Alice started her swim lessons at Goldfish last week. And she didn’t cry at all! I did not expect her to be tear free, but I guess all the tubs with her crazy big brother and sister have helped her feel comfortable in the water…and being splashed. If you’ve been around my blog or follow me on instagram, you know that we aren’t new to Goldfish Swim School, but Alice is new to her lessons. So, I wanted to give a little rundown of what you can expect for your baby’s swim first lesson at Goldfish Swim School.
First, know that you are getting in the water with baby. It may be a given, but I thought I’d mention it. I go with my suit under my clothes, and then change Alice there. Goldfish has a great little baby changing area, complete with bumbo seat, diapers, and wipes, so you can get baby changed into her suit when you arrive. Don’t forget the reusable swim diaper–it’s a requirement–but if you did, you can purchase one there. The water is super warm, 90 degrees, so you don’t have to worry about baby being cold.
Once you’re in the water with baby, there’s time for her to get acquainted with the water. I let Alice splash around a little before the instructor started class. The instructor sings the welcome song and you get started.
We were the only first timers in class, and Alice was the only infant, so the instructor took the time to explain things to us. She uses a baby doll to demonstrate how to do the different swim and safety skills. One of the skills infants learn is holding their breathe under water, but for the very first lesson, the instructor had me just pour water on Alice’s head to get her used to water being on her face. She said we’ll probably do that for the first couple classes before we have her go under. Then when we practiced gliding, we only dipped her in to her chin.
For the sea otter floats, Alice didn’t even get tense and try to sit up when I rested her head on my shoulder. She was super calm and relaxed. I think that starting her so early, at 6 months is going to be super beneficial for her. Goldfish Swim School starts infant lessons at 4 months, but with our schedule we decided not to start until 6 months. I’m so excited to see how she develops her skills starting lessons so early, versus Emaline who started them at 2.5.
There were a couple other drills that I had to adapt to Alice, but the instructor was really good about explaining to me how I should be doing it with Alice. Since Alice was the youngest in her class, the others were probably 12-24 months, she was a little too young for the fun slide activity. But lucky for her, she got to play on the duck mat all by herself, and she LOVED it!
The infant swim lessons is really a fun and gentle way to introduce baby to the water. It’s such a great way to bond with baby, too. I think I’ll let daddy do the next few lessons…because I get plenty of bonding time with Alice when she’s up at 2:00 am.
Do you have your infant in swim lessons? Is there anything you wish you knew before starting? Let me know in the comments!