Frequently Asked Questions
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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.
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.
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.
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.