Where to after Seahorse?
Yes, there IS life and swimming after Seahorse! Really!? you say. And while it is hard for us to say goodbye to swimmers we have known for years, many of our advanced swimmers are ready to progress to a larger pool. A larger pool will offer challenges in terms of distance, endurance, technique and fitness. Your child may also be interested in competitive squad swimming. Below are some options for extension following Seahorse:
Hobart Aquatic Club - located at the Hobart Aquatic Centre
ph: 1300 884 608
Clarence YMCA - located at Clarence Aquatic Centre
ph: 6244 2294
Eastern Shore Sharks - located at Clarence Aquatic Centre
Ask for a few trial sessions to see if your child enjoys that particular environment.
Or simply make a regular swimming time for you and your child to do some laps together at a convenient location. Regular swimming is so important for you child, not only for fun and fitness but for future career options - police, navy, diving, lifeguard, surf-lifesaving. Happy swimming!
How can I support my child when transitioning into independent classes?
Understand your child
It is important to understand how your child might behave during transition and why. Reflect on their personality, how they respond to change, how dependent they are on you (or other caregivers) in the water.
Consider other transitions that may be occurring at this time. These may include: new baby in the family; toilet training; a big bed; starting childcare or kindergarten; a recent holiday or major family event; etc. Lots of ‘big’ transitions happening to your child at once may contribute to unsuccessful transition in swimming.
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My child is getting bored in water orientation classes, what can I do?
It is very common for children within the ages 2.5-4, who have been coming to water orientation classes for some time, to display signs of not wanting to co-operate in class, being bored with the class structure or resisting doing the lesson activities with their caregiver. Children of this age are often testing their boundaries in all sorts of ways: with their own bodies, with their physical environment, with their parents and other relationships.
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When is my child ready for classes where they get in without me in the water?
Many parents wonder when their child will be ready to move up into an independent class. As a basic guide, readiness for independent classes usually occurs between 3.5- 4.5yrs, however there are important factors to consider.
Your child needs to demonstrate readiness to transition into independent classes. They need to have developed the social, emotional and communication skills to cope independently in the water. Your child needs to demonstrate the points below:
1. Willingness to separate from caregiver
2. Able to take instruction from the teacher. Be able to focus on the task provided.
3. Ability to wait their turn. This demonstrates empathy needed to be able to function in a group. It requires patience, an ability to delay wants and a preparedness to follow rules. This is a developmental stage that happens sometime between 3.5 – 4.5 years of age.
4. Be readily submerging and/or reasonably comfortable in the water.
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