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    Jackie Guest

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    The other states should really learn from NT, that is just such a great idea.
    I just hate when they show the drowning statistics, so many of them can be avoided, unfortunately not all


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    I've been taking Emily since she was 6mo, so about 10.5 months. She loves it!! Only thing is she gets used to the warmer water and when I take her to the pool here, which isn't heated, she is reluctant to get in. Also she has gotten to that age where she just want's to swim with either me or her Dad, and has a little sook when the instructor takes her. But she'll get over it.
    She actually likes going under the water, which is cute, 'cause when she comes up from under the water she has a big smile on her face.

    Tanya

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    I took the twins when they were 6 mths, but kept getting ear infections. Left it until they were 2 they are 6 and still having lessons. Little one went for a splash whilst big ones had lesson. She has no fear and loves the water, So now has lessons Since 12 mths coz she just runs into the deep pool, and doesn't even panic. Loves them, flirts with the swimming teacher!!

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    I started Claire when she was 18 months old. It goes by the term which lasts 10 weeks and its $11 a lesson. The instructor is fantastic with the kids and its at her house which is indoor with a heated pool. She only allows 4 kids to class which makes it very fair on the littlys. The class runs for 1/2 hour to which is fine by DD. She has a good sleep on the way home.
    It may be costly but i dont care. I think its important that she know how to swim. We dont live near water (yet) but you cant avoid it.
    She is doing so well with it, being nearly 2 she's had a good go. I will certainly keep going with it till she can save herself.

    kerrie

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    I've just booked Yasin in to start swimming lessons with a swim australia center \/. They take them from 6 months on and the new term starts the week he turns 6 months .
    What do they usually do at baby swim lessons? I'm assuming that I'll have to jump in with him. I'm anticipating a few funny looks because my swimsuit makes me look a bit like an alien.
    Because I wanted a saturday morning so DH can come along they've put us in a group with mainly two year olds. Will it be a problem that he's at a really differant developmental stage?

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    Basically with Matilda swimming was learning to put their heads under and learning to be comfortable with floating and using their arms & legs in the water. And the age group she was in was up to 15 months and the next level up the only difference was using "arms" so instead of them just falling into the water they were lifting their arms up and diving in iykwim? They also were just a bit better at everything but were doing really similar stuff. So he should be fine

    And I wouldn't worry too much about what you wear, I wore a t-shirt and shorts as did another mum, one dad wore speedos and one other mum always wore a bikini...LOL so it was up to us what to wear... no one said anything different to us O

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    We started swimming lessons with Hudson at the start of this term when he was 6 months old. Basically you just get in the pool with them and sing songs while doing a range of different things. We lay the babies on our chest/shoulder, front facing and back facing and get them to kick their legs as we move through the water, teach them to hold their breath as we dip them under the water (I think this is a reflex at this age), and after a few lessons we put floaties on them and slowly teach them to kick themself around in the water to get to toys etc. Some babies get the hang of it quicker than others in our group, but they all have fun and splash around a lot. I know it is the one thing guaranteed to have Hudson happy the whole way through the class, and then asleep for a good hour or more afterwards (YAY!). We will definately be doing it again next term.

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    Dp and FIL have been teaching Nick in the ILS pool since he was 3 months and he absolutley loves it.
    He starts his proffesional lessons in June, so he will be 2 1/2, but he can already swim fine with floaties on and loves going under water and jumping in.

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