Swimming, swimming, swimming

On the weekend we took George to the local pool. Equipped with his spanky pair of “Nemo ™” nappy swimmers and what we hoped was a loved for water we ventured forth.
Armed with some helpful tips from a sister-in-law (who’s a trained child swimming instructor) we thought “how hard can this be?”.
As it turned out – “Not at all”.
We were pretty confident George liked water, as he loves his bath, and we’ve been splishing water on him since he started so he is kinda used to having it on his face. We also thought he’d be ok as during bath time, I spend about 50% of my time cleaning him, and 50% of my time keeping him from twisting his head so he can drink the bath water.
“Hold George out in front of you, facing you” was the advice given. Worked great. George likes going forward, not so much going backwards. I started with some gentle moving, then more vigorous bouncing. Well, that brought lots of big laughs and giggles, until a little too much and a small dunking occurred.
Uh-oh. Cough-splutter. Then George just looked at me, looked at Susi, licked his chin and dunked his head into the pool for a good drink. Hmm, doesn’t seem to be an issue with worried about water on the face. Laughing, I extracted my son from the pool.
“Babies get cold easily – pool should be 30 degrees – watch for him going blue”. At this stage (about 10 minutes in the “big pool”) George was getting chilly, so we tottered off to the “kiddie pool” (a warm shallow pool) where we sat for the next 15 minutes or so, amusing George with some bouncing and splashing games.
Next trip will hopefully be this weekend, and we’ll take some photos and remember to take some things for him to play with in the water.
All-in-all, a very good start.

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  1. We’ve been swimming with Gemma quite a bit now and one technique to get her used to going under is to say Gemma-1-2 short pause and then tip water over her head. We do it both in the bath and in the pool.
    Then when its time to move to going underwater, the same phrase then a smooth motion under and towards mummy or daddy and she just does the right then (well most of the time!). If she takes a little watter, we just hold up her left arm to help with the coughing.

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