When I was little, I had swimming lessons. My parents insisted that we all go to the local swimming pool and work our way through their lesson programme – first earning our 5 metre swim badge, then moving up to 10 metres, 25 metres, 50 metres, and right up to the one where you have to jump in wearing pyjamas, then take them off. I didn’t like it much, especially the jumping in part.
When I went to middle school at the age of 9, there was a 25-metre pool on the grounds, which the PE department delighted in forcing us into, in what felt like sub-zero conditions. Outdoor pools that are heated by solar panels don’t get very warm in this country. I remember being really surprised that out of a class of 30, fewer than half of us were able to swim well. I had thought all children were dragged to the local pool once a week!
As it happens, 57% of children aged 7-11 don’t know how to swim. I find that pretty scary, to be honest. Especially since these days, the National Curriculum requires schools to teach children to swim 25 metres confidently and using a range of strokes – so that they can swim to safety should the need arise.
Swimshop has offered two sets of arm bands and swimming float for a giveaway on my blog, as a part of their “Save A Live, Learn To Swim” campaign.
Oh I hated it. I got so worked up over jumping in I was physically sick, the teacher refused to let me use the stairs, so my mum eventually had to stop me going to lessons. I have my own child now, she's 3 and loves the pool. we're teaching her ourselves but she's fearless, loves jumping in. No holding back at all luckily! :)
I've just started to take my little bot he seems to enjoy it. Thismummylark recently posted...Pet peeve!
I was really lucky as I learnt to swim REALLY young as all my family were swimmers & my brother and me swam competitively, my daughter is just 3 and can swim - I think it's really important but think it has to be done gently and without expectations, I don't care if my daughter never gets the strokes right as long as she can get herself to the side of a pool & to safety!
My dad taught me. He took me every Sunday morning and when he wanted me to swim a width he said he'd buy me a My Little Pony if I swam across - I swam there and back and told him I needed two my little ponies ! Mummy Fever recently posted...Fitness for new mums
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I had swimming lessons as a kid- loved them and it's made me a really confident swimmer as an adult. We've been taking our tot to lessons since he was 6 months old. It's really important when we live in a hot country where lots of people have pools. Mama, My Kid Doesn't Poop Rainbows recently posted...Sugar-Free Diet Insanity
I nearly drowned aged 3 and was then scared of water for years, until a holiday in Portugal aged 7 where my grandad taught me to swim, once I could swim I didn't stop and ended up competing nationally as a swimmer - now I don't put pressure on my kids to learn to swim, I just want them to be happy and confident in the water, the swimming will come in there time x x Sadie recently posted...Pocket Money
I don't remember my own experience but have a 4 year old that I signed up for lessons when he was 3. Way to young. He didn't even get his foot wet. A man behind me was cracking up and said "I wonder who's kid that it?" I was like - "Helllooooo - he is mine". He has just started a crash course in swimming with his school - he is behind the rest of his class (he is the youngest) but I am sure with an extra bit of help and encouragement - he will be a star.
I LOVED learning to swim! I was the first in my group to get to 10 metres. I had a great swimming teacher and learnt at the local leisure centre but then when I went to school I had a really crap teacher and the pool we swam in was always freezing and pretty run down so I lost interest and was put off. Recently on holiday I did some swimming and remembered how much I enjoyed it, I'd love to start going a couple times a month.
I actually dont remember learning to swim - my parents took me swimming from when I was a baby and I have always been able to swim as far as I can remember. However, I do remember the torture that was swimming lessons in high school (my school had it's own swimming pool) boys and girls had swimming lessons separately but if you were unfortunate enough to have PE near the lunch time EVERYONE would see you in your swim suit - not something any teenage girl really wants :( Ellie Spider recently posted...+365 days 183 -