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By Mark Collins, CEO of JUMP! Swim Schools
Deciding when to take your baby to his or her first swimming lesson is a big decision for any parent. You want to know your baby is ready and will enjoy the experience.
Starting at an early age (from 3 months+) is a very different experience to waiting until they are a toddler or older and there are often lots of questions about what to expect and what actually happens at swimming classes designed for babies.
It can be a wonderful experience for both baby and parents and provide special bonding time that involves lots of cuddles, songs and fun while also being a social activity for parents.
It can also give a child a huge head start providing life-saving water skills from a very young age. When children start early they adapt so quickly and swimming becomes a normal and enjoyable activity in their lives.
So what can you expect at baby swimming lessons? In each lesson, you can expect a series of activities that aim to gradually improve baby’s confidence, breath control, buoyancy and mobility.
Swimming lessons can boost your baby’s confidence in the water.
It can seem like a lot of singing and games, but so much is being developed with every activity, for example:
Most babies really enjoy the water but the key is to follow your baby’s cues and take it one small step at a time. Most activities can be modified according to your baby’s comfort level and your swim teacher will help guide you and modify activities for your child if required.
The use of verbal and physical cues by both the teacher and you (with the teacher’s guidance) will help baby learn and prepare for what’s about to happen. It’s amazing how quickly they learn; using these cues, babies can be closing their eyes and mouth from a very young age, ready to submerge.
Your baby will quickly learn new skills in the water, like closing their eyes and mouth.
From the age of three months up to approximately 9 months, the main goals of baby swim lessons are to help baby:
By nine months, baby should be able to comfortably submerge to a teacher and be kicking and reaching. The great bonus at this age, is that most of the skills can also be practised in the tub at home during bath time and this further reinforces key skills.
For more information visit Jump Swim Schools.