For your infant or toddler's comfort, please do not allow them to have anything to eat or drink, with the exception of clear liquids or breast milk, 2 hours prior to their lesson. It is common for children to swallow some water over the course of their lesson. If there is undigested food in their stomach when this happens, the food will come out with the air and the child will spit up in the pool.
Check in with your instructor or the deck manager so we can keep lessons running on time.
DO NOT undress your child poolside or in the waiting area.
This will help minimize any disruption to their lesson.
Your positive support and encouragement of their efforts is the ultimate reward. Make your comments as specific as possible, ie., "Nice resting on your back" or, "I saw you working on your starfish float"!
When you see another swimmer doing something your child is capable of, you could say, "You can do that too!". If you see another swimmer doing something they are struggling with, remind them that if they keep practicing, it will become easy for them too. If you see a swimmer doing something your child has never done you could say, "You will work on that some day when you are ready. It will become easy the more you practice."
Let your child pretend to be the swimming teacher with toys. This allows them to feel in control and you may learn more by listening where their biggest concerns lie. It can also be helpful to use dramatic play as a way to chat about swimming when there is no anticipation of getting in the water.
Once your child has learned to swim, contiue to reinforce positive swimming behaviors. Avoid using flotation devices, such as water wings or swimming suits with built in flotation panels. These cause poor body posture and a false sense of security.
Learning new things is hard work. Consistency and positive support are the keys to transitioning challenges into triumphs. These lessons are individualized to meet the needs of each student. Please communicate any concerns that you may have with your instructor. Let's work together to help your child experience success!