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alwayssmile's picture
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RQOTN - Wednesday 2/8

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Let's talk swimming. Have your LOs done swim lessons or are you planning on doing swim lessons this summer?
Furthermore, do you think that swimming is a life skill or is it dangerous to you?
I ran across a debate recently where some moms believe in early swim lessons for the safety and life skill knowledge where others find it dangerous since it would encourage young kids to go in on their own. Any thoughts to this debate?

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DD1 went to swimming lessons as soon as she could, at 3 years old. Most of the people around here don't take kids until they are 3 so DS couldn't last year but he will this year. And I think the latter argument is stupid (sorry guys, I do).

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Teagan hasn't had swim lessons yet but she loves the water. I think we'll start organized swim classes this summer. I believe that swimming is a life experience thing. Only weirdos like my DH who grew up in the desert can't swim. (Seriously, I can lap him multiple times and I'm not a fast swimmer) Its only dangerous if your kid is around water and you're not watching him/her. Whether or not your child has had swim lessons you should always be alert around water. I hear of so many drowning/near-drowning accidents here in the SW and I think its because the parents are ignorant to proper supervision around water rather than because the kids can't swim.

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I would have liked to enroll Lyla in some this summer, but I'm not sure it'll happen now since I will have an itty bitty too. I think it's great for them to learn to swim at an early age, but it's not an excuse to not supervise them around water. I disagree that it could encourage them more to venture into deep waters alone. I'm pretty sure that my kid would fling herself into any body of water regardless of whether she could swim or not. I agree with Christa and Erin on this one.

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I think children should be closely watched at all times around water regardless of ability to swim so the latter argument is a little silly to me. My son will be doing lessons soon. At this age its very basic "skills" just more about getting comfortable with the water instead of fearing it. I personally didnt learn to swim till later in life so to me i absolutely think its a life skill to have.

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Erin- around here farm kids can't swim either.

Kids around water should ALWAYS be supervised, ALWAYS!

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Aiden LOVES the water. Last summer he kicked away in the pool. For a few months now he's put his whole face and, if deep enough, his whole head under the water. He quickly learned the lesson "hold your breath!" Panicked me the first couple of times! He loves to blow raspberries in the water too. To me it is absolutely safety to teach swim skills at a young age. If we hadn't been gone for over half of the lessons for babies last summer he would have taken the baby swim class. I learned to swim at a young age. It did not encourage me to play in water by myself because as I was taught I was also taught about the dangers of drowning and why it's important to have an adult around just in case. While I never plan to ever leave DS unsupervised around water, both of his grandparents have pools that are not locked up behind it's own fence (neither plan to do that either) so I may not 100% be right there with him (they do babysit when I'm in town), and there is a danger.
I haven't found swim lessons where we're moving yet, but even if I can't find any I will take DS out to water to go over some basics with him (trying to get him to float with his head above the water, dog paddle, etc).

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Ronin won't be able to do swimming lessons until he is 3 because they don't do them on a Saturday until then. The only classes available now are during the week when I'm at work which sucks.

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Simon has been in a pool, but no lessons yet. They even have "lessons" from 3 months of age here, but that would entail ME getting in a bathing suit in front of strangers, which I'm not to keen on. As soon as I'm more comfortable that way i want him in lessons!! I want to teach him water safety as well though, not to venture out alone, but it would be nice to know he can keep himself afloat just incase. He's not ever around water alone though. I dont really know anyone who doesnt know how to swim, except my Mom. Most people around here seem to at least know how to doggy paddle and stay afloat in some way.

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I'm also pro swim. They have baby lessons here, but I didn't take advantage of them last summer. This year we probably will. Evan loves the water, I took him to the pool last year and he wasn't scared a bit. Jackie, I'm glad you commented on Aiden learning the "hold your breath" technique. DS likes to put his face under water in the bath tub and it scares me to death. I guess I need to let him learn that too!!

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Rowan has been in swim lessons since August at an indoor pool. Her class is 30 minutes a week. The first couple of weeks are about getting comfortable in the pool. Starting week 4, they go under water. Rowan can now put her face under water, she can float on her back, she can pull herself along the edge of the pool, and, most importantly, she can get herself out of the pool, and she can do all of it without panicking.

We don't have a pool ourselves, but I think it is extremely important that all children learn how to swim from an early age. You never know what might happen. I read an article last year about three kids from the same family (cousins and siblings) all drowning because a fourth child fell into a lake or river (can't remember which), and they tried to save him. None of the adult relatives could swim either, and they watched helplessly from the shore while a complete stranger managed to rescue the child who originally fell in, and the other three died. To me, those were all preventable deaths. Anyone who thinks that teaching a child to swim will make it more dangerous for them is an idiot - kids will jump or fall in anyway. Accidents happen.

Personally, I hate swimming. I had to take lessons as a child, and hated every minute of it, as did some of my brothers. One summer, my mother told us that if we could swim for ten minutes without touching the sides or bottom, we wouldn't have to take lessons anymore. Two of my brothers and I jumped in, swam for ten minutes, and didn't swim for the rest of the summer (my other brother thought we were crazy - he loved swim lessons). But I am glad that my mother made us learn to swim, and believe it was an important life skill. It means I'm not afraid of the water, and it means that I don't need to make someone else risk their life to rescue me in the event that I fall into a pool.

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That's a sad story! Sad But a great reminder as to why having basic swim skills is so necessary.

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I better get Teagan in swim lessons quick. I can't have Rowan swimming laps around her!

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I think at this age it is pointless and a little more dangerous only because I have heard of babies drowning at swim lessons while the mother is holding them but not paying attention to where the babies face is at.. Can you tell Im a bit freaked out..

I think swim lessons really are only beneficial when a child can be in a noodle or floaties by themselves and can actually make those movements themselves while copying an instructor. I like to start them around 2 or 3 years of age..

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We won't do swim lesson any time soon for Odin as I think they need to be a little older (closer to 3) to do actual strokes. But we do own a pool so he is and will continue to be exposed to water and swimming with us. For now it important for us to teach him the things mentioned above like putting face in water while holding breath, getting in and out of pool, and some floating. If we didn't own a pool I would probably sign up for a class to get him in the water more than just bathtime. DS1 started swimming (under water and strokes) 2 months before his 3rd birthday. We did swim lesson with the DH of a teacher friend and he was doing laps after like a week. He'd had a lot of prior pool/water experience before that though and could alread hold his breath, float, and exit pool though. This summer he will turn 7 and there is no way in the world I would let him into our pool area without an adult even though he is a great swimmer and has been doing it for 4 years. We have a 5 foot fence with a pad lock and an alarmed window around the entrance points of our pool just because we are that cautious.

I do think early pool/large body of water exposure at an early age is important so that it doesn't create later fear when you do plan on starting lessons. Its not so much the actual lessons at this age for me but the exposure and experience. I taught swim for so many years and there were some kids that were so afraid of the water because they'd never been in or around it before. To me the fear and panic that comes with water leads to more issues in an emergency. I think understanding and respect for the powerfulness that large bodies of water hold is more important knowledge.

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pro swimming here. he likes the water and last year he liked being in my dad's pool. Like Mona said they have lessons here for as young as 3 months old but you need to get in with them (obviously :P) I was planning on signing him up in the spring and getting in there with him. He is still too young to "swim" but it will be activities in there with him to get him comfortable with water which he already is in the first place. I think starting young is important