Splish Splash… *warning Fat Mamma Alert*

Floating Without Fear

So on Saturday morning Ava had her first formal swimming lesson and if I’m honest I’ll admit I was seriously nervous! As the day of the lesson drew nearer I started getting more and more nervous about the stupidest things, like loosing my footing and slipping and falling into the pool and perhaps drowning her! Having said that, I think Walter was even more anxious than me, he spent the whole lesson yelling orders from the side of the pool, things like:

“Watch out, her face went in the water..”

“Look what you’re doing!!!”

Thankfully the swimming teacher is used to all of this and she just came over and reassured me that we were doing perfectly fine and I should try and do my best to ignore my overly anxious husband. The pool is in doors and the pool and changing area’s are heated and the pool is heated to 32 degrees so its seriously warm.

Ava really enjoyed the lesson, I did do the parents orientation lesson with her when she was 6 weeks old and we’ve been practicing the floating and splishing and splashing of her legs and rowing of her arms in the bath, but still, its a little more daunting doing it in a swimming pool.

She LOVED all the other babies in the class which did make getting her to float a lot more difficult because she kept twisting her head to try and see all the babies. When we played with the “lily pad” in the middle and the babies are all supposed to bang their hands on it to splash water in their faces, all she could do was stare, open mouthed at all the babies around her, she couldn’t get enough of them.

Floating & Touching Mom

The lesson itself is really cute, its like a swimming version of Kinder Music with all the actions and floating accompanied by songs.

I’m really glad Walter and I have decided to do this for a number of reasons. We have a swimming pool at home and while I don’t want her growing up terrified of water, I do want her to be able to know the rules of the pool and how to do the basics.

My cousin did it with my niece from when she was around Ava’s age and by the time she was 4 she was swimming without arm bands and launching herself off the edge of the pool and able to swim laps. My sister in law did not do it with either of my nephews and as a result and they are terrified of the water and scream when someone even splashes them.

We live in sunny South Africa, learning to swim from an early age was simply not an option.

Floating Fun

Share on
Previous Post Next Post

You may also like


  • Reply ldr1604

    I also think that the earlier you start the better, Ava is going to love swimming with you this summer. Cute cozzie!

    July 26, 2010 at 10:15 am
  • Reply TJ

    Looks like a lot of fun! Such a good thing you’re teaching her!

    July 26, 2010 at 10:17 am
  • Reply mozzie01

    Awesome!!! I am so glad you and Ava enjoyed it! The twins have gained SO much confidence in the water…it is too cute to see! It is quite daunting for the parents who are in the water though! I look forward to many ‘swimming playdates’ with our daughters! πŸ™‚
    x x x x

    July 26, 2010 at 10:18 am
  • Reply Mash

    My sister was 3 and a bit when she taught herself to swim – only because her two older sisters were always in the pool and she wanted to be a part of it! It’s a huge weight off your shoulders once they can swim. Looks like so much fun!

    July 26, 2010 at 10:34 am
  • Reply tanyakov

    How great – I love her costume!

    We took Max to his first lesson on Saturday too, and he fricking loved every second. When I say “we”, I mean DH, who got in the pool. This will be their new Saturday bonding thing together, so that I don’t have to expose my scary pale/hairy legs! Lol!

    I think it’s a brilliant thing to start this early.

    July 26, 2010 at 10:41 am
  • Reply hcouperus

    Walter made me laugh, go dad!! πŸ™‚ I started my oldest at 8yrs just because of the dynamics of the family and in just under a year is able to swim freestyle lengths of the pool! Number 3 (who is 4) has just started and is enjoying it. Our problem is that the swimming lessons are very expensive and so no take-aways this term for us! So worth it though!!!

    July 26, 2010 at 11:27 am
  • Reply merphin

    I am so pleased she loved it!!! Mr 3.5yr old has had 6mths off due to illness but his first lesson back was hugely successful. I agree with you that early is better, you will always worry about her (it’s a Mum thing!) but at least you are giving her the skills and confidence to use. It is expensive but very much worth it IMHO anyway.

    July 26, 2010 at 11:45 am
  • Reply zamom

    OMW that is just the cutest costume ever!!! Tell Walter they’re supposed to get their faces wet, that’s how they learn to stick their heads under water without batting an eyelid!!!

    July 26, 2010 at 12:38 pm
  • Reply dee

    Ava looks so at ease! Looks like you guys had a good time (even with the anxious hubby) πŸ™‚

    July 26, 2010 at 12:54 pm
  • Reply marina1605

    How cool. Love the polka dot costume!

    July 26, 2010 at 1:09 pm
  • Reply rumneym

    Having the Aquatots orientation talk tomorrow and Jared starts ASAP too. I can’t keep him away from water so the sooner he learns to be “pool safe” the better. Will still fence the pool in though.
    Must admit I’m dreading getting into a cossie – feel VERY insecure, overweight, white hairy legs the lot. Plus I really don’t like swimming very much.
    Glad you had so much fun together.

    July 26, 2010 at 1:36 pm
    • Reply Sharon

      I went through two razors and a Rolux Magnum shaving my legs on Saturday morning in preparation for our class!! πŸ˜‰ I was worried about looking fat and white as well. But then I wore knee length shorts over my cozzie and didn’t feel so bad when I saw two of the fat, hairy back Dad’s in our class! πŸ™‚

      July 26, 2010 at 1:38 pm
  • Reply adeleida

    Ah, can’t wait for Joni to do this. Where did you get the costume??? I assume this is with Aqua Tots?

    July 26, 2010 at 1:45 pm
  • Reply suestuart

    Love the cozzie! I’d also like to know where you got it?

    July 26, 2010 at 1:51 pm
  • Reply wheresmybun

    Sweet! Looks like you had so much fun!

    July 26, 2010 at 2:08 pm
  • Reply jonivdw

    Aaaah Shaz that is awesome!! It looks like you two had a lot of fun!! And I just love her cozzie!I can’t wait for the 4th of September cause that’s when I start Adam and another friend’s little one, hee hee Jaco and I will both be in the water though (beached whale look here I come)!

    July 26, 2010 at 4:52 pm
  • Reply orbit365

    So cute!
    What a clever girl!
    Did you even imagine last year this time that in a year you would be taking YOUR daughter for swimming lessons?

    July 26, 2010 at 7:06 pm
  • Reply hanneke001

    I think its amazing to teach them so young !! Oh and its the cutest cutets polka dot cozzie !!

    July 26, 2010 at 7:31 pm
  • Reply samcy

    Looks like a lot of fun was had by all πŸ™‚


    July 29, 2010 at 9:54 am
  • I LOVE comments, leave yours here:

    This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

    %d bloggers like this: