Congratulations on taking the first step of the Learn to Swim Journey. We are here to guide you and walk/swim with you through every step/stroke.
Now that you have decided to start swimming classes with your little one and are eagerly awaiting the first class. You probably have some questions about what to bring, when to arrive and how your baby will react to the experience (especially if it’s their first exposure to a pool). To ease your mind and better prepare you to enter the world of swim lessons, here are 5 tips to keep in mind.
If it’s your first time participating in infant swim lessons, plan to arrive about ten minutes before class starts. You’ll want some extra time to check in with the front desk, use the restroom, change clothes (if you’re not already in your swim outfit) and introduce yourself to our helpful staff before class starts. If you have not been to the facility this is a great time to allow us to give you a quick tour and provide answers to any questions you may have. This is also a perfect time to allow children to adjust to a new exciting environment!
A Swim Diaper is a Must
Even if you’re a new parent, you’re probably already used to the art of diapering. You know to keep diapers and wipes handy at all times, and are likely accustomed to changing your baby in a variety of places. But sometimes parents forget about swim diapers. If you’re new to swimming classes, it’s a good idea to invest in one or two reusable swim diapers.
Other Items to Bring
Swim classes are fun and can also be tiring, for both baby and parent. It’s likely that your little one may want to have a drink and/or snack (depending on their age) after class. Bring a bottle for baby, a water bottle for you and some healthy snacks for one – or both – of you, if your child is eating solid foods. You may also want to bring your favorite baby lotion in your bag, as chlorinated water can dry out the skin.
Understand There’s a Long-Term Plan
Sometimes, swimming lessons can appear to be all about splashing and having fun. While parents enjoy this bonding time with their newborns, some might wonder if this “playtime” is actually helping their baby learn to swim. Remember that different swim schools follow different curriculums, but most will start with basic songs and movements to get baby comfortable in the water. Stick with it for at least a few months, and you will see progress. You may even be surprised at how quickly your tiny infant picks up aquatic skills and advances toward swimming. If you’re at all concerned about the curriculum, ask an instructor before or after class to explain why classes are structured as they are. And then keep an open mind, there are clear reasons for beginning simply and building upon skills over time. If it’s your first time going to swimming lessons, remember the tips above – and smile. You and your little one are about to begin a wonderful journey together.
There may be crying. Your child is in an unfamiliar environment with strangers. Expect some tears. Nothing harmful is happening to baby, they are simply adjusting to the new environment. Parents may enter the pool but remember the Coach is in charge and has experience teaching. While we do not want to remove from your parenting abilities, we want you to know we have the swimmers best interest at heart.
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