Swimming Lessons

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eliz24 - March 12

Hi,my dd is 10 months and I have some friends that are taking their babies for swimming lessons,I was just wondering if any of you take your lo's for lessons or at what age did you start? And did they like it?

 

MM - March 12

I am planning on registering my lo for swimming lessons this month. He is just over 17 weeks right now & I think the lessons start in 3 or 4 weeks. But I took him swimming for the first time between 12 & 14 weeks. Two out of the three rec centres in my area have a regular pool & a warm pool. I take him to the warm pool & he really enjoys it.

 

eliz24 - March 12

Thanks MM, I think I will try it out and see how she likes it. : )

 

AnytimeLittleone - March 12

Yes, Ive done lessons, and honestly, I wouldnt do them with a baby again. What they teach you, isnt anything you cant do on your own during a public swim. Id take your dd to a public swim, and get her used to the water, sing her some songs, and as she gets more comfortable, dunk her. Thats ALL you do in baby swimming lessons, and IMO, its not worth the $60!

 

AnytimeLittleone - March 12

Sorry... forgot to mention... my dd is 7 months, and we go to public swim every tuesday.... She loves it... so Im hoping the transition to our pool this summer will be smooth... good luck!

 

eliz24 - March 12

Thanks AnytimeLittleone- we have a pool so maybe I should just try an teach her myself and save the money,esspecially if all they do is dunk her after she gets used to it. I kinda thought that that's how they'teach' them to hold their breath and stuff.

 

AnytimeLittleone - March 12

Nope.. no breath holding.. no skills. Whats offered for babies is just to "get them used to the water" You walk around with them and sing songs, and bounce them in and out of the water... thats about it. Do it on your own, at home or at a public swim... she'll have just as much fun!

 

ssmith - March 12

I take my dd to the pool as often as I can. The one I go to has a "warming pool" that is about chest depth. I thin it was specially designed for seniors / special needs and kids. Anyway, it about 10 degrees warmer than the regular pool, so it is very pleasant for the babies. They have a special hour every week that is just for babies / small children. It isn't an organized lesson or anything. Personally, I don't think lessons are necessary until the kids are actually able to swim somewhat on their own....waste of $$ in my mind! Anyway, dd started at about 5 months, and loved it right away.

 

Erin1979 - March 12

Cate was 8 months when we took her. She loves it! It was an indoor pool, so when the summer hit, and we opened our pool, she was in it all the time. It's a riot to see them.

 

in the woods - March 13

I took my dd first to the parented cla__s (parents in water holding babies) when she was 31 month old (yes, that's 2.5 years old) - mmmmmm, not sure of the usefullness.... She did maybe marginally increase her comfort zone with the open water in summer. When she goes to a swimming cla__s by herself - then she will get much more out of it (our non-parented cla__sess start from 3 years old). Seeing that, I am not hurrying to the swimming cla__sess with my 26-month old son yet.

 

HANNAHs Mom - March 13

I signed up for a Water Babies cla__s at the YMCA..starts tomorrow. I believe it is more for social purposes for parent and baby. My sister took her baby as well and they do teach the baby a few things....like swimming underwater, breathholding etc. I'll let you know how it goes. Otherwise, I started my older daughter with swimming cla__ses when she was 3.5...she loves it and has learned tons :)

 

chrissi79 - March 13

I used to be a swimming instructor and we held water babies cla__ses (with parent and baby) starting at 6mths. I think its one of the most important things to get your child used to the water as soon as possible so they won't be afraid to learn how to swim...it just gets harder and harder the older they get.

 

HANNAHs Mom - March 16

For anyone curious about the Water Babies cla__s..it was awesome! It is really a wonderful & relaxing way to spend time with your baby. The cla__s was both instructional & playgroup"ish" but great for connecting with other moms... and the babies LOVED checking each other out! It's definitely something you can do on your own but you can't beat the social aspect of it. I am looking forward to next week ; )

 

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