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Private Swimming Lessons for Babies in Sydney

Private Swimming Lessons for Babies in Sydney

Private Swimming Lessons for Babies (Infants and Toddlers) in Sydney (6 months to 3 years)

Private swimming lessons for babies (infants and toddlers) in Sydney should not be considered as a luxury. According to a statement issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics, swimming lessons are recommended for toddlers, aged between one and three years.

Indeed, early swimming instructions could be a deciding factor towards the prevention of possible accidents. The Royal Life Saving National Drowning Report in 2017 shows that drowning of children under five years old increased by 32 % last year, giving the parents cause for alarm.

It is also worth noting that swimming pools with much noise could frighten your babies. Consequently, private swimming lessons in your own swimming pool are strongly recommended.

When to Start Private Swimming Lessons for Your Baby

There is a sense of hesitation among parents, when thinking when to start swimming lessons for their babies. Some of them argue that there is more risk in beginning very early lessons while others believe that the earlier an infant starts with swimming lessons, the better. As in every case, the experts' argument is the more valid one.

AUSTSWIM recommends that the age of six months is the most common for infants and toddlers to begin swimming lessons.

Safety is, of course, the most important reason for parents to enrol their babies in early swimming teaching courses. It is a totally reasonable mode of thinking, since is not easy for parents to supervise their children properly all the time, when being in water environment.

So, what is the best way to be carefree? Obviously, to make sure that your baby has the necessary skills to overcome any possible problems: Holding their breath underwater, and floating and rolling to a face up position from a face down position. Those skills can be taught through the basic training program that can be applied between the ages of 6 to 12 months old and could be lifesaving in the case of an infant falling into a pool.

Preparing your baby for their first swimming experience, is a "task" which you as a parent can easily accomplish. How? By simply using the bath! This is, indeed, the best way to start acclimatising the babies to water.

A comfortable and safe environment is all they need to start practicing floating, while having fun at the same time. Of course, at such young ages, nothing can substitute the parent's attendance when the babies are swimming. But it is also a great truth, that early learning of the basic swimming skills such as controlling the breath underwater, learning to float, and knowing how to be safe in the water could be a lifesaving factor.

Objectives of Private Swimming Lessons for Babies in Sydney

Nereids' private swimming lessons for infants and toddlers in Sydney cover the ages between 6 months and 36 months old. The core objectives that are met upon completion of the babies swim program are the following:

  • Expanding the learning capacity of the babies in a positive way
  • Instructing them how to develop independence in movements in aquatic environments
  • Teaching them how to sufficiently control their breath
  • Teaching them how to move their bodies in water
  • Showing them how to float
  • Making them able to use their body to move forward
  • Teaching them how to gently step in water

It shall be highlighted that throughout the whole process of the private swimming lessons for infants and toddlers in Sydney, the parents can participate so that they can develop stronger bonds with their children in water.

Structure of Swimming Lesson for Babies in Sydney

In Nereids, we have developed a distinctive swimming lessons program for babies. It is the Nereids Aquatic Coaching Doris™ program that is structured to provide your babies with all the swimming skills needed to enhance safety and confidence.

Doris Level 1 (infants 6 to 12 months old)

Lesson Structure

Doris Level 1 is appealing to our infant students. This is the first stage of swim lessons in the life of young humans and can have a great impact to the future life of the infant. At such young ages, the first priority is to familiarise the infants with water and provide them with a sense of comfort.

This early acclimation to water involves the following:

  • Gentle water familiarisation
  • Having fun through playful nursery songs and rhymes such as Humpty Dumpty
  • Assisted climbing in and out of the pool
  • Introduction to breathing control techniques
  • Introduction to paddling and kicking basics
  • Sitting on the edge of the pool

Objectives

Familiarisation with water at such a young age can produce very positive results regarding the future development of the infants. It is a well-known fact, the youngest a person starts lessons on any subject, the higher the possibilities that he/she becomes greatly familiar with that subject when growing up. Based on the above principle, the objectives of Doris Level 1 are definitely clear:

  • Acceptance of water
  • Enhance confidence
  • Early use of breathing control up to 5 seconds
  • Float on the back with support
  • Being comfortable with the sense of water on the infant's face
  • Early learning of the proper use of hands and legs within water
  • Basics of water mobility

Doris Level 2 (toddlers 12 to 24 months old)

Lesson Structure

This stage of life is also greatly influential for the toddlers. Of course, they have not yet developed the motor skills required for being a complete swimmer, but they can still acquire a number of basic swimming skills.

Furthermore, research shows that children who start swimming lessons at that young age develop better cognitive and motor abilities than those who don't. In addition, children begin to develop their self-awareness during this period of their lives.

The Doris level 2 swimming lessons program includes:

  • Water familiarisation
  • Assisted climbing in and out of the pool
  • Basic submerging
  • Breath control improvement
  • Having fun through games and playful nursery songs and rhymes such as Humpty Dumpty
  • Enhancing mobility and buoyancy with support

Objectives

In Nereids we strongly believe in the importance of continuity. Our training program has specific objectives for each stage and, at the same time, aims at our very young students to pass smoothly to the next stage.

Doris Level 2 may be just the second stage of the toddlers' early swimming lessons, however it functions as the bridging course for the more advanced Doris Level 3. The objectives of Doris Level 2 can be summarised to the following:

  • Building confidence
  • Early development of mobility skills
  • Holding breath for up to 5 seconds
  • Gradual improvement of kicking legs and moving arms in the water

Doris Level 3 (toddlers 12 to 36 months old)

Lesson Structure

As mentioned before, this is a more advanced babies swimming lessons program and toddlers who have passed the previous levels can upgrade their, already acquired, skills. But even for the babies who start swimming lessons from this level, it can be very beneficial. Doris Level 3 lessons include:

  • Use of kicking, floating and paddling techniques for developing buoyancy and mobility skills
  • Proper use of arms for swimming
  • Extended breath control
  • Floating with little support
  • Techniques of swimming when submerging
  • Heaps of fun through games and playful nursery songs and rhymes such as Humpty Dumpty

Objectives

Swimming lessons in this age group are a bit more advanced, teaching the children how to swim by themselves for the first time. This way, we help them to reinforce their confidence, improve their stamina, build endurance and strengthen their muscles.

Being well aware of the unique personality and the different pace of learning of each of our young student, we pay special attention to reinforcing their confidence and aiding them in improving their swimming skills, in a very relaxed manner.

Doris Level 3 teaches your baby the following:

  • Wall crawl
  • Jumping into the pool
  • Floating on the back with limited support
  • Basic independent mobility
  • Extended breath control
  • Continuous and strong kicking that can assist swimming up to 1 meter

Doris Level 4 (toddlers 24 to 36 months old)

Lesson Structure

This is the most advanced level of Nereids' babies swimming lessons program. Doris Level 4 develops even further the swimming skills of the toddlers who have attended the previous level courses. For our young students who begin their swimming courses from this stage, we have planned a swimming lesson structure which includes all the basic skills they need to acquire in order to catch up with the babies that have attended the previous stages.

Upon completion of the Doris Level 4 swimming lessons program, our young students will have learned:

  • How to swim independently up to 3 meters
  • More advanced techniques of paddling and kicking
  • How to further develop their buoyancy skills
  • How to hold their breath underwater for up to 10 seconds
  • Heaps of fun through games and playful nursery songs and rhymes such as Humpty Dumpty

Objectives

This is the last stage of Nereids' babies swimming lessons program. The course is specifically structured for preparing the children to swim perfectly safe and laying the foundations for the smooth transition to the more advanced pre-school training program.

We teach our young students simple techniques, expand their knowledge and make them feel comfortable and safe in the water.

Doris Level 4 includes:

  • Jumping from side of the pool and return back safely
  • Supported kicking on back and front
  • Submerging the face in the water with open eyes
  • Moving confidently through the water for 3 meters
  • Extended breath control up to 10 seconds

Most of all, we never neglect the fun factor. We have a lot of fun with the kids during all of our swimming lessons and create an atmosphere of security and joy.

What to Take to the Pool for Your Private Swimming Lessons

As every sport, swimming demands a number of equipment that parents need to be aware of. The "essentials list" includes the following:

  • A towel preferably with hoody
  • Swim nappies for babies
  • Your baby's nappy bag
  • Snacks or other food in case they become hungry

Nereids' swim teachers will bring various toys in order to deliver a playful lesson for your babies. However, if your baby has his or her own favourite toys it would be recommended to carry them with you during the lessons.

How to Make Swimming for Babies a Fun Experience

The Nereids Aquatic Coaching Doris™ swimming lessons program for babies allows parents to be present during the course of teaching. Therefore, parents have a role to play throughout the whole teaching process in order to make it a fun experience for their babies. Here are some tips:

  • Bring with you the toys your babies' love to play when they are in the bath of your home
  • Make sure that they are not hungry, but at the same time not having a full stomach. Normally, it would be adequate to eat three hours before the swimming lessons. In any case, as mentioned before, bringing a snack with you would be the best option
  • Be positive, encourage and praise them
  • Be the role model while being together in the bath tab. For example, show to your child how to hold the breath under water and teach basic blowing of bubbles while making sure they don't inhale water.

How to Keep Your Babies Safe in the Water

Keeping your babies safe when swimming is the top priority of all. In order to achieve that, there are some things to remember:

  • Always keep an eye on your baby when being in the pool
  • Check the pool temperature to be warm enough for your baby
  • Be sure that chlorine is not a negative factor for your children if they have sensitive skin. Always ask your doctor for such issues
  • Ensure the safety of the home pool. By law, all pools must be fenced, so make sure that there are not any safety issues
  • Avoid leaving any toys in the pool after the end of the swimming lessons
  • Learn CPR and First Aid techniques. It can be life saving

Water safety for the children is a never-ending process. Knowing what to do when your children are in the pool, prevents any accidents and allows all parents to monitor the baby's development in the water from a physical, social and emotional perspective.

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