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    My nephew used to lose his mind at swimming lessons. Cry hysterically. We go to Paul Saddler and they were fantastic at distracting him and making it fun. They encouraged us to bring in some of his favourite toys to play with in the pool and it took about a year but he's now doing great. I don't think 4 months is long enough to get used to to be honest.

    You didn't say how old your DD is? Things that may help are
    - one on one lessons,
    - picking a time when the pool isn't busy (even I feel like crying when it's the weekend and it's sooooo noisy in there).
    - rewards. My nephew got McDonald's after each lesson.
    - also the teacher encouraged us to stay back and not engage. Can someone else take him swimming? It's hard to sit back and let them cry but sometimes you have to let the teachers do their thing.
    - swimming with them as much as possible outside of swim lessons. I'm lucky we have a pool so both my girls are becoming amazing swimmers. Even though I'm sooooo over hopping in the pool and their hair is turning green and impossible to brush, I do see the leaps and bounds they are making.

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    Thank you for sharing about your DS2 @LoveLivesHere. It sounds like from what @twinklify said, he very well could grow out of it. Fx for him and you.
    @twinklify she hates showers and having her hair washed. DH has to sit on the side of the bath with her leaning back on his legs. Then I have to help her hold her flannel over her eyes when he sets her hair and rinses it.

    It's more her eyes and ears that are the problem. Even if DS splashes her in the bath and she gets so much as one drop in or mer her eye she screams.
    @gingermillie she wears the headband and giggles when she did her swimming lessons. Without them I'm not sure she would have continued for as long as she did.
    @VicPark that's a good idea to practice the accidental small splash near her face. I'll actually try that when we are in the pool as we have lots of fun there and more likely she will think it's an accident.

    She also did have a few teachers who let her slide in the water but she never had to put her face under water doing it that way. So she got even more upset when it was a different teacher (which happened a bit too often for my liking)

    Thank you @Amber4304, I do need to remember that, I really shouldn't compare her with other kids.
    @BabyG4 thank you, I feel better about my choice to temporarily take her out of lessons.
    @JR03 the shower is another thing to try. Thank you for the suggestion

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wise Enough View Post
    My nephew used to lose his mind at swimming lessons. Cry hysterically. We go to Paul Saddler and they were fantastic at distracting him and making it fun. They encouraged us to bring in some of his favourite toys to play with in the pool and it took about a year but he's now doing great. I don't think 4 months is long enough to get used to to be honest.

    You didn't say how old your DD is? Things that may help are
    - one on one lessons,
    - picking a time when the pool isn't busy (even I feel like crying when it's the weekend and it's sooooo noisy in there).
    - rewards. My nephew got McDonald's after each lesson.
    - also the teacher encouraged us to stay back and not engage. Can someone else take him swimming? It's hard to sit back and let them cry but sometimes you have to let the teachers do their thing.
    - swimming with them as much as possible outside of swim lessons. I'm lucky we have a pool so both my girls are becoming amazing swimmers. Even though I'm sooooo over hopping in the pool and their hair is turning green and impossible to brush, I do see the leaps and bounds they are making.
    She's almost 5. The one on one lessons are too expensive for us at the moment but maybe an option for later in the year.

    I always sit where she can't see me in the classes and she gets a reward too.

    She's now pretty good, it's just the last 5 minutes and the jumping in and being submerged in water she freaks out with. But it could be good to give her a specific treat linked to her jumping in and not sliding in. Something to remember when we start her back in lessons in the winter.

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    If the big issue is jumping in I would keep her in. If she's not hysterical all lesson she's learning a lot still. I would have a big reward for when she chooses to do it, and I would tell the teachers to encourage her but not push it.

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    If it's just water on her face that is an issue go to a swimming school who will cater to that. One of my kids was terrified of water for a year...we had a backyard pool and they wouldn't even get in thwt beyond the second step. Swimming lessons were spent clinging to me. It was a waste so we dropped swimming lessons for 12 months...worked on familiarity with water in the shower (standing completely under it), and in the bath (blowing bubbles, down to submerging face). The next summer the fear had gone and we went back to swimming lessons.

    However, all kids under the age of 4 or 5 are unlikely to save themselves of they go under by accident, no matter how good they are at swimming.

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    I think for a child who doesn't like water on her face she is doing brilliantly! I was exactly the same as a child. I HATED swimming lessons and barely made any progress. I was even put into 'remedial' swimming lessons by the school and taken out of regular class, put on a bus and sent to a special pool! Still didn't do all that great. And we had a pool at home! We'd often go swimming on weekends but putting my head under or jumping in was not my thing. Even in year 7, I was the last one standing on the side too scared to jump in with the entire class AND teacher telling me to 'just do it'

    The only time I made real progress was either at home or in a friend's pool, free to experiment and play around without the pressure. I still to this day won't jump in...just don't like it. I certainly don't think kids should be made to!

    I haven't sent DD to lessons yet, she's 4.5 and loves playing in the water with us, she has floaties and a kickboard and we do our best to guide her in a very casual way. She hates the shower because of the water on her face, but hasn't seemed too fussed in the pool yet - lessons might be a different story.

    Can you do school holiday programs instead of weekly lessons? That's what I'm planning on with DD. Most swim schools where I am offer a 5 day intensive program in the second week of the school holidays - 1x30min lesson every day. Everyone I know who has sent their kids there has said they've learned heaps more than in a weekly lesson.

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