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    After the weekends scare with our DD in a pool and getting water on her lungs we want to put her into swimming lessons

    I never had them as a child so dont know how they work and was wondering how they go about teaching them to hold their breath underwater without it being risky? Im so paranoid about her breathing in water again.

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    My son started swimming lessons at 5 months.
    The first class is about water awareness and splashing, making water fun, etc etc. When they start going underwater it seems very gentle and baby gets the hang of it very quickly.
    Ask around the swim schools for more info, but it's definitely a fantastic thing to do with the kids.
    I had my son enrolled from 5 months until about a year. We pulled him out cause he kept getting a cold from teething, and was cancelling more lessons than we were going to. We enrolled him again at 2, and it's amazing how much he's missed out on. The other kids are smaller and younger, and swimming a metre or so by themselves. He's sinking and only just starting to learn to paddle & kick.
    At his age, they're in the next level and swimming by themselves (without parents).
    Wish we hadn't pulled him out - but he's getting there again slowly...

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    At our lessons, they do a "1,2,3" then tip water over their face and progress to dipping their ears in and the their face as as they learn to close eyes/hold breath, they start going under more/longer.

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    Default Re: swimming lesson question

    ok thanks. We are going to check out a few places on the weekend.

    What gear do they need to start lessons? Anything in particular?

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    They just need bathers, swim nappies if they are still in nappies and you need your bathers too.
    Have fun!

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    Cool thanks!

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    Hey there,
    We also started our girls when they were wee bubs. You can also do the 1-2-3 count then gently blow in bubs face. Swimming teacher said this can also prepare bub to hold their breath & doesn't give them as much of a fright when water goes on their head.

    Good luck & have fun

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    We started DS at around 5 months, and just progressed with pouring water over his head, then dipping into his ears, then all the way under. At our classes we always count 1,2,3 before pouring water or dipping them under so they are prepared. At the start he would often come up coughing and spluttering from swallowing water, but that stopped pretty quickly. At 21 months he still closes his eyes and opens his mouth when he goes under, but generally doesn't inhale the water anymore! Like PP's have said, you just need swimmers and swimmer nappies (if she's still in nappies).

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    Default Re: swimming lesson question

    Depends in the pool whether you need to go in, in the pools around here some let the babies in by themselves at 2, others at 3yo. The pool we go to is all about getting them used to the water, building their confidence slowly, making it fun, teaching them safety and very gently pushing them to do a little more than they are comfortable with. Discuss you concerns about swallowing with the teacher. Good luck!


 

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