Have any of you done swim lessons?

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Have any of you done swim lessons?

I was curious how many of you have done swim lessons with your child(ren). What was your experience like? What are your future plans for lessons?

We started Jordan in lessons at the beginning of the summer and we have loved it. We go every Friday and we just started a new session that will continue to mid December. She has done even better than I ever anticipated. I had no idea a 16 month old could have such great breath control! Today she went under for about 6 seconds which is the longest yet. She can consistently do about 4 to 5 and I can see she is working her way toward more. If I mention swimming then she gets excited and is ready to put on her swimsuit ASAP. She will even bring me mine. Biggrin This morning she saw me packing her swimsuit for our lesson but she didn't think it was necessary to wait any longer.

My sister enrolled my 3 1/2 year old niece last week and it's been a whole different experience. It's been much more of a struggle to get her comfortable going under, etc. I don't know if it's purely because of her age or if she is just a little more timid in the water. It makes me glad that we have started Jordan at a young age but I know we will have to keep going to not loose all the progress we have made. Hopefully we will be able to do that.

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Alison will be starting her lessons shortly. We had meant to start at the beginning of summer but strange series of events prevented us from going! But Sept. 15th is the new start date. I can't wait.

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We started my DS at 3 1/2 and he has been a fish ever since. He was even on swim team at our pool this summer. As for the twins, I cannot enroll them yet. We only have parent/child lessons for their age, and with our schedule, I do not have another parent for one of the girls. Sad I would like to enroll them though. Sarafina is afraid of the water and needs to start now!

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We started Jackson at 8 months. He was the youngest inthe class but probably did the best since he was so young. We did them 2 summers through the city rec programs where we lived. Those were taught by high school senior types and although they were fun, the kids weren't very experienced. I enjoyed going to them to break the monotony of our day and tire Jackson out for naps. When we moved we did one summer swim lessons through the city rec and in February this year we started at an indoor year round place run by a former Olympic medal swimmer! His lessons are 1/2 hour once a week. I cannot even describe how awesome these lessons are. The teacher has gotten to know him since we go every week, and she challenges him. No joke, my almost three year old can swim across the pool (the long way) and is working on swimming on his back right now. They have these ribbon levels, and for his last ribbon he had to swim across the pool with taking 5 breaths, float on his back for ten seconds, jump in the pool, swim to a platform, turn around and swim back to the wall and climb out. I'm so amazed at how quickly our teacher has gotten him to do this and how much fun it is. I'm thinking we'll start Colby around the same age. I definitely agree that starting them early helps! Jackson can almost swim better than DH, who never had opportunities. DH started taking him to lessons after I had Colby (once Jackson turns 3 he goes to a class without a parent), and I'm glad DH is getting this experience with him. I can't wait to take Colby.

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We started when Evie was at 6 mths, more as an activity where it was just DH and Evie her alone for quality time together, b/c she tended to want me more if I was around.

She loves swimming and being in the water. She is such a fish! But...Evie is not a fan of putting her head underwater, so Jordan is doing really super duper well, Kayla!

We couldn't put her in swim lessons over the summer as they don't have weekend ones where we go), but we have taken her out to the swimming pool ourselves almost every week. Well, mostly DH does. Evie can almost do a backfloat by herself...I just use one hand to hold her back in the water (more just touching nowadays) as she initiates her backfloat.

We've already signed her up for fall lessons....we are ALL excited!

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We started Daphne last summer when she was 18 months...it was a nightmare. This summer we tried again and it was even worse. She actually loves the water, but our lesson experiences have been very bad. I think next summer we're going to bite the bullet and shell out for private lessons.

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How fun, Kayla! That's great she's so excited. Smile

They had swim lessons here this summer for 6 months+. It was only for 2 weeks (every day at 8am for an hour), and since I was gone home for a week of it we didn't do it. (Does that seem like odd timing for lessons to anyone else?!) I was not happy that there were no other opportunities here. I'm sure Aiden would have loved it. Hopefully next summer we'll be living someplace where we can do swim lessons!

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We haven't had Miles in any, we don't have anything near us for his age group. They do offer them in the summers at the lake, but they have to be 3 (or maybe it's 4?) to be in them.

That is so cute that Jordan gets so excited to go!

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M took some last summer/early fall and loved it. He had turned 1 in May. I need to get him signed up again! And sign M2 up as well if dh can go at the same time!

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We have not done lessons. I really want to, but there is amost nothing here on the weekends as far as lessons (what's up with that?), and I can't take them during the week because of the 1:1 ratio. We do try to go swimming as often as I can find an extra set of eyes to come with me. I took swim lesson my whole life, bust still don't feel super comfortable in the water. Expecially if the kiddos are in there. So I don't go alone.

Ava and Andrew both love the water. Andrew will go under with no issues, but Ava hates water in her face. Soon she can go to lesson on her own, then it will open up options a lot better for us.

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"alwayssmile" wrote:

How fun, Kayla! That's great she's so excited. Smile

They had swim lessons here this summer for 6 months+. It was only for 2 weeks (every day at 8am for an hour), and since I was gone home for a week of it we didn't do it. (Does that seem like odd timing for lessons to anyone else?!) I was not happy that there were no other opportunities here. I'm sure Aiden would have loved it. Hopefully next summer we'll be living someplace where we can do swim lessons!

It depends on the program. Here the Swim America program is every day or 4 days/week for 2-3 weeks depending on their schedule. I am not sure how anyone can do that schedule. We debated it for our DS, but it just seems impossible to me. How do you take a kid out everyday (at least my DS who is 7) every night after school. Crazy IMO.

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We started J in May (35 months) and our experience has been wonderful! He wasn't shy to get in the water, but he was a bit reserved to do some of the skills (jumping in, etc). Since then, he has grown so much and has graduated from the "parent and me" classes. We are now doing semi-private lessons.

I am going to wait to start T (although, he would LOVE it now!). We don't have a pool and I don't believe he would fully retain the skills if he weren't in the pool consistently at this point. I think we will start him in the "parent and me" classes next summer.

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Thanks for sharing everyone. I really hope that we have set some groundwork for Jordan being a strong swimmer. I am thinking that if we stop lessons at some point, even temporarily, I will get a membership to the Y so I can continue to get her in the water once a week or so. I want her to be able to enjoy swimming as much as I did growing up, as well as have the skill to keep her safe around water.