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    DD is 2 so cannot swim any official strokes yet however she is confident in putting her head under, kicking and just general water play.
    I will start teaching her strokes as I see signs she is ready.
    I have not bothered with $$ lessons at this point as she is so little and I have all the skills necessary to teach her both swimming and life saving skills.
    I used to be a state representative swimmer and Surf Life Saver though so if that wasnt the case then I would definitely put her in swimming lessons however I probably wouldnt start til 2 or 3.

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    I've said on a post about swimming before that I think learning to swim is very important for children, doesn't have to be about having the perfect stroke but knowing how to float and save themselves if they fell into the water.
    My girls are aged 6,4,3 & 1. DD1& 2 can swim proper strokes, DD3 can dog paddle and knows how to float and swim to the wall and DD4 knows how to turn around and get back to the wall if she was to fall in the pool.
    Swimming is pricey, costs us $515 for 10 week blocks but if we paid weekly it would be around $70 a week so we make sure we pay the blocks.

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    Ds1 (4)can dog paddle and IMO is ready to learn strokes so I've just started him back in swimming lessons as we can now afford it and he wants to do life saving next yr.
    ds2 (3) couldn't save himself so I have just started him back in lessons too.
    Hopefully by the end of the season he will be confident. It would be a lot easier if they would listen to me when I try to teach them how to swim

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    Dd (4yo) can swim.... she is amazing. .... (bit bias) her favourite is butterfly and she can swim the length of the pool... she is crazy about swimming under water...ever since the first time she went in a pool she was like a fish. .. everyone that sees it cant believe it

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    I will be starting to teach my almost 5 month old DD how to swim this summer in our local river. I am trying to stay away from too many chemicals, especially while she is still so young so I am lucky to have the river so close by. She is my little water baby and love the water so learning to swim is vital.

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    Not yet. My DS is 4yrs old. I'm looking into starting lessons next term. But if my parents weren't paying for the lessons I don't think he'd be having them because I really can't afford them


    Single mummy to a wonderful DS (Born 11/12/2008)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lakey View Post
    Dd is 3 and swims with her arm floaties. Not a professional lesson in her life just mum and dad taking her to the pool regularly since she was about 9mths old. She is very confident In water, that was our aim. The fact she can swim/paddle from one edge of the pool to the other is a bonus.
    Can she swim without floaties? Would she be ok if she fell in?

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    My DS1 (5years) just swam for the first time without floaties last week. We are never around pools and he had a bit of anxiety about trying but I explained we live in a place with a pool now so he needs to learn. First time he tried he was fine. I taught him how to kick properly and take breaths while swimming. We just went in again today and he swam around the whole time by himself. No stroke or anything - just fun playing swimming. I'll work on his stroke starting tomorrow when DS2 is at daycare. It's not something I want to do on my own with them both in there.

    I did initially have him in lessons as a youngster but circumstances changed that. I also majored in PE with my teaching degree and a large component of that was based on swimming so I have the skills to teach him myself. I teach the kids at school too. I'm looking forward to it. My main concern though was just water safety.

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    My 1 & 2yo have never had lessons, we will probably start at around 4yo when they are able to listen to direction well in a class situation. I am not worried about drowning because I will never ever ever leave them in a situation where they are not u der my very close supervision near water. I dont think its wise to be complacent around water whether toddlers can swim or not, they should always have close supervision either way. I also dont agree with 'you never know what can happen'. Yes, I do. I know I will never allow my child to be ununsupervised around water.

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    But how did you do that with all of your kids, when none of them could swim? You only have one pair of hands etc?? I'd be interested to know, that is what stops me taking them down to the pool.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ffrenchknickers View Post
    Also, If you can afford lessons, it's easy to teach your own kids to swim. Simply by takibg them to the pool regularly and playing water games they will learn.

    There is a fantastic website called U swim that has basic lesson plans you can print out for free! It's really good and recommended anyone wanting to spend time with their young children in the water but can't or don't want to pay. Some of my lessons are based on u swim.


 

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