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Old 06-28-2011
haschu33 haschu33 is offline
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This is slightly off topic, but...

I was one of those children that local instructors had not managed to get in the water. I learned to swim when my mother, father and I spend a weeks vacation on a North Sea island. Later, when I was 6, I joined the local swim club and swam competitive for 15 years. Have been swimming and scuba diving for fun since.

So I guess showing the kid that it's possible to have fun in water would be my priority.
This is completely off-topic. 'Fisch' and 'Elfe' - what a combination ;-)

Amazing that you can learn how to swim in salty water.
(BTW, Amrum is my favorite.)
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Old 06-28-2011
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All good comments - thank you all. For me, coercion is never a good option, and that includes the smallest among us. Fortunately, my daughter heeded the advice, and they are now planning on more water play and less worry about "lessons".
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Old 02-14-2017
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Yes! I have let my children enrol for baby swimming lessons early. They like to play with water. Babies tend to have no fear at young age. I think now is too late for me to learn swimming now...
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Old 02-14-2017
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All good comments - thank you all. For me, coercion is never a good option, and that includes the smallest among us. Fortunately, my daughter heeded the advice, and they are now planning on more water play and less worry about "lessons".
I actually think that a good tool for getting kids used to the water is a bathtub with an overhead shower nozzle. Here are some steps you can try:

1) Get them used to having part of their body underwater (you can make the water as shallow as necessary to get them in and increase it from there).

2) Turn on the overhead nozzle and get them used to the feeling of water running over their head and face.

3) Have them hold a straw in their mouth and use it to blow bubbles in the water.

4) Have them put their mouth under water and blow bubbles that way.

5) Work them up to holding their breath, putting their mouth and nose underwater, and then blowing bubbles as they surface.

6) Have repeat the previous step, but put their entire head underwater. If they don't like putting their eyes underwater, you can either have them close their eyes or wear goggles.

The advantages to using a bathtub are that (a) the child is likely to regard it as a safer environment, and (b) it's easier to make the water temperature comfortable for them.

Let us know how things go!


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