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Infant Swimming Lessons?

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  1. EandN

    EandN DI Member

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    My son turns 1 year old in a few days time and I want him to learn to swim asap. Does anybody know of any swimming instructors for babies? I heard Siliman has a pool and instructors but have no idea if this is correct or not. Any advice where I might find a tutor?
     
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    Are you really trying to tell us you can't swim yourself and you need a swimming instructor for a 1 year old Baby ?? I really think the world has become weird. But then again, reading news in the internet nothing surprises me anymore. On the other hand I would not have tought the craze has reached Dumaguete already.

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    TROLL much ??
     
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    Must admit I had the same thoughts. Why use a trainer when you can teach them yourself and its all part of parent child bonding too. Leave the trainer until later when you need to improve technique for proper swimming if you will, but please. do the initial reaching yourself.
     
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    EandN DI Member

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    I thought about teaching him myself but apart from just chucking him in I aint too sure how to go about it. Surely there must be someone with some sound advice? My main concern is spooking him, I didn't learn to swim until i was an adult so I know all about the fear of water, lol.
    Anyway, if anybody knows somebody in Duma that can teach a baby to swim please give me me a shout.
     
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    You get in with thechild and introduce it to the water gently. Chucking it in as you put it is just a plain no no!
     
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    your reply was thoughtful, but "that guy" was berating this man for making sure his child was safe and properly trained... big difference
     
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    Agree! I am from Australia where it is usual to start swimming lessons as soon as possible. Often parent and baby classes (given by a trained instructor). In almost 60 years of living in Australia (and having a wide circle of friends) I went to one funeral of a drowned child - let me tell you attending a child's funeral is one of the worst experiences ever. Living here for just less than 5 years (and having a narrow circle of friends) I have been to (or know the parents of) 4 children who have drowned. Kids are not generally given "learn to swim" classes here - in a country where, by definition you live on an island and therefore have water all around. It makes no sense to me and I applaud anyone trying to make a difference to this.

    I used to swim at Aqua Swimming Pool each morning and there were a number of teachers there usually teaching the older kids about stroke correction but I am sure if you asked the receptionist/cashier at the beginning she could give you some telephone numbers to try. These teachers were trained but whether that training extended to infant child safety - I do not know. I never saw infants being trained but agree you should make every effort to get your child water safe. If you do find a solution please OP would you inform the forum as others may now or later be looking for the same solution.
     
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    When I met my Asawa she was a Nanny in Canada and a very reliable responsible one at that. I mentioned this thread and as it turns out she has taught 3 children from a very early start point to swim. I retired her at 54 years of age so am not offering up assistance other than to perhaps suggest what the majority of (do gooders) do back in Western culture that afford a great Nanny (and or care-giver) they set up an inflatable pool and let the child bob around. Swimming is generally a natural intrinsic ability. I submit you post an add for a Nanny part time 3x's a week for 5 months minimum that has at least 10 years experience with references and all will be accomplished. No need for a swimming instructor to lay out the back-stroke or butterfly to such a young child. Best regards
     
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    I did much the same. Started my daughter in a small inflatable splash pool at 3 or 4 months old. Worked up to flotation jacket in the kids pool at Bambulo when she was around 16 months old and simply supported her under her belly and let her thrash around. Slow easy progress - play rather than instruction. Now, at just under 5 years of age she is like a fish. Can swim on the surface or under water with total confidence. Nevertheless I am always right beside her just to be sure. But the key is enjoyment and fun IMHO. Then she will be motivated to learn!
     
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