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What’s on your list this Christmas?
I am a big believer in giving experiences rather than more material presents and love gifts that people can enjoy, grow from or remember.
One of the best things we have bought for J and Miss A are their swimming lessons. They have both been going since they were two and a half and are so water confident.
We send them to a local swimming school called Little Aqua and we love the way they teach – in personalised classes without any floatation devices. Classes are taught in 1:1 or 1:2 and J and Miss A now have a class together after school. I am amazed at how well they have both developed and love watching my six year old do tumble turns while my 4 year old learns front crawl breathing!
Beyond the essential life skill of water safety and the amazing opportunities being a strong swimmer opens you up to, I feel their lessons have also given them so much more.
When I watch J zooming through the water and counting his strokes before he breathes, I am always impressed. He has suffered with asthma since he was a baby and has had multiple hospital trips, so seeing him building his breath control and lung capacity is more than just a proud mum moment. Not only do I think it has physical benefits for him, but it also shows that his asthma doesn’t need to limit him. He is able to take control of something that has been very scary for him – being able to breath – in a fun and controlled environment.
I believe that it is really important to build perseverance and resiliance in our children. I have already seen them both get frustrated with their homework or when building lego or puzzles, and want to give up. Their swimming lessons have been a great tool for showing them that through practice and commitment, they can achieve great things.
The reason we first started sending J to Little Aqua was because his water confidence was so low and we knew he would struggle in a group lesson. He has always been shy and anxious child but in the last few years we have seen his confidence blossom. Being able to master swimming skills and feel proud of his progress, as well as the relationships he has built with his swimming teachers, have played an important role in this.
We all know that children have selective hearing! But being able to listen and follow instructions, especially when they start school, is so important. In swimming lessons, it is essential that they listen, process the information and are then able to put it into practice. This is a fun activity, outside of the classroom, but the skills they are building are incredibly key to their academic learning too.
Little Aqua also have parent and baby/toddler classes which is a great way to build those skills early and a really fun activity to share.
So if you are struggling for present ideas, why not give the gift of swimming.
25% off code
Little Aqua are offering 25% off your first month’s lessons for anyone who signs up by end 19th Decemeber 2019 using code LAXmas
(Disclosure: We receive a discount on our lessons with Little Aqua as ongoing brand ambassadors. I have not received any payment for this post nor am I required to produce any content)