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Right Age for Swimming

Discussion in 'Toddlers' started by Honeytha, Sep 23, 2007.

  1. Honeytha

    Honeytha Senior IL'ite

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    Hi Friends,

    I would like to know which is the correct age for the Child to make them join in the swimming class. Near my place they r taking children around 2 years. But i would like to know exactly what is the correct age.

    Ideas and experience r welcome!!!!!!
     
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  2. Honeytha

    Honeytha Senior IL'ite

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    Friends,

    Any idea about my doubt? Can any one clarify me?



     
  3. sunitha

    sunitha Gold IL'ite

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    Hi Anitha

    I would say 2 is too young,but here in the U.S.,you find even 6 month old learning swimming.It all depends on the child. If the child is not scared of water and loves to swim,then you can try.I tried to take my son for swimming when he was 3 1/2 years.We went for almost 1 1/2 months for swimming lessons.But he was just not comfortable in water.So we had to drop the idea.:cry:
     
  4. Honeytha

    Honeytha Senior IL'ite

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    Hi Sunitha,

    Thank u so much for sharing ur experience. Let me c what my kid will do. I am thinking for making u to join the class by 2 1/2 years
     
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    balamotwani Bronze IL'ite

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    Hi Anitha,

    I have a 3 yr old daughter. I was worrying about the same thing when i made her join a day care when she was 2.5 yrs, they were teaching in that play school even for small babies.

    I always follow a book called "What to expect when you are expecting" during pregnancies and another one for my kid " what to expect in toddler years".

    According to my knowledge from different sources, you can start teaching swimming to your kid when he/she is 4 years old atleast. When they are very young they will not have the fear but there are chances of blood getting diluted. I dont know how far it is true. So i have seen some white kids swimming at 2.5. But i wasn't ready to send my kid.
     
  6. Honeytha

    Honeytha Senior IL'ite

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    Hai Balamotwani,

    Thanks for ur idea. can u just tell me about the book which u mentioned (what to expect in toddler years) and where can i get it? Please tell the author of that book also.
     
  7. Shanvy

    Shanvy IL Hall of Fame

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    hi anitha,

    If there is a baby pool then 2/3 is not a problem... but for the normal pool swimming than the age the height is the governing factor....

    my children have been going to swimming classes for the past 3 years and now they have it in school.
     
  8. Honeytha

    Honeytha Senior IL'ite

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    Hi Shanthi

    Thanks for ur info. They have a baby pool.
     
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    shobanaj Senior IL'ite

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    Anitha,

    2.5 years is the right age i believe. I have seen many kids less than 2 swimming here in US.

    Just try now and see, if he is not comfortable you can drop the idea and if it goes good, that will be nice.

    Thanks
    Shobana.
     
  10. Traveller

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    Here in Germany they offer swimming lessons for babies from 3 months. I'm also looking at different options. But i suppose baby swimming is more of movements in water. For children I have seen from 2.5 yrs (they have age-wise classes). I'm yet to take my boy for classes though. I think you go for some trial sessions and then decide, as Sunitha says, based on your child's interest. But they say babies are not afraid of water (as they swim in our womb) and as they grow up some may develop this fear.

    Latha
     

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