Water Wobbles & The Learning Plateau
Between the ages of 8 months and 24 months, your little swimmer may well start to be more cautious in the water.
They may become very clingy, not wish to join in the activities they once loved and enjoyed and they will also show their unhappiness if I manage to get into their space, subtle changes in their behaviour in fact they can make your life in the pool quite miserable and I have comforted many a Mum who has broken down in tears – saying why? Sometimes the first sign is crying in the car park or seeing the swim bag getting ready, saying NO when you mention swimming or Kimmi.
As I say to every parent/guardian it ever happens to, don’t worry – chillax – it is what happens as a natural developmental stage and may well coincide with going back to work, nursery, child minders etc and the greatest issue for them is their separation anxiety.
Your little swimmer is trying to show their natural independence at the same time as not wanting you too far away. They all do it at home, in the super market etc so the swimming pool is just another locality to try their hand at it.
As your teacher and knowing you both, I will notice the Water Wobbles and it can make you as a parent/guardian feel embarrassed as if you are disrupting the class. Please rest assured that next week it will be someone else’s turn.
I shall be there to support you and offer you some ideas to work through it, however my advice to you all “is not to give up “it is so much harder when you try to return to swimming as their little awesome brains will have retained some negative thoughts.
The Learning Plateau
Progressing on slightly from the “Water Wobbles” at some point your little swimmer may become a different person in the pool, in my day it was called the terrible 2’s! I am sure you will have discussions with your swim group over coffee or in the changing rooms and you will say ……….. “I don’t understand why they are not enjoying swimming as much as they used too!”
This is a perfectly natural stage of your little swimmers learning development both in the pool and out. Their brains are like sponges – soaking everything up and sometimes they simply OVERLOAD – so they only thing they can do really well is to say NO or even have a MELTDOWN.
I reiterate my comments earlier in Water Wobbles – “is not to give up “
Please be assured I am there to support you both all of the way and more than happy for you to communicate with me to discuss any concerns, sometimes a phone call can make all the difference. Sharing is caring so please talk to your class friends too.
Both of my girls started swimming lessons with Kim at the age of 5 months. Both are able to swim without any aid, thanks to her patience and skill. Kim knows when to support them, and when to push them, because they need it! They always leave swimming lessons with a smile.
After 5 years and 2 children I regard Kim as part of the family! She has encouraged and supported my little ones through the highs and lows of learning to swim. She has made me feel happy and welcome as both a frightened new mum and as a old time regular. Her techniques are caring yet firm and she has been the major factor in creating two confident little aqua-babes who just adore the water. I can not thank or recommend Kim enough.
Suzie, Daisy and Georgia