No, although it helps if they are somewhat comfortable on the water. We have had several students successfully attend our programs who do not know how to swim. Any time a student is in or on the water – whether paddling or swimming – they are required to wear a life jacket, despite their swimming ability. We have added precautions for students who are nonswimmers.
The content that follows was originally published on the Rippleffect website at http://www.rippleffect.net/faqs/does-my-child-need-to-be-a-strong-swimmer-to-participate-in-a-rippleffect-program/