|Posted on October 21, 2012 at 10:25 PM|
Almost everywhere you go on the Coast there seems to be WATER, so we recommend that everyone should know how to swim.
As you are probably aware by now, I have two small boys, one has just turned 1 and the other is about to turn 3. Both of my children are Aussies and when I had my first son I was fully aware of the need to empower him with the knowledge of how to swim and how to be safe around water.
He started learning to swim at our local swim school and after about a year I removed him due to the overwhelming costs associated with lessons. It was not so much the actual cost (about $15.00 a lesson) but the rules that came along with make up lessons and the fact I forfeited six lessons because I hadn't used them before the end of the swimming term.
I have just placed him back into lessons due to a scary incident at the beach and although he is progressing well he seems to have forgotten a lot of what he learned in the first year. I suppose the moral of my story is that if you begin lessons to try and keep them up until you are satisfied that if your child fell into water or were out of their depth, they would know what to do to get out.
In my opinion, if you have to choose between the cost of swimming lessons and say play centre costs, take them swimming.
I'd like to say a massive thanks to our swim coach Miss Emma of Bubbles Swim School. Unfortunatly, she is super busy and spots with her are few and far between. In saying that, my recent experiences have inspired me to look more deeply into swimming safety and create a page for your information - so watch this space.