So what do they learn at his age?
I think the main thing they are trying to get the kids to learn at this age is to feel confident and secure in and with water. The class normally starts with the instructor drizzling water over their heads while the water trickles down their eyes and face. Then we sing a few songs while we encourage the children to splash and kick in the water. These are the warm up activities. Following this they climb up the side of the pool, stand up and as we gently hold their hands, get them to jump into the water on their own. I was quite afraid of this as I thought Isaac would sink but babies are exceptionally buoyant and float up to the surface immediately. There are activities to encourage them to paddle and kick as they go through a tunnel and try to catch rubber duckies. It's all done using play so it is very fun for them. There is also an activity where the kids walk on a large foam mat that floats on the water. When they reach the other end, they jump into the water and we catch them.
One of the kids in Isaac's group has been attending classes since he was 6 months old so he is incredibly confident in the water. But there was one child at today's class who was crying throughout the entire class. Isaac is normally very calm and enjoys it but as he is new, we are still trying to get a hang of the activities and how to do it correctly.
We attend the Saturday morning class and I have observed that 90% of the time it's the dads who are in the water with the kids. It's such a nice thing to see. Even with us, it was Ken who wanted to take Isaac to swim school because he felt that it would be a nice daddy and Isaac activity to do. I guess we are not the only ones to think this way!