A few months ago I’d written about finding G some new activites that would help him burn off some energy, and learn some new skills.
We were looking into sports based activities, as he has so much energy we knew that they would be something he would enjoy.
After recommendations from many parents and other bloggers too, we decided to try swimming lessons with Waterbabies. After two taster sessions that went really well, we started the very next term.
Every Friday has been swimming lesson day, and G has had an absolute blast! He gets so excited when he knows where we’re going and literally skips into the venue where we attend lessons.
I wasn’t sure what to expect from a baby swim class at first. They’re still so little, and I know many start classes a lot younger, some only weeks old! So I just thought it might be a confidence building thing, enjoying the water and just having a splash about. But it is so much more!
It is of course fantastic for building their confidence in the water, but they are learning lots of skills and techniques, many of the safety based, so as well as learning to be in the water, they’re learning how to get in and out safely and how to behave around water.
Like I said many start a lot younger so I thought G may be behind and need to catch up, but he took to it so well and soon caught on to what to do.
Even so, I never thought that in just 10 weeks he’d be able to swim a short distance without any support! I was almost crying with pride and he was beaming.
From having no swimming skills at all, apart from how to make a splashy tidal wave, he can now get in and out of the pool safely, make doggy paddle arms, make breast stroke arms, swim with the aid of a float and dive underwater. So many new skills that we can use on our holidays soon!
But even more than all the skills learnt (I am really pleased with them of course!) is that I’ve really enjoyed the lessons too. If you’ve got toddlers then you’ll know its near enough impossible to get them to stay still for our much longed for cuddles! Swimming practically forces them to stay close to you for a while, something I made the most of!!
We have really enjoyed our time with Waterbabies, and we’re signing up for the next term (although it runs through my due date so Nanny and Mr H will be taking over at some point and I’ll be cheering from the sidelines!)
Do your littles have swimming lessons? What other activities do they enjoy the most?
Mrs H xxx
Disclosure – we were offered a discounted term in return for an honest review of our experiences. All views are my own.