We encourage each youngster to develop at their own pace, adapting each activity to suit the child and nurturing water confidence with lots of smiles and fun!
Through lots of smiles and laughter, our carefully structured classes encourage the children to have as much independence as possible and take short swims on their own both above and below the water, and learn important water safety skills.
What happens during a Kickers class?
- Within a structured class environment, we encourage important breathing techniques (bubbles), jumping in, kicking and chasing balls.
- Kickers love to interact with each other in the group activities so your toddler will have lots of fun!
- Your toddler will continue to swim independently on woggles and also totally unaided underwater.
- We start to encourage the head down in the water which will give a lovely alignment to assist those first independent swims.
- We concentrate on kicking which will help Kickers perform their first independent swim, either between parent and teacher or swimming to the bar/wall.
- Kickers learn to kick back to the surface from an underwater activity - this is one of the most important personal survival skills a child can learn.
What is the involvement of the parent/guardian?
- At this age, your toddler may be swimming like a duck to water - others go through wobbles (see the last section below) - whichever your toddler may be, keep smiling and encouraging your little one.
- Clear verbal and behavioural signals for submersions and other activities are critical, so if you are unsure, your teacher will happily show you again and give you any tips.
- As woggles continue to be used, and confidence rises, you will be asked to hold your baby as little as possible - you will still be very close to provide safety and reassurance.
- Never force your little one to go underwater if they are upset - the teacher will advise you how to help them regain their confidence.
Practical class information
- Please make sure you use the double-nappy method for your child - a disposable swim nappy or one of our great value (and environmentally friendly) NappyWraps & Liners, covered with a well-fitting Puddle Ducks neoprene swim nappy. These are available to buy from our online shop.
- We often have parents who have a fear of water, but we never force any parent into doing any activity they are not comfortable with. It is up to us to make you feel comfortable in the water so that you can pass positive feelings onto your baby - let our teachers know and they will advise you.
- We know that many parents like a record of their baby's activities and achievements. Badges and certificates can be purchased through our online shop.
At this age, your child is becoming far more emotionally aware of the world and is likely to go through some wobbles - the key is to be patient, persevere and encourage. You may find that:
- Swimming skills may develop slowly at this age. If your toddler doesn't seem to be progressing, please don't be discouraged. This static phase may be crucial in your infant's emotional security, so continue to be patient and celebrate even the smallest achievements with smiles and praise. One day, you will find your toddler is participating in everything with enthusiasm and all traces of reluctance vanished!
- Some children go through a natural "clingy" phase (both in class and at home) known as "separation anxiety", which is a normal part of a toddler's cognitive and emotional development. This will almost certainly fade as s/he begins to gain more control over emotions.
Our teachers are used to wobbles like this and will be very supportive to both you and your little one through this stage.
Our expert teachers will let you know when your child is ready to move to our next stage which is Little Dippers!