Advice · Toddler

Beginning Swim Lessons

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Mason loves to be in the pool! He’s been splashing around ever since he was 3 months old. Now he’s reaching 18 months and he’s showing more interest in swimming on his own. Mark and I realized, having a pool in our backyard, that scheduling swim lessons was crucial.

We did some research about swim instructors nearby and we came across a well known lady in the community. We knew immediately that we wanted her to teach our children how to swim. We just started yesterday and after today’s lesson I can already notice some improvements.

It’s always hard to watch your child cry or be nervous with a new activity, but he is such a trooper and in good hands. I think this is one of the best things we can do for Mason and set him up with the tools he needs in order to protect himself while swimming at a young age. Before you know it he’ll be swimming laps around us.

Some tips for preparation before a swim lesson:

  • Do not feed your child at least two hours before a swim lesson. There’s a lot of water and air intake that could result in a puke situation. We learned this at Mason’s first lesson even though we fed him an hour and a half beforehand.
  • Do not apply any sunscreen or lotion on your child. This makes for a slippery baby and less control for the instructor. Each lesson is normally just 10 minutes at a time so there’s no need to worry about your baby getting a sun burn if the pool is set outside.
  • Bring two towels just in case. One for immediately after your child gets out of the pool since you might have them lay on their left side to release any other air from their belly, then possibly a second for drying off before changing into dry closes.
  • Be sure to have swim diapers and a diaper cover to prevent leakage. We bring swim diapers and Mason’s board shorts, but I’m sure your instructor will inform you if anything is different.

This is just week one of Mason’s swim lessons and I’m excited to see how he progresses as the weeks go on. The times we visit our swim instructor, she is introducing the basics of safety swimming and floating. By the end of this Mason should be able to roll on his back and float. The lessons should last 4 to 6 weeks, but all depends on how well Mason does. Love our little swim buddy!

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