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How to Choose the Right Baby Swimming Class

How to Choose the Right Baby Swimming Class
30 July 2014 1424 Views No comments

Making the decision to introduce your baby to swimming isn't the only thing you need to do before hitting the water. Finding the right class for you can make all the difference and help both you and baby feel happy and comfortable.

So, what should you look at when choosing the right class?

Knowledge

Just as with any activity that involves children, you need to be sure that those teaching the group are professionals. It is important to introduce your baby to the water the right way, so as to avoid any reluctance to swim later on. This means that the people running the sessions need to have in-depth knowledge.

You should check exactly what you are signing up for, who is running the class and what qualifications they have. A person running a baby swimming class should be fully qualified and understand the theory behind baby swimming, as well as best practice. Not only will this ensure your baby's safety and help them to develop, but it will also make you feel more confident.

Ask questions

It is important that you ask questions if you are unsure about anything. This means you can get a better understanding of how the class aims to operate and what each lesson will entail. This is especially the case if the class involves submersions.

Having a better understanding of what you will do in the classes and why you do it will help you to decide if the class is suitable for your family. You are also more likely to feel confident about the class, which will make your baby feel more relaxed.

What do the classes entail?

The content of baby swimming classes can vary a lot. This means that no two classes are the same. You should choose a class that has a set programme of development, which will mean that all the teachers work in the same way and follow the same teaching outline.

This is best for your baby, as all teachers will move at the same pace and use the same techniques, allowing for development. The programme should always be focused on working at your baby's pace, helping with their progression.

You want to ensure that the programme is well developed and outlines objectives and aims. This structure lets you know what you and your baby are working towards, and is the best way to help your baby move to the next step.

Going under

Many schools use submersion as a technique during baby swimming classes. This is a beneficial part of your child's development and is very safe. When starting off, it's good practice to submerge your baby while being instructed by a fully qualified teacher. This is because babies can have different reactions to going under water, so a controlled environment is needed along with someone there to answer any questions you have about your child's reactions. The Swimming Teachers Association has some very useful baby swimming guides when it comes to submersion.

Comfort

The most important thing you need to ensure is that you and your baby feel comfortable in the class. If you find that you don't enjoy it and don't feel comfortable, look into other options.

Your baby will be able to tell if you aren't enjoying the class and whether you are comfortable. If you aren't, this could affect their development. You should be able to enjoy each class and leave in a good mood.