1 2 Swim

Babes Swimming Lessons

Lesson Overview

Baby swimming lessons are fulfilling and rewarding for parents and babes but it comes with 100% dedication and long term commitment from the parent, baby and the teacher!

3-6 months old:

After 9 months of being in the womb, babies have a natural love of water that fades away if not shown how to explore in the water in a fun filled way from an early age.  We do a on lesson routine to do at home of introducing my baby to water programme before you start bringing your baby for their first lesson.  This helps the parent and baby become relaxed and confident in the water.

6-9 months old:

This is the ideal age to get your baby to a swimming pool.  Water has to be warm and comfortable and baby has to be well rested, fed and healthy in order to gain the benefit of learning to swim.  Baby swimming is close contact time for parent and babe.  Some babies build fear of their new environments early so the earlier you start the more expecting your baby will be of the pool environment.

12 months plus:

For babies starting swimming at this stage they become far more sensitive of their surroundings and tend to fuss if they feel unsure or insecure and it requires patience and diligence so it is important that parent and babe get to their lessons on a regular basis.

For babies that have been swimming for the past 4-6 months you will see how their confidence grow in and around water.  It becomes a very rewarding time for the parent and babe.  Many Parents ask me how long will it take for their baby to learn to swim?  My answer is that we are developing their underwater skills and we go at a pace that they are comfortable with.  Each baby is different and each parent has a different teaching skill.  Just like they do when learning to Run.  They Learn to sit, stand take a few steps, take many steps and then learn and then learn to run.  But that doesn’t mean that they don’t fall! This rule is applied with swimming… They learn to hold their breath for longer, then they learn they buoyancy level and finally they learn to propel effectively! Wow do they work really hard at it… what excellent co-ordination skills it takes and they get exhausted so it is great exercise too.

Some parents wish not to be in the water but it is very important for the safety of your baby! As a the Parent you become well aware of what they are and not capable of! This is your role and not the teachers! So sorry for the parents that don’t want to be or can’t in the water!

Emotional Benefits

Swimming allows babies to move independently much sooner than on dry land.  Every time you catch him/her you are building trust in your relationship.  Each time you praise him/her for each achievement you are building your little one’s self-esteem as they look for your parental acknowledgement, approval and validation.  Best of all you are building on the parent-child bonding process!

Social Benefits

1 2 Swim babes enjoy being together in little groups and they learn and compete with their peers by observation and mimicking one another.  They also look forward to interacting with one another and learning to take turns, to share and try new skills.

Physical Benefits

Fitness benefits include increase in strength, muscle tone, endurance and lung capacity.  For young babies water liberates them from a comparatively static life on land in comparison to their mobility in water.  Swimming also allows babies to improve on their land based skills quicker due to the fact that they use both lobes of the brain improving coordination, motor development, and balance and of course better sleeping patterns!

Personal Safety

At the appropriate developmental capability and enough practice children can acquire the necessary swimming safety skills to aid them in the event of a water emergency.

A child that is well adjusted to the aquatic environment will proactively implement the techniques she/he has learnt rather than panicking in a emergency situation.  However no child should ever be considered ‘drownproof’ and you should always be vigilant when your child is in the water.

Positive Teaching Methods

At 1 2 Swim we use the child centered approach which is guided to develop their individual skills at their own rate and not to attempt to create a super babe.

Each child progresses at their own pace just as some babies learn to talk, crawl or walk earlier the same rule applies to swimming.  Some learn to kick yet another prefers to blow bubbles because they are an individual which means they have individual needs and wants.

Some aqua babes are naturally more comfortable in the aqua environment and others have had a negative experience or just have a reserved / cautious approach and we need to take this into consideration and make each baby feel secure, comfortable and happy in the pool.

YOUR Role in the Pool

Being in the water with your babe is vital as it creates an immediate sense of security.  This allows for the parent and child to progress through the lessons at the child’s pace.  The parents role is to be a conscious, aware observer of your child’s feelings of security.  How you present new material and tasks are as important as the skills alone; along with your tone of voice, mood and muscle tension… Remember your happy face at all times!