I would take him out tbh.
at 3 the most important thing for him to feel is that Mum will listen to him, and be there.
while its important that he learn to swim, its not as important as his social development and wellbeing.
he will learn to listen, and learn to feel comfortable taking instructions ... but that takes time. Forcing him to do swimming lessons when he is crying and not liking it isnt going to help that.
My daughter was the same and I changed her and she is doing fantastic now!
Is this at Hurstville?
I'm not sure what you should do OP... I started taking my DD to swimming lessons at 18 months. She screamed all the way through the whole summer of lessons, and I really think I should have pulled her out at the beginning, but the instructor kept telling me that a lot of kids cry for a start, but they love it by then end, so I persevered.
She now (at almost 4) refuses to get in any pool unless clinging to me... I keep trying to get her excited about learning to swim and having lessons, but she won't have anything to do with the idea. I know I'm going to have to change that before she goes to school, but I am really unsure of how to do it...
My ds is a bit diff I think, if I take him to the pools he's quite happy to jump in the deep end and splash and swim, he doesn't hate the water, it's the idea of listening and the teacher that upsets him.
We'll give it a try this Friday and take it from there..
I am having a similar dilemma, I changed swim schools for dd this year as she wasn't getting anywhere at the old one - she spent most of the time mucking around in the water instead of listening and the teacher allowed it. However her new teacher is too strict and lectures dd at length and makes her get out of the pool just for not standing completely still or for letting her kick board dip under the surface. DD's swimming has improved hugely, but she cries after every lesson that she is "the worst in the class" (referring to behaviour, not ability). She's actually a year or two younger than the others in the class but is quite tall so doesn't look it. I think the teacher expects her to behave like a 7-8 yo when she is only 6. I don't know what to do tbh.
A friend of mine had problems as well. I remember once a boy vomited in the pool and he told the mum off for giving her child milk. He vomited because he was made to swim across the pool!!! Then lessons had to be called off for the rest of the day.
I stopped going after that was said to my daughter and changed to Sans Souci, but she had a different teacher just about every week, so now she goes to Annette Kellerman in Marrickville and they are fantastic!
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I have heard that the Aquatic Centre is really good? A friend of mine teaches there, I am tempted to take my daughter who is terrified of water there, even if it is a bit of a drive.
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We do go to the aquatic centre got ds2 baby lessons so that's my other option.
That's horrible about your friends kid? How old was the child when they were told that?
He certainly is lacking in tact, he's very straight forward (last years newsletter about fees was very abrupt). I'll see what happens this week and decide, if they can't give ds some flexibility with the teachers i think I'll take him out.
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