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Frequently Asked Questions

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Why learn to swim as early as 6 months?
Babies only develop a fear of water as they grow older, so early introduction to fun based, sequentially developmental programs can allay many of these fears, both for the baby and the parent.

World-wide studies have shown that children who have taken part in swimming lessons from an early age are fitter, stronger, more coordinated and healthier. They are able to ward off winter illnesses and react more positively in stressful situations. Besides this, they are also 10-12 months more socially and intellectually advanced than their peers.

How are lessons conducted?
Lessons are conducted in ten week blocks with a focus for each week. Skills taught will depend on the age and ability of the group. Lessons will be not only be play based, but skills will be repeated in a variety of stimulating, colourful activities and songs, that will enhance the child’s motor, intellectual and social development.

Baby swim lessons are a wonderful bonding time for both baby and parent in a warm, clean environment. The aim of our lessons is to develop happy and confident young swimmers who can explore the water, submerge and make their own way to the surface. They can roll onto their back, or turn and move independently to the wall to grasp and climb out to safety. It is also a time for both baby and parent to learn respect of the water and its dangers and the absolute importance of supervision at all times.

What can my child expect on the first day of swimming lessons?
Their first lesson will be a new experience for each baby and parent, seeing and hearing other babies and their parents. Some babies may cry being introduced to unfamiliar surroundings, but be assured their reaction to the subsequent weeks’ lesson will be very different.

Parents can help their baby by doing introductory activities at bathtime. The first lesson will be introducing your baby to a much bigger expanse of water and other babies with parents, in a non-threatening environment. The teacher will explain the rules of entry and exit from the pool, and how classes will be conducted. Individual differences will be catered to by your qualified and experienced Austswim teacher.

One of the vital skills for your baby to be safer in the water is the ability to grasp the edge of the pool, so you will be expected to wear a T-shirt to enable this.

Can both parents come along?
Yes they can, but it may be better to alternate weekly to keep the group small at a given time and also enabling both the parents having good participation in the class activity.
I’m an accompanying parent but I don’t know swimming?
Many parents have not had the opportunity to learn to swim, but are keen for their children to do so. This is not a problem as the pool is always shallow enough for you to stand and support your baby. Taking part in these lessons will develop your confidence as well. Try to relax and enjoy the class with your baby.
Are the pools safe for the babies to swim?
Yes. The pool depth is usually between 1.04 – 1.2 meters with ledges and a platform. It is extremely important that your baby is not submerged until the teacher sees that they show readiness during the lesson. This will avoid accidental swallowing of water. All pools have excellent filtration systems which ensures that the water is safe.
How long will it take for my child to become water safe?
No matter how many lessons or casual swims your baby or young child has, unless they are supervised vigilantly by an adult, no one can guarantee their safety.

Swimming lessons teaches young babies and children to respect the water by activities such as a safe entry at the beginning of the lesson. We never jump into the water at the beginning of a lesson, but may do so during the lesson. Clothed swims are avoided until the baby is at least two years old. These and many other layers of protection keep your child safer in the water. The more practise time the child has, the faster they will learn to get themselves to safety.

What can we do after we have completed the ‘Baby & me’ swimming program?
Children at 3 years are normally enrolled in the Kiddie Swimmers program where they will be in an independent class with the teacher. For those children who have turned 3, but are not ready to go into water without their parent or carer, we offer the ‘Baby & me’ 3 – 4 year old class, where parents can remain in the water with their child.