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Swimming lessons for infant

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    babyblue is offline Registered User
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    May 2003
    Hong Kong
    That is what my husband thinks, but both my nieces went to swimming lessons (in Australia) when they were very young and successfully learned to swim. My son is now 3, and when he was younger he wasn't afraid of the water but during the winter time we stopped swimming and now he loves the water but hates having any water on his head. This includes having his hair washed! Now that winter is approaching .. not sure what to do.

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    loupou is offline Baby Guru
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    Mar 2003
    New Territories

    Take it easy....


    So, you don't live in Oz w/ easy access to a pool, and your 3 year-old isn't swimming yet. It's no big deal.

    My son hated washing hair but loved messing about in the pool,. It wasn't LOGICAL, but who expects an under 5 to be logical? Just take it easy and let your son play in the pool and enjoy himself.

    He will probably be able to swim at the age of 4-6. As I mentioned in my earlier post, it's only the summer my kids were 5 that they were able to swim more than a few meters alone.

    Development works in stages and sometimes trying to do stuff too soon just increases the frustration level & worry level for nothing.

    Like tying shoe laces. I learned to tie my laces when I was about 5 years old and I still remember it being a bit of a struggle. I've always hated untying knots, so, lazy mother at I am, I've been keeping my kids in velcro fastening shoes.

    My daughter is now 7 1/2 and has begun to lobby for shoes with shoe laces. This Saturday I said, "OK, let me teach you how to tie shoe laces." I demonstrated twice, talked her through it twice & DONE. She learned it in about 3 minutes. Something that I can picture being a long & painful struggle w/ plenty of room for angst and power struggles at the age of 4 or 5.

    I'm not saying that you should wait 'til your son is 7 to teach him to swim. I'm just saying that you should take the pressure off yourself and not *worry* because your 3 year-old is not yet swimming and hates to get his face wet. No problem. Just keep lettting him play without getting his face wet and he'll let you know when he's ready.

    My husband didn't learn to swim until he was about 11 or 12 and went to a public swimming pool and watched other people and imitated them. He still can't float very well, but he can do the breastroke and crawl very effectively and enjoys swimming.

    Life is not a race to see who can swim at the youngest age, or be the youngest uni graduate or anything.

    I am not a better mother than someone whose kid at 5 1/2 can't swim as far as my son, nor am I a worse mother than those whose kids can swim 100 meters in 2 minutes. Kids are different, mothers are different. I just try to come to know andwho my kids are, and to relax and enjoy them as much as I can.

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    happybilly is offline Registered User
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    Dec 2006
    hong kong


    There are quite a few swimming schools for babies mentioned here, could someone be so kind as to give a price comparison? Which one is best value?

    I'd like to enrol my baby girl in a class in Aug 2007.

    Many many thanks!

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    mailmail is offline Registered User
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    Mar 2007
    Hong Kong
    I am surprised, as my son learnt to swim 25m straight in group lesson settings after just a few months worth of lesson when he was three and a half. No problem with all his classmates either. Harry Wright and ESF are both really good! It probably depends on how good the coach is.

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    kilivic is offline Registered User
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    Jul 2007
    hong kong

    swimming class for my 3 months old baby

    any recommendations for infant of 3 months old for swimming class. just for fun and bonding only.


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    aussiegal is offline Registered User
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    Not sure about where to have lessons but we just took our son swimming with us each week from the age of 8 weeks or so. He's loved water since day one without lessons. We've seen kids of his age (16 months and older) taking lessons now but they're not doing anything he can't do now just from playing with us. We'll get him lessons when he's older and ready to learn how to swim properly.

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    mintycat is offline Registered User
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    Sep 2006
    Harry Wright offers infant swimming classes for 4 months old and above.

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    a mum is offline Registered User
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    mid levels

    Wonder if you managed to find sth for your baby. I have been thinking of doing sth similar but don't know how to dress and where to bring my baby boy (almost 3 months). Would love to know how it went with you and your baby.

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