Survival Swimming Lessons for babies.

Brittany - posted on 08/06/2010 ( 15 moms have responded )

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I had a dream that my almost 1 year old jumped into a pool and the next evening the news had this story about these survival swimming lessons for babies. Because the dream scared me so much I decided to look into them. Has anybody else heard about them? What do you think about them? Has anybody used them? I would love some feedback!

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Jennifer - posted on 08/07/2010

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It's always a good idea to have your kids take swimming lessons, you can never start to early.

Renae - posted on 08/07/2010

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I'm not sure where you live but in Australia its very common for babies to have swimming lessons. The majority of our population live near the beach and backyard swimming pools are very common (its hard to buy a house without one now).

Just be aware that baby swimming lessons do not prevent babies from drowning, it just gets them used to the water and makes swimming lessons and learning to swim much easier when they are old enough to learn.

Under the age of 3, when a child falls into the water unexpectedly, they freeze, they do not swim, even if they can swim, they dont. Adult supervision (and that means watching continuously without taking your eyes away) is the only thing that stops kids from drowning. There is a swimming school here that is always advertising on TV and they claim to be able to get 1 year olds to swim even when thrown in the water unexpectedly, but there is no evidence to support their claims.

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I have copied this from a safety pamphlet that I was given at day care:
"Most children who drown are under four years old. Drowning happens very quickly and quietly. Young children can drown in only a few centimeters of water. Teaching toddlers or young children to swim will not prevent drowning."
The point is, baby swim classes will not help your child to save himself if he falls into a pool. Constant supervision around swimming pools is the best thing to prevent children from drowning. On the other hand, swimming classes for babies is a good thing to help with water familiarisation and a good form of excersise for the littlies. Just don't rely on them to keep your child safe.

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Rachel - posted on 08/09/2010

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My mother in law had my husband taking them when he was about 1 or 2! She loved them and said they worked extremely well for them! I am looking into starting them for our now 8 month old daughter next summer since she will be 1 in December!

Christel - posted on 08/07/2010

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I would do mommy and baby swim lessonsif I were you! I think it might be more fun and less stressful because you would be with your little one and having a great time there not that much money! part and rec program!

Amy - posted on 08/07/2010

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I'm not sure about 'survival' swim lessons but our 17 mth old daughter has just started swim lessons at the Y. I think it's good for them to be familiar w/ water and feel comfortable in it because I'm 28 and am extremely fearful of water and drowning. That said, children aren't to be left unsupervised in the tub, let alone a pool (or near one) so I'm not sure if they would do alot of good. Not much is a substitute for good parenting and supervision:)

R. S. - posted on 08/07/2010

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I taught infants programs, years ago. This is NO substitute for gates and supervision!!! Also, I strongly recommend against using "floaties" for kids. Little ones need to know that you go in, you go down. That aside, kids under a year can learn to turn, paddle and grab, what they need to do if they fall in, and kids under 3 can learn to swim a fair distance (with modified breathing until they gain coordination). Swimming lessons are terrific at ANY age, though infants are MUCH easier than seniors!

Brittany - posted on 08/07/2010

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I understand that there's nothing better then watching and so far the only pool we have to worry about is an above ground pool at his dad's house but it's still scary you know? I mean, even if he never uses it could it hurt to at least get him in a class to teach him those skills? I mean, I want to do it even if there's a small chance it could ever come in handy. Even if it's just like...1%.

Jamie - posted on 08/07/2010

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I brought my daughter to little swim classes at the YMCA when she was 6 months old, had her splashing and kicking and blowing bubbles. she loved it. i know its not the same as the survival swim classes but that might be something to look into as well. I think with the pool though, as long as you have it locked or gated so your baby cant get to it, he'll be fine!

Julie - posted on 08/06/2010

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My sister was the first generation..in the 70s the were Tadpole Tots..60 minutes came and did a story in them and everything.. My daughter was in a program called Diaper Dolphins... It is not a substitute for watching your kid near the water or giving you an artifical sense of security...but when my sister slipped under the water at the kiddie pool on vacation at disney she didn't panic or cry ..

Jennifer - posted on 08/06/2010

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I've seen the approach you are refering to and I haven't heard if it is helpful or not but unfortunately it's not offered in my area since there are no instructors around here... It was something that really interested me so if anyone knows more I'd also be interested in knowing whether or not it's helpful... otherwise I take my baby in the pool all the time as it is and plan on enrolling him in mommy/baby classes as soon as he's 6 months old

Julie - posted on 08/06/2010

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my sister learned to swim at four months old..
my daughter learned to swim at six months old

Schyla - posted on 08/06/2010

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My SIL did them with her twins but my little one who is the same age dose just as well in the pool as they do. and like everyone else said they won't teach your little one to save themselfs if they fall in having a gate with an alarm and practicing safe habits with your child is the best thing you can do for your child.

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My daughter went through Safe Start last summer at our YMCA. It was the best thing I ever did because it not only gave me piece of mind but it showed my family that she is capable of handling herself. Will say this....we do end up freaking out those around us because out of the blue she will jump out of the arms holding her and flip onto her back before trying to find the end to swim too.

We would have done the refresher course this summer but we had a surgery already scheduled that took up the whole summer with healing.

Jessica - posted on 08/06/2010

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I've heard of them, and I heard that they were a good idea.....but just as quickly I heard that they are not a good idea. I personally couldn't do it. But to each her own. As long as your pool is gated or otherwise secured, and you are on guard....I don't really see the need for swimming lessons until they are old enough to actually learn to swim. JMHO!

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