August 5, 2010 at 2:25 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

So Liam’s had four sessions of Waterbabies, swim lessons for ages 6 – 18 months, and I have to say I’m pretty disappointed. The time sucks – at 9 AM the water is freezing, and I have to rush to get us there on time. The instructor has been late three days this week. And the class is far less structured than I expected, particularly for the $50 cost. All we do is stand in the water, let them play with some toys, she goes around and tries to get them to blow bubbles in the water (which they don’t, really), she gets out these barbell float things for them to float on (but mostly they’re chewed on) and then we sing a song and class is over. Not that I expected him to swim laps, but I figured there’d be a little more to it than that. We have 8 classes spanning two weeks, and getting to Bethesda every morning has been a pain. I stuck around today to see the pre-school age class, and the instructor did a lot better with them. So maybe next year we can try it again, maybe pick a class that’s once a week instead of every day, and hopefully at a later time in the morning.

Mind you, Liam doesn’t care that it’s 9 AM and the water is cold. He has a great time. I guess that counts for something.



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  1. I got told by one of the swim instructors at the Y, that classes for the under 3 set were for Mom/Dad to get comfortable with child in the water. So if you are comfortable with him in the water, mission accomplished.

  2. […] other news, swim lessons was a bust. Since I last wrote about it, our instructor was late to every subsequent class, didn’t even show up for one of the classes, […]

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