We had the same thing with DS, he sat on the edge for a bit (or on first step) and I played in the pool with cool lightning mcqueen toys lol.
After a bit he wanted to play too but scared of water so made it he reached out for toy, then had to have me hold him to get toy (a foot or so away from edge)
Before long he was splashing and playing around and attempting to doggy paddle with support.
We had to stop again once I went to work but plan to start him swimming again soon, probably not formal lessons just yet.
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21-01-2015 14:15 #11Senior Member
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21-01-2015 14:22 #12Senior Member
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OP....is there somewhere you can take your child with you? A public pool, friend's pool etc. No lesson, just take them and get them used to being in the water....and then go back to lessons once the water isn't as scary. This worked for us.
To the pp re: swimming lessons for young kids. We live surrounded by water. By 8 my oldest could swim 1km with ease. It would be dangerous to live where we do and not have our kids learning how to swim properly until 7 or 8 years IMO.I guess it depends on where you live as to how important it is. We view swimming as a life skill, and there's no way I want to stay away from water until my kids are older. That would feel like torture!
21-01-2015 17:45 #13Senior Member
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This is just my opinion and I know everyone's situation is different
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21-01-2015 19:48 #14
There is a pool nearby and I take her when I can, it's a bit hard with 6mo DS though. She'll go in the water with me.
I talked to her about it in the bath tonight and she said she was scared of the lady, so I think it's a 'stranger' thing rather than the water. She's always been wary of people she doesn't know and is quite shy (another reason we like to get her into these activities, it helps her confidence).
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