This morning, Taeya had her first swimming lesson in the bathtub. She practiced floating on her back and really liked it. She smiled a number of times and was very relaxed. She also practiced putting her face in the water two times and did very well. As a swim teacher and former lifeguard, it is very important to me that my children learn to swim at a young age. Infants CAN learn survival skills and the younger you start teaching them to swim the more comfortable they'll be in the water and the earlier they'll be water safe.
My youngest swim student started with me when she was 8 months old. She was swimming short distances in the water that season and the next year when she was 20 months old she could swim the length of the pool on her own using side breathing. It was pretty amazing to see. I would encourage any of you who have young children to consider putting them in swim lessons.
Watch this video of an 11 month old boy who was taught survival skills using ISR (Infant Swimming Resource) instruction.
You can also visit this webpage to learn more about ISR. http://www.thepoolsafetyresource.com/id14.html
Many older children I taught swim lessons to were afraid of getting water on their face. This is usually because parents are very careful to wash out their children's hair without getting water on the face. Then, when it's time for lessons, the child is uncomfortable getting their face wet. It's okay to pour water over their face, even with infants. When I bathe Taeya in the sink, I spray her head and face with the spray hose and she just closes her mouth and opens it again when I'm done. Start early! It makes it easier.
Okay, I'll hop off my soapbox now.