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Starting To Swim

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-Welcome to Parents TV On Demand. A place for parents to learn, share and develop a healthy family together. Parents TV. Our families, our lives. -Usually, young babies have a divers reflex, which means if you blow in their face, they would actually hold their breath when they go onto the water. Some of them loose it at about 12 months. Some of them have it until 18, which is why we start them so early so that they're not afraid to go onto the water. Good. Children can learn basic technique like good new paddling and floating at the top level so the 18 to 36 months group. At that Age, we teach them how to roll over on their back and take a breath versus lifting their head up, because lifting their head up causes them to sink. So it's a more efficient way to do it. Most kids can't really put a proper technique strike together until they're about 4 or 5 years old. -I enrolled them in swim class when Katie was 8-months old and she loved it and, you know, she was very active at that point but she really dipped into the water and I think at that age, there's no fear. It's a lot of fun. So, when her brother came along, I enrolled him as well and they both love the water. I mean, this is the most important time in her whole week. She is so excited to come swimming and she hates to get off the pool. -It's very important to teach them how to swim because it is a survival skill and also the early you start, the less likely your child is will have fear of the water. Children were not born with fear of the water. It usually comes from their parents who are afraid of it or, you know, that experience. So, the early you start, the better. If your child is afraid of the water, it's usually the first reaction and to surprise, they're not [unk] was going on so they tend to demonstrate it by flying. A lot of babies react to, you know, the huge bathtub in that way. And we definitely want to try the class. Most classes are structured through play and songs so you don't have to participate. So, you could still come in and kind of observe for a few sessions and play with your child separately from the class for you to be able to still be there. When you're looking for an instructor, you should look for nationally recognized program such as YMCA Swimming Classes or the American Red Cross Swimming. One of the things that are covered in the course, you can learn how to work with small children. It's mostly learning through flying. So, that's one of the philosophies that's taught. The best thing to look for when you're looking for a program is to have the instructors know what [unk] by the Red Cross. It's a longer training. It's a more serious certification. Here at the 92ns Street Y, we teach the Red Cross program, all of our instructors are water safety certified and most of them have been teaching for over 3 years. -Way to go. How is it possible? How are we gonna get them? -Can we go underwater? -[unk] go under water? Okay. Can I blow a bubble? -Yeah. -[unk] and blow a bubble right? Okay. One, two, three-- and done. [unk] your bubbles all the way down. Can I blow a bubble? Okay. -The youngest class that we teach is for probably [unk] which is infants. It's 6 to 18 months. That class deals with introduction to water. There's a lot of play, there's a lot of-- you know, just holding the children in the water, getting amused to it. The next level is minnows which is toddlers, 18 to 36 months and that's when the actual instruction takes place with teaching them more skills, more independence. And the third level is the guppies, which is 3 to 5 year olds. And it's more instructional at that level because the children are more developmentally ready for it. -Fortunately less swimming, less being in the pool and I figured it's a good thing to get comfortable doing so that eventually [unk], you know, maybe when she's 3 or 4. -The younger the child is the more time we will allow before-- between feeding and doing in the water. So, if it's a very young baby, definitely want to allow an hour. If the older the child gets the-- less the time has to make. The parents have to be in the water from 6 to 18 months, 18 to 36 months, the parent is required to be in the water. Three to 5 there will have an option of having the parents in the water or doing the class separately with any stuff. -Time for the mom as well. You get to relax and if someone else is entertaining your child-- and it's something you can do together. It's a new sensory experience for them. It's a change of pace, and when you come out of the pool, the baby fall asleep immediately, so that's nice too-- a bonus. -Thank you for watching Parents TV. Our families, our lives.