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Children attending other activities like ballet sometimes try to copy movements from those classes, eg. the tight, straight “ballerina legs” as opposed to the relaxed legs needed for swimming. We’re not saying you should stop these activities at all – just be aware that there may be some confusion!

Babies, toddlers and children attending the beginners programme, and are in the process of learning how to float, can take more time to learn if they are sitting in the bath at home as they may try to copy the same position at the pool. Some parents have had some success rectifying this by encouraging their child to lay down on their backs and look at the ceiling for bath time. This gets the child used to their ears being under the water as they would be while floating.

Children using scooters with only one leg may find that one leg is stronger than the other and they take more time to balance the strength of both legs. 

Children in our Intermediate Level need to master jumps into the water to move up to the next level. If the child doesn’t know how to jump on land, they will spend time of the lesson practising this skill. This is a developmental milestone usually reached at around 2 years old. You can also practise this at home to help things along!

Children in our Advanced Level need to master tumble turns to move up to the next level. If your child hasn’t experienced movements like this on land it may take more time to master the skill. You can practise forward and backward movements at home to help. 

Please avoid trying to accelerate your child’s progress teaching arm actions or other skills that the instructor isn’t yet working on. Please trust the Programme as jumping ahead before the child is ready can have a negative impact on the child’s progress. 

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