Before you attend your first lesson it is always a good idea to familiarise yourself with your venue especially if you are visiting a location for the first time. We do occasionally get calls from parents who have got lost on their way to class which can be extremely stressful – not the best start! You will have received a fact sheet about your pool, including full postal address, before you start your course.Continue reading
You’ve probably heard about the benefits of working out in water, it improves balance, increases flexibility and burns calories – but why is water-based exercise becoming so popular within pregnancy?Continue reading
You’ve booked your baby’s taster session and you are hoping to get the very most from your session. See how you can help prepare your child for their first swimming experience.Continue reading
You may have seen images of babies suspended by their necks in water by semi-solid or inflatable rings, the photographs generally display babies looking serene and relaxed, enjoying a so-called ‘Pampering Experience’. For as little as £2.49 you can purchase your baby an inflatable neck ring online and recreate a baby spa in your own bathroom! These products are sold as “Safety Aids” and “Unique Swim Gifts”, it is claimed that they “Exercise your baby’s strength and ability to grasp” and that they “Encourage early mobility, exploration & a love for water play” but in our opinion (and many other professionals) we believe this device is completely overlooking the real benefits of introducing young babies to water.
At Aquatots we pride ourselves in not only teaching babies and children how to swim but also giving them the skills to save their own lives (and during our higher levels the skills to save others!). Having these skills does reduce the risk of serious water related incidents BUT accidents happen especially to young children and we ask that you NEVER become complacent about the dangers, teach your children to respect water and always supervise them when they are around water.
Not every baby has it but if your child has gone through a swimming ‘Wobble’ stage then it will be etched in your memory, it is a period of time that required the three P’s – Patience, Perseverance and Practise!
Showering before jumping into water sounds a bit of a contradiction doesn’t it yet here at Aquatots we request you do it before every lesson.
Do any of these sound familiar?
- My tummy just isn’t the same since giving birth.
- I have cellulite
- I just need to go to the gym for a few months first
- I don’t want to get my hair wet
Throughout my life as a Mother and Swimming Instructor I’ve heard these reasons and many more countless times, they are the excuses used to not to get into a swimming pool. I’ve heard Mum’s say them with real pained expressions on their faces, they really, really don’t want to strip off down to a swimming costume and walk through the pool area half naked!