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    • voixdeville
    • By voixdeville 14th Nov 16, 6:32 PM
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    Baby swimming lessons
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    • 14th Nov 16, 6:32 PM
    Baby swimming lessons 14th Nov 16 at 6:32 PM

    I have a 4 month old baby and I would like her to start having swimming lessons. I am based just South of Manchester.

    I contacted Water Babies for information, but think their classes are extortionate at 150. I have also read some bad reviews of the company online.

    Does anyone know of any classes that are more reasonably priced? Or any companies you would like to recommend please?

    Thanks in advance.
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    • ViolaLass
    • By ViolaLass 14th Nov 16, 6:40 PM
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    How confident a swimmer are you? I just took my daughter to the pool every week and watch Youtube videos for ideas.
    • voixdeville
    • By voixdeville 14th Nov 16, 7:01 PM
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    Wow really? I am a very confident swimmer. What kind of videos did you watch?

    I think i would be a bit nervous putting the baby underwater on my own though!

    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 14th Nov 16, 7:09 PM
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    At four months she doesn't need "lessons".

    Just take her in the water and get her floating, with your two hands/arms under her....

    Swimming is simply "floating .... then moving arms/legs to move in a chosen direction" - at 4 months she won't be making choices about directions and probably isn't in control of her arms/legs THAT much.

    Just enjoy the water - and floating .... you can sort out the arms/legs later once she's happy floating about. No rush.

    (I have taught swimming in the dim and distant past + been a competitive swimmer for many years).
    • voixdeville
    • By voixdeville 14th Nov 16, 7:22 PM
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    Great, thanks for the information! The reason I was looking at swimming lessons, (and particularly lessons with the company 'Water Babies'), is because they teach you how to put your baby underwater without it being in danger (as it still has the automatic reflex to hold its breath at that age).

    This was the element that attracted me; and I am not sure I would want to do this in the swimming pool alone.

    That is why I was enquiring specifically about lessons tbh.

    • waterbaby
    • By waterbaby 14th Nov 16, 8:22 PM
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    We joined the classes at our local leisure centre, we paid 23 a month for one lesson a week. Lessons were singing songs, pouring water, reaching for floaty toys... generally enjoying the water.

    As a lifelong club and competitive swimmer, could i have done this myself - well yes and no. I could definitely have done the stuff I mentioned above - but the teacher, who out of choice only taught babies to 3 year olds as she was so passionate about that age group, really brought it to life with her knowledge and experience, and she explained about baby swimming things that I - despite having also trained as a teacher but not to teach babies - was unaware of. Plus we did loads of things I would never have thought of. I met her with my first daughter, and since joined her classes for two more babies, I've even changed my work hours around to accommodate her lessons!

    It would have only cost me 1.50 less to go once a week to the public session, so I thought an extra 1.50 for that lesson was a bargain.

    Also having the regular commitment was a positive as it got us out of the house and chatting with the same group of mums in the changing room was a bonus.

    None of this means that you can't go alone to enjoy the water of course. We do both!

    Waterbabies are quite focused on spending a lot of time going underwater so that'll be why you've picked up on them if you want to get your baby underwater. But underwater is not exclusive to them; ours did it once or twice a lesson (or not at all, depending on the parent's preference). (I certainly wouldn't be paying 15 a lesson.)

    Have you enquired at your local pool? Maybe they would let you have a taster session while signing up? Or is it possible to go and watch and talk to the teacher?

    Good luck, I hope the swimming goes well whichever route you take!

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    • DigForVictory
    • By DigForVictory 14th Nov 16, 8:53 PM
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    We were told to get the baby completely wet, stay warm & have fun as a first "lesson". He had a whale of a time & my sis & I nearly got pneumonia making sure he went from warm & wet, to warm & dry & dressed, in jig time whist freezing in our swimwear.

    They can all flail across a small pool & none seem to really enjoy swimming, so maybe classes would have kept us sticking to it longer, younger. Organised by the pool at council rates, rather than expensive ones!
    • kingfisherblue
    • By kingfisherblue 14th Nov 16, 9:08 PM
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    Council lessons are usually fine and an awful lot cheaper. If you are confident in the water yourself, then take baby in for fun between lessons (if you choose to have them) as well. I'm scared of water and can only just panic my way across the width of the shallow end. Fortunately my ex is a confident swimmer, which has lead my daughter to being confident enough to take her little one into the pool from an early age.

    Council swimming lessons are popular in our area, and some children reach a very high standard.
    • LilElvis
    • By LilElvis 14th Nov 16, 10:57 PM
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    I took our daughter to Waterbabies from age 3 months and it was worth every penny. Yes, it is expensive but they are taught safety techniques from day 1 as this is more important than the actual swimming. It's not a quick process though - it's a 40 week a year commitment for about 3 years at a total cost of nearing 2000. Stop after a year and you might as well not bother as they lose everything they've learned (from Mums I know who did stop). Our daughter is now 6 and happily swims in a 1.8 metre deep pool with her Dad every week for an hour - can dive to the bottom, swim crawl, backstroke, breaststroke. All of this was because of the Waterbabies tuition as she hasn't needed another lesson since.

    And if you take a baby in the pool you need a swim nappy with neoprene swim pants over them as a swim nappy by itself is useless if the baby poops in the pool. You won't be popular if the pool has to be closed to be cleaned!

    It was a huge commitment, and at times had me in tears, but she really loved it and swimming continues to be her favourite activity. Watching her whoosh down the slide, off the back of a boat, and into the sea whilst whooping with delight was one of the highlights of our summer holiday. Find a swim school you're happy with and you really will have an amazing time with your baby.
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    • Savvy_Sue
    • By Savvy_Sue 15th Nov 16, 2:34 AM
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    AS well as classes in the local council pool, you may find other companies running private classes in health clubs and gyms and hotel pools. I think we have puddle ducks and turtle tots in ours. No idea what they're like.

    I think the water in the (hotel) pool I use is slightly warmer than at the council pool. changing room is still freezing. I recommend a towelling dressing gown instead of a large towel: pop that on you while you sort baby out, and you'll be nearly dry and not half-frozen.
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    • Spendless
    • By Spendless 15th Nov 16, 7:13 AM
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    AS well as classes in the local council pool, you may find other companies running private classes in health clubs and gyms and hotel pools. I think we have puddle ducks and turtle tots in ours. No idea what they're like.
    Originally posted by Savvy_Sue
    As well as these, also try schools that have their own pools. The ones in my area hire them out to private companies at the weekend for swimming lessons.
    • voixdeville
    • By voixdeville 15th Nov 16, 11:44 AM
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    Thanks so much to everyone for the info! xxx
    • Kynthia
    • By Kynthia 15th Nov 16, 11:59 PM
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    Not all babies like going under water. We did the classes for a year a my daughter hated being put under water even though she enjoyed the rest of the class. As has been said, once you stop the classes the baby forgets all they learnt if they are young. I think I would look for a cheaper company next time that wasn't so focussed on going under the water.
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    • Summer Dreams
    • By Summer Dreams 16th Nov 16, 12:57 PM
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    I did the water babies classes as I really wante d an underwater photo! She hates being put underwater and would come up coughing which made me worry she was inhaling some water so stopped after the first term.

    I know people go on about the safety near water but I won't be leaving her unsupervised near water and when we were on holiday near the pool she also wore a safety vest.

    Try to take them Swimming regularly and they soon develop water confidence anyway!
    • sweetilemon
    • By sweetilemon 20th Nov 16, 11:01 PM
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    Our local pool has 'turtle tots'. I would have taken my daughter to them. I see the mums and tot's regularly and they seem to really enjoy it and progress but I do hear moans about pricing and if their baby gets upset during the lesson it's a lot of money wasted. I would check the pool temperature with staff before booking and make sure they have plenty of facilities. If my daughter has a sibling I would definitely take them, worth the money but I would see if they do a free trial or just take them to the pool to see if they like it first. The good thing is a trained first aider on hand, the nursery rhymes (louder than you could do alone), social aspect and knowledge to teach them different stages (underwater etc) at the correct pace. Downside is the set time (if they need a feed, not feeling well/tired) and lots of mums getting their babies chaged at the same time.
    • sulphate
    • By sulphate 21st Nov 16, 4:09 PM
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    When i was on maternity leave i took my lb to the lessons at my local council swimming pool which is 5 minutes away, it was lovely and now i am back at work my mum takes him (he is now 21 months). You don't get the underwater photos etc like you do with water babies but like you i felt the cost was extortionate and also our nearest water babies class was 15 miles away. The main idea at this age is to get them used to the water etc and i didn't feel like you have to pay a high cost for that.

    However as someone else has already mentioned make sure you keep it up because i stopped lessons when i went back to work and my mum didn't start taking him again until about 7 months later and it was like he had forgotten most things, so it is worth keeping it up IMO.
    • happybunny86
    • By happybunny86 22nd Dec 16, 11:05 PM
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    Is there anyone who offers private lessons near you. I live in South Yorkshire and we went to a lady who does weekly lessons but also sessions to get you confident enough to go alone and understand safety. She's called bubble and splash and on Facebook if you would consider travelling. After that you'd have the skills to go to your own pool.
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    • happybunny86
    • By happybunny86 22nd Dec 16, 11:06 PM
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    Also if you want underwater photos buy an underwater camera and go with your partner. It's cheaper than the posh photo sessions
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    • juliamarshall001
    • By juliamarshall001 29th Aug 18, 7:28 AM
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    I am from Houston, My daughter is learning swimming skills from Pengu Swim School in $78/month which include other facilities also, quite cheap though.
    • lrastriker
    • By lrastriker 15th Sep 18, 6:16 AM
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    I've tried swimming with my baby before she's 1. She loves the water but the problem is she keeps swallowing some every time she moves her feet and hands while giggling a lot. She didn't want any floater so I have to hold her tight. I've wanted her to go under but I'm too scared. I'm always envious of those tiny babies able to hold their breath when under water. Too bad we don't have any swimming lessons for babies here.
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