Your baby starts their journey with Aquatots somewhere between 8 weeks and 18 months old and they begin at our Duckling level. We want you and your child to really enjoy your weekly lesson. We strive to make each session varied, interesting yet informative and most importantly productive! During the first term with us we are going to be teaching you and your baby 28 exercises – this is why our courses are not a “drop in”. We need the structure of the course especially in this important Duckling level, to teach your child the abilities they will need to continue on to learn the skills to save their own life and then later in swimming widths and then lengths of the pool. By the end of the Duckling course your baby will have done at least 5 submersions in one lesson. They will be using their instincts and Mammalian Dive Reflex under the water to build confidence levels and learning new skills above water that will help them with exercises in later levels as well as out of the water i.e ‘holding on’. The Duckling level is such an important starter point and we do encourage the same person to take baby swimming throughout this course as it is as much about the parent/guardian learning as the child!
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!
Lynn is an Aquatots Mum, she has been bringing her 10 month old daughter Libby to lessons for five months and is progressing up the levels as expected but Lynn is no ordinary Mum, she is registered disabled. Lynn has a mixture of orthopaedic conditions, the main conditions are bilateral acetabular and femoral dysplasia which means her hip sockets and femurs didn’t develop properly as she was growing. She also have scoliosis which is a curvature of the spine and some disk degeneration.
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.
We have recently seen some stories regarding dry or secondary drowning on social media sites that understandably may make you hesitant about taking your baby swimming if you do not know all the facts so here we are setting the record straight.
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!
We think it is, actually maybe it is easier when you have a smaller committed team.
What is eczema?
Eczema (also known as dermatitis) is highly individual in its nature and affects 1 in 5 children in the UK. It varies from person to person, comes in many different forms and is not contagious.
Skin provides a strong, effective barrier that protects the body from infection or irritation – it is made up of a thin outer layer, a fairly elastic one in the middle, and a fatty layer at the deepest level. Each layer contains skin cells, water and fats, all of which help maintain and protect the condition of the skin. Healthy skin cells are plumped up with water, forming a protective barrier against damage and infection, fats and oils help to keep the water in.
It is not easy avoiding bugs especially at this time of year, most winter viruses are airborne so it does not take much to pick up a cold but there are a few tips to help fend off those pesky germs!