainee may have encountered in his/her practice and application at home. Primarily this level focuses on the baby swim courses entitled Safety Techniques I and Safety Techniques II.  The trainee will learn the age-appropriate skills that increase confidence, competence and safety in the intermediate baby swimmer all in a fun, safe, happy learning environment. Again, in- water training with master teachers and actual babies along with classroom, video and discussion will comprise the curriculum for this class. Reading materials will supplement and provide additional detail.

Level III…  While this level will review all beginner and intermediate courses, the primary focus will be on the baby swim courses entitled Advanced Safety Techniques and Water Tykes. The Master teacher and teacher trainee relationship continues in the pool with these advanced baby swimmers. Special drills and techniques developed to teach recovery for a breath, diving for rings, back swimming and roll from back to front and return (3 1/2 year olds who are ready and happy) will be introduced to the teacher trainee. As always, the child-centered classroom includes games, songs and fun.

Master Teacher……(This level requires certification at all three levels and at least 2000 hours of teaching experience). Master Teachers are hand-selected and named solely by Rob and Kathy McKay to act as “Teacher Trainers” at workshops and certification courses around the world. They have made a philosophical commitment to the Serenity Swim Network guidelines and methodology and are representative of the gentle, child-centered, child-paced and holistic practices established by the McKays. In co-operation with the McKays and SSN, Master Teachers are able to conduct teacher training courses and certify teachers using the above standards.


Licensing Fee


Fees for 2018

You will to come to Boca Raton, Florida to train for four consecutive weeks with one day off each week, we certify and license you to teach the Serenity Swim™ method. The individual  fee includes you and one other individual.
For swim programs with three of more teachers there is another fee.
There will be a annual license renewal fee every year.

Contact us at for Licensing fee and certification/training information.


To reserve your selected weeks

To reserve your selected training weeks for licensing and certification, payment is due in full upon registration. Once you have completed the Registration form, you need to make your payment on the Payment form. (click on Register/Payment tab on top tool bar). Your training period will be scheduled and reserved on a “first paid, first served” basis. If payment is not received we assume that you decided to opt out of attending. This payment is necessary as we need to schedule, plan in advance and coordinate our workshops.

To create the full swim school experience and to help keep our workshop fees affordable, our apprentice/teacher trainees learn through assisting with various class duties including pitching-in with class set up and take down.

To protect the privacy and safety of our babies and their families, we require that absolutely no photos or videos be taken of our classes or students and their families. We also intend to protect the Serenity Swim Network, Serenity Swim and the Lifestyle Swim School and it’s copyrights.


Rob & Kathy McKay