Parenting Questions Answered - Swimming

I found out a few years ago that my mom is terrified of the water. She can swim a little, but not very well. When they pur our pool in several years ago, she got one that wasn't TOO deep and had a ridge all the way around just in case she needed to save one of us. My brother, sister, and I all learned to swim when we were really young. She never wanted us to know that she was scared of the water and wanted us to learn to love it.



Evan will be 3 in August and I want him to learn how to swim soon. None of us took any swim lessons and I taught my baby sister how to swim. I started working with him last summer and he wasn't afraid to put his head under and he learned to kick himself around the pool with those arm floats on. He loves the water again this summer and I hope to have him swimming by the end of the summer.

Do you know how to swim? How old were you when you learned? Can your kids swim? How did they learn?


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17 comments:

erin, maker of chimes said...

Yes, in fact one of the requirements for graduation from college was to pass a swim test!
My first swim lessons were when I was an infant. Not that I remember them, but I've been told about being taken to the infant drown proofing classes before I could walk (maybe crawl?). I later took swim classes at a local pool and perfected those skills with the help of cousins at their family pools. Our first little one will be here in less than a month, and since we don't have family with a pool I'm going to have to look into other options next summer!

S Club Mama said...

I can keep myself afloat. I'd like to learn, though.

Ally said...

I can kinda swim. But I need to be able to touch the bottom while standing up to be comfortable in the pool. My dd loves the pool and dh was a varsity swimmer. We started going to waterbabies when dd was a little over 6 months. We are in parent & tot 2 now and she's more comfortable exploring on her own. We even go in the deep end and she was jumping off the diving board.

Tara said...

My Mom was a lifeguard when she was younger, so we all learned to swim at a very young age! I have always loved swimming and I hope my son will enjoy it too! I'm taking him in the pool for the first time in a few weeks...Got the swim diapers ready and everything. We'll see if he loves it!

Krista said...

My family is HUGE in the pool. We go every day in the summer and about once a week in the winter. Each of my babies has had his first dip in the pool around 6 weeks (they are all summer babies) and have made regular trips ever since. My almost 8 year old is a good swimmer, on the swimming team and is fairly self sufficient in the pool (Not that I would leave him alone or anything). My almost 4 year old is a strong enough swimmer to jump off of the diving board by himself (He started that last year.) The 10 month old isn't swimming by himself yet, but loves the water and can lie on his belly and kick.

None of our had formal "learn to swim" lessons, just lessons to improve their stroke. For us the key has been lots and lots of exposure to the pool.

Life Is A SandCastle said...

My mom is scared to death of water too. She almost drowned when she was a child and when I was small she would go into panic attacks, but I did get to learn when my dad would go swimming.

She could see me at the water park and let me say she got over her water fear to find her child:) but the look on her face was terrible.

Candy said...

I can swim, I taught myself at age 8 since nobody would help me. Or should I say I took my arm floats off and did what my brothers told me and I could float. I can dog paddle and do all the strokes but my stamina stinks. My kids cannot swim and we are getting a 48" above ground pool here in a couple weeks. they will all have floats and supervision but I am teaching my soon to be teen how to float and doggy paddle. He will know. I am doing the same for my daughter too. The toddler is staying in a float or someones hands for a while yet :)

Olivia said...

I remember my uncle throwing one of my swimmies in the pool when I was 2 and saying, "You've still got one on; just go out and get the other one." Everyone was watching, so I had to try, and I did it! Good memories. : )
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Barely Domestic Mama said...

My mother is also terrified of water. The best thing she did was put my sister and I in swim classes so that we would not fear the water like she does. I was 6 years old and my sister was almost 5 when we started swim classes. The hubby and I are hoping to start our 3 year old in swim classes in the near future.

Heather M said...

I can not swim. Never learned. My dad tried to drown me when I was little and up until I was 19 (last year) I was afraid of water in my face.

My daughter is 3 and she doesn't know how to swim. Heck She's never even been in a pool. But I do want her to swim and daddy is an ex Navy Seal so I'm sure she'll learn :)

Marvelous Mommy said...

I was swimming and on a swim team when I was old enough to stay afloat. My daughter is only 7 months old but I have already set up a baby pool for her and plan on teaching her myself at a young age!

Natalie A. said...

I never had swimming lessons. I just learned how to swim myself or I was told how to. I think it's great for kid's to learn how to swim! Have a great night!

Tim and Richelle said...

i grew up on a swim team and swam competitively in college. i've also taught swim lessons most of my adult life,\; up to this point, i've taught 6 of my 8 children how to swim.

the hardest part of being a swim instructor and teaching your own kids is giving them the space to learn to love swimming in their own time, not mine.

Kelli @ RTSM said...

I took swimming lesson as a kid, and I think I was swimming on my own when I was 4 or 5. My boys have not taken lessons, but they are pretty good just from swimming in my mom's pool. I think we may do lessons this summer though.

lfhpueblo said...

No, I don't know how to swim. I had chronic ear infections as a child and even mastoiditis. The little bones in the inner ear are weak from all the past infections. I wasn't allowed by my Doctor to take the mandatory swim classes in high school. He said the water pressure would cause my very scarred eardrums to rupture and maybe even break some of the thinned bone structures in the inner ear.

bruinmomma said...

I do know how to swim. My older DD will be three in June and is starting swim lessons this summer. I hope I can sneak away with DD#2 who will be two in January so I can just get her used to the water.
I used to take diving lessons when I was like 5 or 6 and I LOVED it. I remember working on "waterfalls" off the diving board where you do a backbend and look, look, look for the blue water and then just let go and fall in for a back dive. So fun!

Anonymous said...

I know how to move around and am comfortable in the water but it's not especially pretty ! My daughter is learning to swim, but doesn't like water in her ears so putting her head under is still a problem. Friends have told me that their kids were afraid to swim until one magic summer when they were tall enough to feel comfortable standing on their own in the shallow end of the pool - then, when they could duck their own heads under their own control, it became easy! I'm still hoping.. : ) belauvibes (at) yahoo (dot) com

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