The traditional swim season may be over, but that doesn't mean we won't still be spending time in the pool this fall! As you might remember, Owen learned to swim this summer in his swim classes. He had been taking swimming every season at our old gym, but he finally learned to swim this summer when we signed him up at a new swim school. I want him to keep improving his swim skills and to retain all that he has learned, so as a fun one-on-one activity Owen and I go swimming together about once a week.
Going to swim with kids can be a huge undertaking, especially when I'm getting into the pool with the kids, so here is a look at what we do and pack to get ready for swimming!
Before we leave for swimming I always get Owen dressed in his swim clothes. I know some people like to do that once they get to the pool, but since it's still fairly warm here I save us the hassle, and save us the time by getting him all dressed before we leave the house.
I also get dressed in my suit because although I don't need to be in the pool with him for his classes I usually try to get in with him after his class so we can have some fun and get a little extra practice in.
| My suit |
For our independent swim time I like to bring in our own toys and swim accessories, like these fun Kids Monster Claw Fins and Pool Noodle. Owen absolutely loves the fins and I that they help him swim faster!
We love that the pool noodle is an excellent tool for him to practice kicking drills, encourages swim skill progression by teaching a streamline body position in the water, has adjustable and removable buoys allow for variable buoyancy as his ability improves, and that the noodle has grooves that fit kids hands, allowing easy maneuverability around the pool.
And for after swimming, I always make sure to pack his googles, a wet bag, kid shampoo, his bathrobe, a healthy snack and some cozy clothes for after his shower!
What do you do to make swimming fun and simple with your children?
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