Teaching Infant and Preschool Aquatics is an australian swim program book, and I liked it much better then the YMCA teacher's instruction book.
She's only 2.5 years old. I definitely don't think the lessons were a waste of time at all! She loves them and she's practically swimming! I'm soooo glad I put her in them! My goal was not to get her to swim fully on her own, but that was just a bonus.
Certainly $50 well spent for 5 classes.
Here's the program we use: www.aqua-tots.com which stresses fun in the water, not fear of it.
My dh is a good swimmer and wanted to teach dd this summer to swim or at least to get started in that direction. Neither of us knew how to go about it though, as it should be taught in stages and the lessons should be appropriate to the age of the child. I was happy with the way the teacher related to dd, even squirt her with a bath toy and gave her a treat after the class. It was obvious that she enjoyed her job and enjoyed kids.
PS: We had THREE child drownings in a 24 hour period over the weekend. Adults should have been watching the kids better, but I also feel if those kids had taken the swim lessons that Abi took they might have been able to swim to a wall and climb out, or at least hang on until an adult could rescue them. One of the victim's fathers almost died too, because *he* couldn't swim and was trying to save his son. He's still in the hospital.
Our mom and tot classes start in a couple of weeks and I'm really hoping that they go well and are fun for DD. She still asks to go to the pool every day, so at least she wasn't completely traumatized by the experience.
And how sad about the children drowning . . .
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