Back in June or July of this year I added Roo's name to the waiting list at our local swimming club. I was told by some parents that the waiting list was very long and that I would probably have to wait until the new year before Roo received a place. So I was pleasantly surprised when I received a call towards the end of August letting me know that there was a place available for Roo to start in the next few weeks. I was offered a choice of two sessions and confirmed Roo's details and our address.
As I had confirmed our address details I assumed that we we pound receive a welcome pack in the post. Hopefully confirming how much and when payment etc needed to be paid. Alongside equipment required for the lessons, however this welcome pack never materialised.
What do you need for swimming lessons?
So I went off in search of information and guidance on equipment recommendations for swimming lessons. After browsing through the Simply Swim website I felt so much better as they have everything you need under one roof (so to speak).
Whilst Roo has a perfectly good Hello Kitty swimsuit I really wanted her to have a quality swimwear to wear for her lessons. So after looking at all the options I opted for Speedo, a well known and much trusted brand.
|Speedo - Girls Endurance Plus Medalist|
I was unaware that some swimming pools now insist on you wearing a swimming cap. This I believe is to relieve pressures on their filter systems. As Roo's lessons are in the local high school swimming pool I asked another aren't who confirmed that they refer children to wear swimming hats.
I can remember having to put talc inside my own swimming hats in order to get them on when I was at school. When searching for swimming caps I pleased to see that times had indeed evolved. You can get a fabulous range if colours as well as some funky designs too. As Roo loves pink I knew that the Speedo silicone bright cap in pink would be the best choice.
|Speedo - Junior Plain Moulded Silicone Cap|
Now, there is some debate as to whether children should wear goggles when learning to swim. I can see the arguement from both sides, children should be encouraged to get their faces splashed and under water etc. However for some children the idea of water in their face would most certainly put them off swimming. Roo is somewhere in the middle, she doesn't particularly like water splashed in her face (much to the amusement if Tigger) so I was unsure as to whether to get her goggles or not. In the end I thought that if it gives her the confidence boost she needs to start with then it's worth buying them.
To continue with the oink theme I needed to try and find pink goggles. After speaking with some parent I was told the best goggles were Aqua Sphere Seal Kid goggles. Thankfully these are available in clear, blue and my much needed pink.
|Aqua Sphere - Seal Kid Goggle|
Towel vs Poncho
When I take the children swimming I am always conscience that when we get out of the pool to wrap them up warm before getting changed. Whilst a towel will do this job there are downsides to them. They slip down, if wrapped up like a mummy their shoulders are exposed etc. So when thinking about getting Roo a towel for swimming I opted for a Poncho towel. She can then simply slip over her head and is snuggly whilst I am getting her clothes etc ready. Also it will be a lovely place to display her swimming badges.
Zoggs have a gorgeous Ellis Poncho towel and it available in blue or pink. A functional yet funky poncho to keep warm in.
|Zoggs - Ellis Poncho Towel|
Whilst its great having the swimwear, hat, goggles and poncho but how I am going to keep all this stuff together and store Roo's clothes whilst she is in the pool? Aqua Sphere have a great solution with their Deck Bag. Large enough to store not only Roo's swimming kit and clothes but also any floats or foam pads as well.
|Aqua Sphere - Deck Bag|
Armbands & floats
I was unsure whether Roo would be required to take her own armbands or floats with her to her lessons so decided on the wait and see approach. I have however got my eye on a couple of pieces that I can purchase should she need to bring her own.
|Speedo - Sea Squad Armbands|
|Aqua Sphere - Aqua Noodle|
Swimming the facts
1 in 3 children say swimming is their favourite family activity
Children who have taken baby swimming classes have been shown to do better in gripping, reaching and balance tests than those who haven't
Drowning is the third most common cause of accidental death in children
1 in 5 children leave school unable to swim
Meeting Team GBInspired by the recent London 2012 Olympic Games the team at Simply Swim took part in the Swim Hero’s Tour, currently being run by British Gas
The events held in London on Friday were a great Triumph and we were unbelievably grateful to be invited and become part of the British Gas strategy to influence the next generation of Swimming Athletes
Impressed by the days events and on going initiatives by British Gas such as the pools for schools, we decided to put together a show reel for you lucky readers, full of the days events, including interviews with Rebecca Adlington, Keri-Anne Payne, Simon Burnett, Nick Robinson Baker, Roberto Pavoni and Steve Parry.
Disclosure Policy: I received swimwear items in order to complete this post. I have full editorial rights and was not instructed what to include.