swimming lesson, who and when?

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Carolyn - posted on 06/16/2009

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I started swimming lessons with my son when he was 6 months old. We are doing it again this year. I started that early because I didn't want him to be afraid of the water and its a fun activity we could do together. It mostly encourages them to play in the water and now we are into trying to get him to kick and float. the parent is always holding the child.

I keep a lifejacket on him if we are near water.

YMCA does lessons for young kids and so does our local indoor city pool.

Titik - posted on 06/15/2009

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thank you. I agree that i can do it as early as i want. but in my country, it's so difficult to find a swim course or swim class for children under 3 years.

Jocelyn - posted on 06/12/2009

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you can start as early as you want. i've heard of some classes where they (successfully) teach infants what to do if they fall into a pool...it's amazing to watch...these little tiny babes swimming towards the edge, and then flipping over to their backs to breath, and them swimming some more. (it's based in....Arizona or something) but where i am they start swimming lessons around two or so.

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I have wondered the same thing about swimming lessons. We live in Florida and we are literally surrounded by ocean, rivers and lakes EVERYWHERE....not to mention that so many people have pools. I'll be keeping an eye on this thread to see what everyone has to say. A friend of mine used to work at the YMCA and she said that they don't offer swim classes to children under the age of 2 because (according to some statistic) children under two won't retain the information, which makes it useless if they ever HAVE to swim to save themselves. I don't know if this is true though. I always thought that the earlier you get a baby in water, the more "instinctual" it would be.

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