Category: Kids Learn to Swim

Taking those early splashes into swimming lessons can be difficult for parents who have a little one who doesn’t take to water like a fish.

Children feel safer when they are in a familiar environment. Yet growing up and learning is all about exploring. So that means your “mini-me” is likely to feel out of their comfort zone now and again.

If your tot is having that sinking feeling about being in the pool (no pun intended!), then helping them to become familiar with the idea and process of swimming can be extremely beneficial in the early stages of their swim journey. Exposing them to swimming, whilst on dry land, can calm their fears and anxieties.

So how do you do this? One way is education!

Here’s a list of children’s books that encourage a positive mindset and familiarity with swimming. Great for kids about to begin swimming lessons, or for those who need a little bit of comfort once started.

Dive into Swimming with Knowledge

Book 1: Peppa Goes Swimming – Neville Astley

(For ages; 2-6 years old)

Peppa Pig is a very familiar character in the world of children. Peppa and George are at the swimming pool. It’s George’s first time so this strikes some fear in George. This book looks at how Mummy and Daddy Pig try to convince George to hop in and give swimming a go! Peppa Pig also has many activity books that are parallel with the story book. I’m Ready for Swimming – Penguin Random House Australia

Book 2: I’m Ready for Swimming – Jedda Robaard

(For ages; up to 3 years old)

This book details the excitement of hopping in the pool without Mum or Dad! This book contains brilliant illustrations that are sure to get your children excited for swimming lessons. Spot Goes to the Swimming Pool – Eric Hill

Book 3: Spot Goes to the Swimming Pool – Eric Hill

(For ages; up to 3 years old)

Spot, yet another popular children’s character, feels extremely nervous going to the pool, until his Mum and friends offer him some support! He is splashing around in no time! The Swimming Lesson by Dori Chaconas

Book 4: Cork and Fuzz: The Swimming Lesson – Dori Chaconas

(For ages; 6-8 years old)

Details two friends, Cork and Fuzz. Cork, a muskrat is a confident swimmer, and Fuzz, a possum, still yet to learn. Which is not easy for Fuzz because as a possum, swimming doesn’t come naturally. Through illustrations, the reader can follow along with Fuzz as he dives into learning. Concepts of problem solving, fear and making comprises are all explored. Best fun of all whilst learning – this book is full of humour!

Book 5: Saturday is Swimming Day – Hyewon Yum

(For ages; 3+ years old)

This book is fantastic! New things can be scary. Share with your little one the experiences of one young girl as she discovers that it can take time to feel comfortable and confident in the water. And that sometimes, a little bravery and a lot of patience can conquer fears.

Book 6: There’s a Sea in my Bedroom – Margaret Wild

(For ages; 3+ years old)

David, a little boy, is scared of swimming in the ocean. To cope, he creates an imaginary world where he is free to explore things that scare him in the safety of his own bedroom. And when the time comes to test his fear of the ocean in real life? Oh, he is ready. All about conquering fear, and the illustrations are awesome.

Reviews and Recommendations?

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PASS Class is for all levels – except squads because they’ve already achieved their PASS!

One of the main reasons parents enrol their child/children with Aquabliss is safety. Our popular PASS Class, held twice a year, plays a key role in reinforcing and boosting swim survival skills.

What is PASS Class?

Personal Aquatic Survival Skills (PASS), such as sculling, treading water, floating, safe entry and exit from the water, along with basic swimming skills, are regularly taught in our classes.

We know that kids learn by repetition. So our PASS Class is a critical component of the Aquabliss curriculum because swim survival skills already learnt will be consolidated and refreshed.

Plus, where relevant, (and age-appropriate), new skills will be introduced. Such as techniques for clothed swimming survival. For most classes, there will also be mock rescue and emergency simulations. Then those new skills will need to be reinforced at the next PASS Class. It’s that all-important repetition factor again…. and again… and again.

Teaching kids how to save themselves [and not panic] if they find themselves in a risky situation is sooooo important. With more practice, a child is more likely to quickly recall the skills learnt and less likely to panic.

No child will be forced to do anything they’re not comfortable with. If a child prefers to sit on the pool edge and observe, that’s ok, because they’re still learning by watching others.

PASS Class is important no matter the season

Water rules will also be discussed, focusing on the risks of the season. The risk of drowning isn’t over when summer ends. Kids are around water all year round. Riding a bike next to a river, watching the ducks at the pond or going fishing with Dad. Some of you might be lucky enough to enjoy a winter holiday somewhere warm, with access to a pool or the beach.

In the cooler months, your kids will also be wearing more clothes. You know how heavy clothes get when wet. And, of course in summer, well, the risks increase because kids are around water more often. So, no matter what time of year it is, PASS Class is important.

These key swim survival skills, consolidated in our PASS Class, should be practised more than once a year. Yep, there’s that repetition factor again!

Why are kids encouraged to wear clothes in the pool?

Water-related accidents or drownings don’t always happen when a child is in their swimmers. So it’s really important they learn survival swimming strokes and skills while wearing clothes.

One objective, even for the real young ‘uns, is to give kids the chance to know what it feels like to be clothed in water. To experience how heavier the clothes feel when wet, and how harder it is to swim in clothes.

Falling into a pool of water with clothes on can produce fear and hysteria in an otherwise calm swimmer. Sometimes one minor thing (such as not being in swimmers) can throw a child completely off and cause them to forget the skills they’ve learnt.

Remember – no child will be forced to do anything. But we hope most will feel confident to enter the pool, in a controlled environment, wearing their clothes. As PASS Class is all about saving lives, a suggestion to wear any superhero clothes or PJs might help any nervous tiny tots.

No extra costs

During the scheduled week, classes will just be run a little differently than usual. This provides a vital opportunity to focus on water safety and education. To really focus on swim survival skills, which could ultimately save a child’s life.

More information will be emailed

We always send out emails to our customers closer to the date, including what to bring and how to prepare swimmers for a different kind of lesson.

Don’t miss out

PASS Class is only available to enrolled students. Not enrolled? Then contact us so we can welcome you into the Aquabliss fam!

For existing customers who don’t already have the dates in their diary, get in touch and we’ll let you know what days and times to block out in your calendar so your kids don’t miss this really important class. Usually held twice a year, in May and November.

Published by the Fold Southern Highlands

While swimming lessons are popular for babies and toddlers, sometimes we take the foot off the swimming lesson accelerator as kids get older [and busier!]. Life gets in the way, the kids are showing interest in other sports or activities – we totally get it.
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