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.
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.
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).
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.
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