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    My boy is not yet 2 and had been in swimming lessons since he was 6 months. He can't swim yet but he can jump in from the edge , put his face under water, kick... And he loves to blow bubbles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ck2b View Post
    I'm just curious about people's experience with really little ones? Many people say they don't learn much but the young ones where we go ( from 6 weeks) are all learning to turn around and go back to the edge if they fall in and not panic if they do fall in and find themselves under the water solotsof under water stuff. I kind of think this is really important? Do other schools not teach this to the babies? We've only ever been to the one woman so not sure happens elsewhere.

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    The lessons we did were all about water safety and familiarisation. Lots of getting the little ones used to putting their head under water, jumping in off the side, rolling off a mat, kicking and pulling arms but no strokes until they move up to the 'stage' lessons at about 4. Lots of songs too which was good cos we could tell DD to swim to the wall and do Incey Wincey to the steps etc. They also do (babies and older) one week per term in clothes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stretched View Post
    The lessons we did were all about water safety and familiarisation. Lots of getting the little ones used to putting their head under water, jumping in off the side, rolling off a mat, kicking and pulling arms but no strokes until they move up to the 'stage' lessons at about 4. Lots of songs too which was good cos we could tell DD to swim to the wall and do Incey Wincey to the steps etc. They also do (babies and older) one week per term in clothes.

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    When we did baby lessons this is what they did too.

    I'd be fascinated to see a six week old turning themselves around in the water and heading back to the edge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ck2b View Post
    I'm the same about swimming. I always thought it was like...you learn to walk you learn to swim. ..

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    I always had that viewpoint too, especially growing up in North QLD.

    Then reality struck. It's easier said than done in a lot of personal scenarios.

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    Dd is 2 1/2 and can't swim, it's just too expensive for us at the moment. I will be taking her to the pool several times a week this Summer to build her confidence to get her ready for lessons next year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NancyBlackett View Post
    When we did baby lessons this is what they did too.

    I'd be fascinated to see a six week old turning themselves around in the water and heading back to the edge.
    Agree. DD3 is 7 weeks old and I couldn't imagine it. I would also never personally put a baby that young in a public swimming pool for fear of gastro.

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    We started out Swim lessons around 6 months. They do get kind of monotonous but I do truly believe it helped our boys to not be scared of the water and to be able to go under and blow bubbles.

    Having said that, if we had access to a heated pool we wouldn't have bothered with lessons that young. We could have taught them ourselves.

    But it's also nice as we use baby swim lessons as an opportunity for DH to bond with the kids.

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    DS1 is 4 in 2 months and no he can't swim. If you ask him though he will say yes because he can with floaties. We will be working on it with him this summer ourselves as we can't afford lessons.

    DS2 is 8 months and has never been in a pool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonja View Post
    Agree. DD3 is 7 weeks old and I couldn't imagine it. I would also never personally put a baby that young in a public swimming pool for fear of gastro.
    Do you get gastro from pools??? Noooo 😕😩

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    Quote Originally Posted by MummaJez View Post
    Do you get gastro from pools??? Noooo
    This is why we stopped going. DS ended up sick after each lesson. Thankfully not gastro, but ear/cold type things and I felt like he'd recover from one only to go to a lesson again and catch another.


 

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