Baby Swim Class

Our little monkey began his swimming lessons this year and he loves it. He took to it like a duck to water. I wish we had started sooner but a whole swathe of excuses kept us from starting any earlier (I will not bore you with the details, just know it involved surgery, holidays and the only provider not answering the damn phone!).

I am a big believer that it is very important to teach your baby to swim or more accurately, be confident in the water. While at this age I don’t think they really grasp the concept of swimming and water safety, the classes do make them feel confident in the water.

So what does baby swim class involve? it is more getting your baby used to the concept of swimming in the water, and introducing basic swimming concepts. They learn to float on their backs, kick with their legs, have water poured over their heads, dive under water (not as extreme as it sounds), how to jump in on command, and how to hold on to  the edge.

This is done through a whole range of fun games that engage the baby. It is also usually reinforced with songs so the baby associates the song with the action.

So what have I learned from his swimming instructions?

  • Don’t expect to have the next Thorpedo straight away. They splash around mostly (if that) and have fun. Don’t have high expectations of the outcome.
  • You will have a few nursery rhymes scratched off your singing list. Our swimming centre uses modified nursery rhymes to teach the babies certain actions, like jumping in the pool is usually accompanied by Humpty Dumpty and when they get to “all fall down” the baby is expected to jump into the water.
  • Babies are natural comedians. It is hilarious to watch the babies in a swim class. I can almost guarantee that in nearly every class one of the babies will do something that will make you laugh out loud.
  • Swimming lessons are packed out, get there early to get a car park.
  • Parents on the sidelines can be really rude and likewise really nice. I have had some lovely conversations with random parents. But there were some I could have happily kicked into the pool.
  • Some of the kids swimming costumes are adorable. There is one little girl who has a mermaid swimmers. It so awesome I will repeat it, she wears a mermaid costume! Complete with a little tail. All kinds of cute.
  • Babies who are teething HATE being made to float on their backs. When I mean hate I mean, scream bloody blue murder till it stops, hate. The instructor said she doesn’t know why but teething babies all hate that exercise.

Most of all have fun because at this stage you are building positive experiences for your baby in the water.

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5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Rainbowg
    Jun 28, 2011 @ 23:23:04

    Yes! Our daughter absolutely loves her swimming class. Where we swim, it’s just a bummer that if we are away or she is sick, we can’t make the class up at another time.

    Haven’t seen a mermaid costume at our pool, but sounds really really cute!! And good to know the fact about teething, I’d never heard that before.


    • caspette
      Jun 29, 2011 @ 20:12:33

      We hadn’t either but he had been so good till the very last lesson when he was teething and he was so unhappy when they made him float on his back. Thats when the instructor told us about the teething and floating on back do not go together.


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  3. stacybuckeye
    Jun 29, 2011 @ 08:59:58

    How old is your little monkey again?


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