Who I Am and Why I Started This Blog

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I am Amanda. I grew up in Phoenix, AZ where swimming is the only outdoor summer activity that makes sense in that kind of heat. I could swim before I could walk, thanks to a diligent mother who indulged my love of the water. Every summer, my siblings and I progressed through the different Learn to Swim lessons and eventually I joined swim team, became a lifeguard, got certified to teach swim lessons, and coached swim team.

Out of all that experience, my favorite was teaching the children their first swim lessons. By using games and making the water fun, most children lost their insecurity around the water and learned how to safely enjoy being in the pool. I noticed that the children who had mothers who played with them in the pool, outside of swim lessons, took to the water like fish. It got me thinking. I came up with a huge to-do list for when I had kids.

Fast forward 10 years. It turns out teaching my own children was different that I expected.

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As a new mom, I started noticing that when my baby would reach a certain developmental milestone, I could introduce a new way to interact with the water. “Teaching” the skill at that sensitive moment allowed baby to really grasp the “concept” and experience water with his newfound skills.

For example, when baby gets confident pulling up to stand, that is the perfect opportunity to introduce the “wall hang” in the pool. A baby with those skills can comfortably hold onto the wall and keep his head above the water. Because he is focusing on the skill of pulling up on things, pulling up on the wall fits right in and he is more likely to succeed.

So here are a few experiences and ideas I have jotted down to help other mothers teach their children to be comfortable and confident in the water. Thanks for visiting!

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2 thoughts on “Who I Am and Why I Started This Blog

    • Hi Lilly! There are many methods for teaching children to swim. It depends on what you are looking for. The American Red Cross has one of the more popular water safety instructor courses. A larger city will often hold training sessions to certify swim teachers. The Red Cross, however, works on the principle of the infants choosing how to swim correctly on their own.
      If you want to learn to teach babies to react to water by rolling over to float, then swimming to the wall, your best bet is to look up ISR (https://www.infantswim.com/). This training is more intensive and expensive, but they teach you the intricate art of training babies to automatically float. It is worth it if you want to make your own business or classes. If you just want to teach your own kids, I would recommend spending the money to have another ISR teacher train them.

      OVERALL….I always say if you want your kids to be comfortable in the water, go in with them. Let them make mistakes. Take off the floaties. and PLAY! Having mom or dad in the water while they explore and get braver and try new things is the best key to swimming success and comfort in the water.

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