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    Both mine could swim at 3. We have a pool and I was a qualified swim instructor in high school and uni as a part time job and i always did nippers and jnr lifesaving ive seen drowning first hand very scary. But with us having a pool ive had them both in lessons since 6 months this was very importent to me. They are 4 and 6 now my 6 year old does not swimming in a squad 2 times a week shes very good. My 4 year is very confidant swimmer but he takes silly risks diving and mucking around in general id never turn my back on him for a second in a pool.

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    My DD won't be having paid lessons but I'm an ex-competition swimmer and also trained swim coach so I'll be teaching her myself. Drowning is my biggest fear and my mum made sure all of us could swim even though she couldn't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sockstealingpoltergeist View Post

    Did I used to worry about him drowning? Yes.
    This is exactly it. Every parent is terrified of their child drowning. When I was a kid one of my parent's friends had a 7 year old who was a good swimmer but fell into a pool in his dressing gown and drowned as it weighed him down and he couldn't untie the cord. It's every parents nightmare.

    As this thread has shown there are so many reasons why teaching kids to swim can be difficult. Very few of them are because parents are lazy.

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    My 7 & 6 year old can swim confidently both freestyle & backstroke. My 3 year old can paddle independently for 15m. They are all in swimming lessons, it costs me $220 a month but worth it in my opinion.

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    DS is 3.5 and no he can't swim. I was going to put him in classes at the start of this year, but having had a very difficult time with DD (10 months) this year, it was too hard.
    I've actually been making enquiries this week about him starting up. DP wants to put him in lessons with his best friend (whose dad happens to be DP's best friend) but I convinced him that was a bad bad idea, they are terrible influences on each other

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    No my 3.9 year old can't swim, he's never had lessons, hoping to put him in this summer.

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    Ds1 3.5 yr goes to lessons and is making good progress, but he cant float yet.

    Ds2 2yr will start next year. We had him in a year ago but he just didn't enjoy it.

    For me swim lessons are a big deal. Not only the safety aspect but also, I didn't know how to swim when I was a kid. So when I was 6 and we had school swim lessons I honestly was the only one who couldn't swim. I was so jealous of the kids who got to dive off the blocks. I still rembemver feeling upset as if it happened today.

    Plus I hated going in the 25m races at the swim carnival. I excelled at athletics and I just hated that I was crap at swimming, so I'd like to avoid those feelings for my kids.

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    My almost 9 year old is learning to swim atm. It took until this year for him to be able to sensory wise handle water on his face and head.

    4 yr old cant swim

    And i cant swim

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    My 10 year old can swim very well...she still does intensive swim classes over summer perfecting her stroke...my almost 4 year old started swimming lessons last season and is picking it up well but is no where near skilled enough to save herself as yet...my 2 year old hasn't had any formal lessons just in with me at our local pool..she loves the water and will start lessons after Christmas. ..im fairly confident in teaching my girls the basic skills before formal lessons..im an ex state water polo player and am a great swimmer so until they reach 2 im happy to teach them myself. We go to lessons once a week which cost 20 bucks for 40 mins with the local swimming coach at his house..they are one on one lessons and my kids love our instructor.

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    DS is 6 and has had a massive amount of swimming lessons including over a year of private (one to one) lessons. If you chucked him in the pool he would be able to get to the top and make it to the side. He's not terribly coordinated so his freestyle is still not all there but he can backstroke like a champ. He still has a weekly swimming lesson.

    DD is 2 and also had lessons since being a baby. She is just started to learn how to propel herself somewhat through the water and she float really well on her back.

    Growing up on the Gold Coast I don't remember not knowing how to swim. It's one of those things that we go without so the kids can do swimming lessons (when possible). Not only will they be safer in water but I think it's great exercise for them as well. They don't do any other activities.


 

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