Alright, here is what I am going to show everyone how the pool which Matty goes to look like.
Why did I sign up Matty for a swim course?
My best friend used to show me Youtube videos on how babies and very young toddlers can actually swim. We thought it was really cool and nice that a baby can do that, plus it is a life saver skill. But those babies shown are usually from overseas like countries in USA or Australia. In Singapore, I have never heard of anyone sending their babies for real swim courses. We were saying if Singapore really does have such programs, it would be great if Matty could enroll in one.
Hence when Matty turned 6 months old, I began to source on Google if there are any of such programs in Singapore. Finally, I found Aquaducks and I emailed in for a trial lesson at Tanglin Village, 29 Harding Road Singapore 249537, at Dempsey Hill beside The White Rabbit .
During the trial lesson, I joined a small group of about 3 mothers with their babies of similar age to Matty. The instructor used nursery rhymes to incorporate into the swim lessons objectives and all the babies were very engaged. For example, part of the routine exercises was to sit baby on the ledge and parent had to bring the baby down into the water to simulate falling into the water. So, the nursery song was ” Humpty Dumpty sat on the wall” and when the instructor said ” ..had a great Fall”, parents will bring their babies into the water. Also, there was also some light submerging and instructor taught us the techniques. The instructor would also used a small pail and pour water over babies’ heads to let them practice holding their breath for a short while and to let them adapt to underwater.
Lesson was 30mins long and everyone enjoyed themselves. There were no yelling and screaming babies, maybe except some would just whine and cry for a short while. I was pretty impressed by this at how the instructors could really pacify the kids.
After the trial, I decided to sign up Matty official as an Aqua Duckie at Level 1. It is $120 for 4 lessons a month, each lesson is 30mins. Price is excluding GST and registration fee. What I really loved about the lesson is that it allowes me to bond with Matty in a very unique way, learning about trust and confidence. In addition, the group was really small, and babies get most of the attention.The instructor to baby ratio is about 1:3 for older babies or 2:3 for younger babies.
Besides this, I enjoy the short stroll from the bus stop to the site Dempsey Hill is all quiet with its lush flora and fauna, and the sun at 9am was just fine for us.
After the swim lesson, you can be expected that your baby will fall asleep by themselves without fighting sleep! How awesome is that!
From the photo above, you can see some of the props used during the lessons, and these are usually meant for older babies from 1 year plus. The pool is chlorine free and can be heated up. I like it that it is sheltered despite being an outdoor pool.
Meanwhile, stay tuned for my next post to catch Matty in action when Daddy is on leave to video the process.
For more info, visit them at http://www.aquaducks.com.sg/