Learning to swim should be a relaxing and enjoyable experience for kids. However during different developmental times babies become unsettled.
There are a number of reasons kids become fussy in the pool.
* Developmental Leap
* Having a bad day
* Feeling out of control
During these times it is our natural instinct to take the kids out of the water, but this actually can do more harm than good. Kids start to learn that if they cry they will be taken out of the water and this can send their progress backwards as well as making the next lesson harder.
It is always best to make sure kids are ready for their swim lesson before coming to the pool – Fed over an hour before coming in, well rested and dressed appropriately – if they are cold bubs, a wetsuit will make all the difference.
Sometimes moving out of the class area and playing quietly on the side with some toys can be enough to bring kids round. Ask your teacher for some toys and feel free to have a play until your child shows interest in the class again – often the singing and laughing of other kids is enough to engage them again
Some kids don’t love going under – this can put parents off bringing them to class. But it is not a cause for a concern. In fact just taking lessons at the childs’ pace (reducing under water swims for a while) rather than ours gives them a small sense of control and you quickly find them enjoying classes again.
We understand that some times kids are unsettled and cry and we know it can be a challenging time for parents to push through with their kids, but we are there to support you and your kids to ensure that they end up loving their lessons and the water!