DS is an awesome swimmer. He's 4
DD can doggy paddle with her arm floaties but freaks if we try to take them off her, she is 2.
DS has had a few swim lessons DD has had none. Mostly it's just that we take them swimming regularly and teach them ourselves
Oh and ill add that I can the floaties off DD in a pool and she doesn't freak but in the ocean and river (big bodies of water) she freaks out.
I haven't read through the thread, apologies. I'm not surprised that some kids can't swim though. Off the top of my head, there are medical reasons, psychological reasons, cost of swimming lessons, family dynamic (sole parents with more than one child etc). My eldest son is 4 and has only recently gotten over his fear of deep water. He used to spend the entire lesson screaming at the top of his lungs. It was pretty traumatic for him, so I pulled him out after several lessons (we tried different teachers too). He seems to be a lot better with water now, so i'll be trying again.
Just adding to the sole parent thing ^ At the start of this year, it was a nightmare trying to take the kids to swimming lessons. I had to be in the water with my youngest, so no-one could mind my eldest child. I had to arrange for my sister mind him while I did the class with my youngest, or I asked BIL to do the class with him while I looked after my eldest on the side.
We have had DD is swimming lessons for the past year or so but have just pulled her out, the price just went up and at $20 for a half hour lesson where she gets a few mins max one on one time with the instructor i feel its a rip off.
A friend is a qualified swimming instructor so is going to teach her in her pool one on one over summer and then come next year ill see how i feel then.
It is expensive. $200 for 10 weeks is alot of money and we are on one income. We really were scrapping to be able to afford it.
$20 a lesson! What a ripoff! Ours is $13.
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Wow! Ours is just over $200 for 16 weeks.
We only pay $20 a fortnight. Includes weekly lesson and a pool membership for bub (and free admission for person swimming with them)
My son who is 7, only just started to swim properly and having swimming lessons.
Firstly it was because he had ear infections constantly then grommets. Then he was afraid of the water and I tried him over three years with two different instructors every 6 months. They told me he wasn't ready.
Then is year he was ready and it is very expensive but I paid anyway. It cost me over $200 for 16 lessons. So I can understand how the cost would be too much for some.
That said it is very important, and of course it would be great if everyone could afford it.
Did I used to worry about him drowning? Yes.
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