Norwood Swim School has become a part of my extended family since starting my son in its program when he was six months old (he is now almost four). It has been a very enjoyable journey, from those initial verses of the Grand Old Duke of York and If You’re Happy and You Know it – right up until we now enjoy watching him from the sidelines as he swims unassisted at the opposite end of the pool. More recently my one year old daughter, has become a Jellyfish and the fact she idolises her brother means she will no doubt aspire to follow his footsteps to becoming a Turtle!
We recognise and support the special bond that exists between parent and child. We therefore believe that parents make the best teachers for their young infant and when coupled with our professional guidance, allows the child's water confidence to develop in a safe and nurturing environment.
We promote a “go at your own pace” approach to our lessons. If a child is upset when they get in, the ultimate aim is to get them settled. Parents are under no obligation to complete any activity if the baby is upset, it is better to just take it slow and then rejoin the class once the child settles.
Babies and children all develop at a different pace, so it’s okay for your little one to take their time with the classes. Power struggles and regression are all part and parcel of a child’s physical, mental and emotional development. We are here to help guide and support you through this experience so that your child will gradually develop into a confident swimmer.
- Water awareness & confidence.
- Back floating: children are introduced to back floating while being supported by their parents.
- Submersion: this is introduced in our Jellyfish classes around the 3rd week of the program. The process starts by learning a verbal cue and getting the face wet, before going underwater.
- Water safety:
- Sit, Listen and Wait: this is a safety exercise used at the start of each lesson, to teach each child that they need to wait for parental permission to get into the water. This is introduced developmentally and age appropriately for each class level. Our goal is to help children be safer in and around the water.
- Teaching your child how to return to the mat or wall if they fall.