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any swimming teachers on line please? preferably childrens. TIA

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mckenzie Sun 02-Nov-08 21:28:17

3 year DD started swimming lessons at a pool in september and has been doing really well (I took her this week and she was swimming about a third of a width and ducking and diving with her older brother).
The pool she has her lessons in is a toddler pool where she can touch the floor.

Should I still take her (once a week, again with DS) to our nearer pool where she cannot touch the floor even if it means that on those occasions she uses the arm rings?

I guess the best person to ask might be the teacher but she teaches a class before DD's and one immediately afterwards so there never seems to be the opportunity.

TIA

mckenzie Sun 02-Nov-08 22:10:17

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cascade Sun 02-Nov-08 22:15:17

no dont use arm bands as it restricts the arms. buy a back float or use a woggle. she is only 3 so just have fun in the pool.

mckenzie Sun 02-Nov-08 22:20:24

We dont use arm bands Cascade, we use ring like things (she started with three on each arm as now has one. They are made of thick firm foam type stuff.) Are they as restrictive? We use a float and a woggle too so should I just stick to those? Thanks for the reply btw.

cascade Sun 02-Nov-08 22:25:49

yeh just use float or woggle, it will be a while though until she has strength to get her arms out of water for front crawl, usually happens between ages 5-6. Try encouraging her to blow bubbles, kick legs long and head down (chin).

littleducks Sun 02-Nov-08 22:27:49

where did you get your arm rings from? my dd has just finished a crash course and was using them, tried her today with arm bands and were far less sucessful

mckenzie Sun 02-Nov-08 22:31:13

I think probably www.swimshop.co.uk (or .com!). Sorry I can't remember for sure.

mckenzie Sun 02-Nov-08 22:31:24

and thanks again Cascade

cascade Sun 02-Nov-08 22:38:18

another suggestion is take her in her arm bands so that she can splash around freely. then when you want to practise swimming take arm bands off, get your dd to hold float one hand on the top and one hand on side of float and practise kicking legs. then get your dd to hold float with hand on top of float and other arm using front crawl technique. just do a couple of widths, then go back to playing.

littleducks Sun 02-Nov-08 22:52:24

i think she is too young for stroke swimming (only two) but will try and remember for when she is bigger, i just need to keep her at her current level (able to swim 5m with buoyancy aids) for her to go into the swimming class on a weekend rather than a weekday

<<<apols for hijack>>>

cascade Sun 02-Nov-08 22:54:36

oh sorry littleducks that comment was aimed at mckenzie.

gigglewitch Sun 02-Nov-08 23:02:57

hi another swimming teacher checking in - but well done cascade it looks like you've got everything sorted wink

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