Not yet but am enrolling both my kids this summer. Eldest one has a fear of water on head so will be interesting
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ds 14 never enjoyed lessons so he's not very good at his strokes but he is confident to muck about with his mates in backyard pools. I wouldn't be comfortable with him swimming in the surf out of depth. dd 12 loves swimming lessons and it helped that one of her friends has a pool and a mum who is the local pool swim teacher and life saver, so dd got heaps of lessons each summer. dd 8 is also on her way to be a good swimmer and loves her lessons as does ds 7. dd 2 has only ever paddled in a pool. I wish we had a pool so the kids could spend more time in the water. Our school doesn't have a pool either so that is a big let down come swimming lessons at school. They only have 8 lessons per yr over a two week period for preps- yr 4...it's not enough!
01-10-2013 19:38 #114
01-10-2013 20:10 #115
DS has had swimming lessons for 6 1/2yrs and can probably go 10mts on his own. He is confident in the pool but seriously uncoordinated (he's a sinker not a swimmer!) and lacks confidence in his ability. We are contemplating stopping his lessons, he doesn't seem to improve and just wants to play.
DD at nearly 4 has lots of confidence and more coordinated than DS but has taken to mucking around but we will continue with her lessons for sure.
02-10-2013 10:50 #116
Yes they can. 9, 6 and 4.
02-10-2013 11:20 #117
Yes. 6yrs. He has been doing lessons since he was a toddler and more recently his school offers swimming as part of the phys ed programme.
Loves to swim in pools and the surf. Doesn't hesitate to jump in and is confident in pool safety.
02-10-2013 11:23 #118
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04-10-2013 19:35 #120Senior Member
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Yep I think swimming is a priority. We have a pool now but only put it in last summer. My kids are 6, 4 and 2.5 and we live on the Gold Coast. There are too many creeks, lakes, canals etc around most people to say 'we don't have a pool'.
I don't believe in 4 or 6 month olds swimming. Waste of money in my opinion so young.
But my girls do a private one on one lesson each at $45 each per week and 2.5 year old does 15 mins at $20 private once a week. The girls swim wonderfully and 6 year old all strokes. The 4 year old I push it for excercise as she is prone to obesity so we have to watch her and she has a development delay (PDD NOS) so it's a great all round thing for her. She swims the length of our pool freestyle and is very confident.
I do think even if you can't afford lessons you can google the basics and go to the local public pool regularly and teach what you can to your child.
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