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    Oct 19 2016

    7 popular Baby Swimming questions answered.

    Over the last two decades the popularity of baby swimming has increased.  Nowadays, swimming with your baby or toddler is considered by many parents to be one of those ‘must-do’ activities.  For most parents the chance of being with their babies in a pleasant and relaxing environment like water, able to interact with other parents and providing babies with the opportunity to play with each other makes the experience wholly enjoyable.  Here are some frequently asked questions and answers about baby swimming:  1. What is the best age to start baby swimming lessons? Most infant swimming experts agree that the sooner children start; the easier and faster young children will become confident in the water. Blue Wave Swin School accept babies from four months upwards. However, for any baby to benefit from attending swimming lessons there are a few milestones that first need to be reached.  A. Having strong neck muscles to support the baby&rs ...

    Sep 12 2016

    SwimFin is for all strokes!

    Did you know that you can use SwimFin for every swimming stroke, even back stroke? Although you wear SwimFin on your back, it can be highly effective for correcting front stroke swimming errors as well as aiding swimmers in balancing and floating to work towards a strong, confident back stroke. 

    Sep 05 2016

    Getting into the water with SwimFin

    If this is your child's first experience in the water wearing their SwimFin, take it slow! It's not a race to get in the water. Particularly if your child is a bit wary or apprehensive, it's important to keep the entire experience a positive one. Allow your child to explore the pool area while wearing their SwimFin. Show them the pool, where you will be entering the water and reassure them that you will stay with them the entire time. You may want to sit, poolside and dangle your feet in the water and encourage your child to do the same. Perhaps a fun game of kicking and splashing would be a great way to get your child a bit wet and having fun. 

    Aug 29 2016

    Our SwimFin story

    Our SwimFin story began in the late 1980s. Kevin Moseley was a self-employed swimming instructor. Just for fun, he took a couple of old foam swimming floats and made a fin that could be tied on to his back. At the end of lessons with a group of kids he would put on the fin for a few minutes of play time to reward the children for their efforts during the session. The kids always enjoyed it when Kevin would chase the kids around the pool, giving some practical use for the swimming skills the kids had been working on namely, not getting caught by the 'shark' in the water. 

    Sep 09 2015

    Choosing a Nursery Doesn’t Have to be Hard

    If it’s nearly time to send your little one off to nursery – we feel your pain. It’s up there with moving house and starting a new job on the stress scale, but it really doesn’t have to be.

    Oct 01 2014

    The Melting Pot – the babies’ birthday.

    It has to be said that on a typical year, I can normally account for almost every day of magic and mayhem, fun and fiasco, the highs and the lows when musing retrospectively. But looking back on this year since the twins were born, I actually don’t know where the time has gone at all! This last twelve months of motherhood to two new babies has been an absolute joy as they are- thankfully- sweet natured and generally calm little fellows, but I could never have predicted that my workload would decide to fly into overdrive from virtually the moment they’d appeared and fill every living minute since!
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