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Understanding the impact of return to swimming lessons from COVID-19

by BecSorby (follow)
Here is School of Little Swimmers with some great tips to help your children adjust to swimming lessons once again.

Babies and children have had a considerable break from swimming, with little water familiarisation.

It is going to be vital for a smooth return to the pool that as parents, we understand and implement a return plan.

There are a couple of things to consider when thinking about your return plan.

1. A child's connection to swimming has been put to the background. The break without practice needs to be taken into account that there could be a regression of swimming skills.

2. Some children have been through a traumatic time mentally due to COVID. We need to understand their whole world has changed in the space of a day or two. Mentally allow them time to return.

3. Over the break, many children have grown. Growing can throw their balance off in the water as most have not been able to swim through the change. Some will feel awkward, uncomfortable and in some cases, unsafe. Reassure and encourage.

4.Expect the unexpected. Your child may have been able to have swum to save themselves before and over the break may have lost this skill and will be nervous. Be patient.

5. Children have developmental leaps, and some of these leaps have been missed over the break. Your child may have been confident in the water and now is unsure. Easing them back to being confident swimmers is the best thing to do to instil back their confidence.

School of Little Swimmers is here to help to make this transition a smooth one. They are a boutique swim school offering lessons in Klemzig and have now re-opened.

SOLS offer Parent and Child Group Swimming lessons to children aged from 6 months to 5 years old. They provide group and private lessons for children and adults, along with school holiday programs and Aqua Aerobics.

If you have any questions about starting swimming lessons or returning to the pool, please don't hesitate to contact them.

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