Since posting on my Instagram a couple of weeks ago about Archie going to his swimming class, I have had so many questions regarding where I take him, how he does and what it’s like. So I figured instead of answering everyone individually I would just do a generic post addressing the frequently asked questions.
What age did you start taking Archie swimming?
Archie had his first swimming experience of Fathers Day 2015 when he was about 12 weeks old. Callum and I took him to our local swimming baths and spent about 15 minutes in the water with him. He seemed to enjoy it but he did get cold very quick even though he had a wetsuit on. It took us longer to get changed before and after than we spent in the pool.
He then went on to have a taster swimming session the following week which I continued to do for the rest of the term as pay as you go classes. After this term was up we signed up for the courses.
How much are the classes?
The classes run across school term times. Depending on how many weeks in a term depends how many classes there are. Our first term was the most expensive as there were more weeks in the term. We have a class on a Monday once a week and they last 30 minutes. We have had 3 terms so far and they have ranged from £80 – £90. If there are school holidays during that term time then classes are not on therefore reflecting in the amount you pay.
How many people per class?
There is one teacher per class and up to 8 babies (with parents). This can vary depending on class.
Ages of babies in class?
There are seperate classes depending on age groups.
- Adult and Baby 3-9 months
- Adult and Baby 9-15 months
- Adult and Toddler 15 months – 2 years
- Adult and Child 2-4 years
- Preschool 1 (with parent in water) 2 years 9 months – 4 years
- Preschool 3-4 1/2 years
What do you actually do?
When I tell people Archie has swimming lessons and has done from the age of 3 months people think I’m crazy. I mean how can you teach a baby to swim when they don’t understand.
Honestly before starting the courses I was a bit dubious as to whether he would pick it up or even understand what was going on. I mainly signed up to make new mummy friends and to get out of the house once a week.
To start with we just used to swish the babies side to side in the pool so they could feel the water travel around them making them move their feet. We would sing nursery rhymes and learn different safety holds whilst playing with toys.
We then moved onto teaching the babies to reach out their arms. We would grab toys in the water guide them through the water and swish them from side to side. We also did this for their feet where they would learn to kick a ball across the pool.
Next they learnt how to be on their back and roll from their stomach to their backs. After each activity we would take the babies to the side of the pool to hold on. As the months have gone past we step it up a bit each session so instead of just holding on they climb out. All of this is essential life skills in an event of a baby falling into water they would safely be able to roll onto their back and kick to the edge and climb out.
During Archie’s swimming classes not only has he learnt life skills, he has learnt how to doggy paddle on his front, swim on his back, jump into the water and swim to the side and swim underwater. He absolutely loves his classes and they are definitely well worth the money. At 15 months old he is very water confident and I can’t believe how advanced he is becoming. Obviously I still have to support him in the water as he doesn’t have buoyancy aids. But week by week I can really notice a difference in his swimming.
I 100% recommend booking your baby onto a swim course. Even if you can’t afford the courses take them to the pay as you go classes. It’s not just a hobby it’s a life skill and I’m so glad that we decided to enroll Archie.
I hope this has cleared up any questions you may have, feel free to ask more in the comments.
Love Tilly & Archie xx