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Do you need baby swim classes?

 

Thinking of swimming lessons for your baby?  Here is our guide to help you make the best choice for you and your baby.

 

Baby Swim Class

 

Should you do baby swim lessons?  

Well that is of course up to you.

There are some great benefits though, the more familiar your child is with water the more their confidence will grow and what better way to learn about water and experience if for the first time than learning it with you?

Familiarisation with the water reduces developing a fear of water.  Caution and safety around water need to be learnt and a child scared of water is not going to be able to save themselves in an emergency. Give your child the opportunity with your guidance to be in and around water, baby classes are a great place to start.

Gripping is a fabulous first skill, holding on to things when you are in the pool. Holding the edge, holding on to you, climbing on a flotation device, gripping on to something that floats are all essential things you need to your child to learn when they are around water, these all take practice and are something you should learn in your baby classes.

Familiarisation with the water reduces developing a fear of water.  Caution and safety around water need to be learnt and a child scared of water is not going to be able to save themselves in an emergency. Give your child the opportunity with your guidance to be in and around water, baby classes are a great place to start.

Splashing, faces in the water, blowing bubbles, turning, going under water, falling and turning around these are all things your child needs to know when they are around water the sooner they learn the safer they will be.

Help them learn as early as possible these essential life skills.

Baby Swim Lessons

 


What to do before you start baby swim classes

Go to the pool and check out the pool before you enrol. What are looking for in a swim centre?

 - Warm showers? If you'd like to shower after, can you park a stroller in front so you can see baby? Getting a stroller in and out of the change rooms easily is essential its hard enough when dry let alone when dripping wet.

 - Is there more than one change table?
Waiting your turn is ok but there should be a few available as all the babies in your class will need to be dressed at the same time.

 - Can you stand comfortably in the water? If the water is too deep or too shallow for your comfort then find another pool.  I think ideally you want it at least waist height but not up to your shoulders.

 - Are you confident in the water?   Talk to your centre about baby swim classes if you are not.  Some swimming centres may not be suitable for you, some will welcome you and happy to help.  Maybe you could book yourself in for some lessons too!

 - Does baby need swim nappies? Find out what the centre requirements are, some centres may also require goggles or swimming caps.

 - Temperature. Check the temperature of the pool, is it warm enough for you and baby?  Is there a draft?  If you are in an outdoor pool is there suitable shade, so if the sun is hot its not only shading directly but also protecting against reflection and glare.

 - What sort of class is it?  Are you looking for a class with just songs and games or are you after some structure too? Are the teachers specifically trained? Try and go at a time when a baby class is on so you can see what happens.

 - Do you need to pay for a term or can you drop in? Can you change your lesson time for things like if baby changes their nap time? Knowing these things upfront will make it much easier should the time come.

 

 

Tips for making your swim time go smoothly.

 

You'll need your own swimwear, whatever you feel comfortable in. Wearing a Tshirt over the top is not only great for those a little self conscious but it also provides baby something to grip onto in the pool. Gripping is a great skill for baby in the pool help baby along by giving them some to grip to.  

Have something super easy to pop on for yourself for after lessons. Dress or loose fitting clothes and slip on shoes. Drying two people at the same time can be hard especially if baby is tired or hungry after the lesson.

Towels. One for you and one for baby. Having a small micro fibre towel on hand is great too if you can, helps dry things quicker.

A bag for your wet clothes and spare dry clothes in case they get wet.

Snacks and water. Food and drinks for after lessons for you and if your baby is old enough some food after they are dressed is ideal to keep them busy whilst you get showered and dressed.'

Be consistent.  Make it part of your weekly routine and try to not miss a class.  Keeping it part of your routine will help baby to remember the classes and skills and make it something fun that you do together.

Learn the songs and enjoy the class! Some parents do and some don't but I can tell you the parents who enjoy taking their baby to class have the most benefits to the baby classes.  If you are not sure why you sing this song every week or what the point is to playing that game every week then ask the question.  A good infant and toddler teacher will be able to give you reasons for everything, goals and helpful tips - ask.

 

Teach your child as soon as possible water safety and swimming skills.   The simple skills they learn may save their lives.

 

Baby Swim Lessons

 

For more swimming information check out:

https://zoggs.com.au/  

Who very kindly supported this article and the articles below.

 

 

https://www.swimming.org.au/

https://austswim.com.au/Swimcentres.aspx

 

 

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