Baby Swim Classes Sure Are Something
For 30 minutes, once a week we swim as a family. And damn is it overwhelming.
Swimming with my daughter, who is now 16 weeks, is fun. But it is overstimulating. Not just for her, but me. Our time in the pool is limited so she doesn’t get too cold, yet with all that’s going on any longer and I’d need to go sit in a dark room for half a day.
It’s not due to any introversion on my part. It’s the sheer fact that in tiny physio-pool there can be as many as nine other couples with their kids getting them to be comfortable with the water. And ten babies means noise, a lot of noise. All in a room not designed for noise reduction.
Add to that the sun reflecting off the water and you’ve got a full blown rave. There are bright colors from pool noodles and a variety of toys, flashing lights, songs from parents singing to their kids, and always at least one kid screeching in joy. Or they may just be upset. It’s hard to tell with babies.
The actual swimming with my daughter is easy. So long as she remembers to keep her head up. Holding her is easy and she seems to enjoy the water. Or at least isn’t put off. This is based on only two trips. Slowly she’s relaxing when we get her to float on her back, but the difference in sound underwater scares her. You can see her react when her ears slip underwater.
After 20 or so minutes there is a noticeable change in my daughter. She starts to become less interested and smiles less. It’s clear she’s tired and overwhelmed by all that’s going on. Who wouldn’t be? I certainly am after the same amount of time.
We still haven’t taught her to dive. That may come in the next lesson or two. Not that you can really call it a lesson, it’s more of a scheduled time where everyone else in the pool is there for the same purpose. Which is why it’s worth going. No one is going to be upset if your kid poops in the pool, no one is running, jumping or splashing wantonly. Well, babies will be babies and some like splashing.
Overall, it’s a good experience and one we’ll keep doing. Though we’ve heard from friends and family that after your kid learns to dive safely that there’s not much more to the classes. Plus the price is a bit much at €19 a go. After our daughter knows how to dive we’ll be able to go to a public pool. But for those who haven’t taken such a class I recommend it.
If you’re in Helsinki check out Folkhälsan for classes. They end in early June and return in August.