A 7-month-old can actually learn to hold their breath?
We are now 7 classes into our Level 1 Tadpoles classes at Aqua-Tots Swim School in Beavercreek. As I mentioned in my previous diary posting, these introductory classes are so heavily focused on repetition and building on the skills that we have learned. At our last class, we noticed just how much this repetition has paid off. Our sweet little girl has actually learned to hold her breath in anticipation of being submerged into the water. It is amazing how babies, NEWBORN babies, can learn things so quickly – and this is largely due to repeating activities with them. Just as baby bloggers and baby sleep experts will recommend a bedtime routine with specific events, repeated every night to prepare a baby for sleep – so it goes in swim classes at Aqua-Tots!
I asked Brittany, the manager of the Aqua-Tots Beavercreek location, to explain why this methodology is so important for babies this little. She stated,
“The goal in the Level 1 Tadpole class is water adjustment… everything we do in the level will help children to be comfortable in the water. It is to help them to understand how their body works in the water with buoyancy and the change of their center of gravity. Understanding that water is not a solid and because of that understanding, they realize that just because they can see a toy under the water, does not mean they can reach it.
At the age of 13 months, children are moved to Level 2 Minnow classes where our primary focus is boundaries… our goal is to eliminate as much of the danger of water as possible before even learning to swim independently. Our goal is to make sure every child understands when it is safe for them to get into the water, how to do so safely, and how to get air if they do fall in. During this year and a half (Age 1 – 2 1/2) we push each student to practice all of the basic safe swimming skills such as safe submersions, climbing in and out of the pool, returning to the wall, floating and rolling, and balance while still using songs and games to keep our youngest swimmers engaged and interested.”
Although we are still a good way off from moving into the Level 2 class, it is clear that the constant repetition is setting in with our sweet daughter. Her most recent class was the best one yet and was filled with submersion after submersion – all the while she remembered to hold her breath – it is truly a remarkable thing to behold!
Aqua-Tots has two convenient Dayton area locations, one in Beavercreek and one in Springboro! For more information and to schedule your classes visit https://www.aqua-tots.com!