Swimming for kids:February 4th, 2013 | Posted by in Uncategorized
I am a mother of two girls and a strong believer of teaching kids how to swim. I was invited to write a guest post for Aqua Swimsuits on swimming for kids. So here is my input-
I have a 11 year old and a 7 year old daughter. My 11 year old, Kate, had trouble (due to some childhood problems) doing team sports or even lone sports such as tennis (due to an inherited weak wrist) or running. She even took a lot more time then the average kid in learning how to ride a bike.
Finally, wanting her to do some sport, i enrolled her in Karate, which, Thank God, she has been doing for the last 5 years now. When she was 6 or 7 years old, she wanted to do competitive sports like her friends Laila and Zach. Fearing for Kate’s health and being extra worried, I did not want her to go for Karate tournaments (too violent).
We tried more individual sports like skating, skiing, even something like chess (even i don’t know how to play it). Nothing worked. Finally Kate expressed an interest in swimming. I swim myself but never took Kate. I live in NJ and 6 months the weather is not exactly outdoorsy. For indoor pools, i feared the allergies and germs, as Kate used to get very sick as a child.
But seeing that Kate was losing confidence and after consulting with her pedia, i took her to a YMCA pool where i tried to teach her basics of swimming. Well the first lesson was a disaster, she spent the entire time playing around. After a couple of such sessions, i enrolled her in group swimming lessons. After 6 months and hundreds of dollars spent, Kate still had not learnt how to swim. Though on the positive side, she had outgrown her childhood allergies.
I had nearly given up but then someone gave me the idea of private lessons. $35 for half an hour? Really! but then i thought my child deserves the best in the world, so i gave it one more shot and enrolled, now, my 8 year old in private lessons for 8 sessions. Almost immediately she began to show an improvement. and after the end of 8 sessions and hundreds of dollars spent, my daughter, Kate could do freestyle laps across the pool. Me and my husband recorded our proud moment on the video camera.
Now our daughter does an hour long session in the pool every week and is extremely strong, tall and very fit. She even joined the swim team for a year and I shared Kate’s joy, when she received a medal for her efforts. Though she later quit as she thought the swim team was too much pressure. But we achieved what we set out to do.
I enrolled my 7 yeard old, Jasmine, in group swim lessons and she can do half lapses now. It took her almost a year to learn this much but now we have learned patience and are awaiting the day when boths sister will do full lapse together.
My suggestion to all moms- give swimming a try, do not give up, try different methods of swimming.
During her swimming days we bought Kate’s swimsuits from Aqua Swimsuits. Here are the swimsuits she liked best:
This Speedo girls swimsuit is the closest one to the one Kate wore when she first started taking swimming lessons. Extremely durable, non color losing, this swimsuit lasted her for about a year with regular weekly lessons. I always prefer Speedo swimsuits for my kids- cheap, stylish, durable.
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