to see babies and children
enjoying themselves in the water!
However, it is important that we teach water safety such that a child will not panic if in a water incident, but know how to respond in a safe manner. We teach babies/children not to panic if they should fall into water, to kick to the surface and either hold on to the side or float on their backs.
We do use a variety of teaching aids such as kickboards, noodles and bubble packs to aid a child in learning specific skills or in obtaining a good streamlined position. However, we do not use these all throughout the lessons.
Floating seats or arm bands are not used in our classes as these can encourage dependency and prevent your child from feeling his or her own buoyancy in the water. At the early stages of swimming with your baby, you will serve as a temporary support.
We aim to help the child become independent in the water, and to know what to do should they have an unexpected fall into water, without flotation devices.
Swimming from birth, without the use of floatation devices, will hopefully make your child supremely confident in water. Having said that, they still need very careful supervision around it, perhaps even more so as they are often quite happy to jump in!