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Monday, June 10, 2013

Swimming lessons on the roof!

So, my #1 tip for living in New York is to make friends with someone with a rooftop pool:)...
Yes, our good friends are lucky enough to live in a building with a pool on the roof, so naturally we invited ourselves over to go swimming. We were just splashing around on this particular afternoon, but for later this summer we found a great swim instructor to come by to give the kids lessons. It's actually less expensive than joining a swim class and they'll get more individualized attention. I'm curious to see how it will all work. Three-year-olds are still so wriggly!
And apparently teaching young kids to swim is important: "A small child can drown in just two feet of water," reported the New York Times today. "The Consumer Product Safety Commission has reported that from 2004 to 2006, 47 children died after becoming submerged in inflatable pools....Huge numbers of children are unable to swim, which largely explains why drowning is the second leading cause of death among children ages 1 to 19."
Even though it was a rainy afternoon, the little guys were insanely excited. They wore Honest swim diapers. How cute are those whales? (Their regular diapers have adorable patterns, too.)
We also slathered them up with natural sunscreen from the Honest Company. The Honest Company is one of my long-term sponsors, and I love their mission to provide affordable, beautiful and unquestionably safe products for kids, adults and household cleaning. It’s reassuring that their website says, “Go ahead, ask us anything. We'll tell all."

And they immediately got up to their usual antics.
I'm curious: How old were you when you learned to swim? When will you teach your kids? I could doggy-paddle at a young age, but was freaked out for an embarrassingly long time about putting my face underwater.
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P.S. Have you seen videos of infants swimming? It's fascinating...

(Photos by Julia Robbs for Cup of Jo. Thanks, Julia! This post is sponsored by The Honest Company, whose mission I adore. Thank you so much for supporting the sponsors that make Cup of Jo possible.)

134 comments:

Karen Reid-Mogford said...

How much would I love to have a friend with a rooftop pool? A lot! At least on the upside it rains so much in England we would hardly get in it :) the baby swimming footage is just crazily awesome. Xo

Ashley Cassandra Ford said...

I was 23 when I learned to swim! Now, I love it. If I have children, they'll learn much earlier than I :)

Erin said...

Great post, and precious adorable Toby (as always!)

While we're on the subject, seeing this blew my mind last week - really worth a look.

http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/family/2013/06/rescuing_drowning_children_how_to_know_when_someone_is_in_trouble_in_the.html

sarah said...

i was 13 and we lived in a cabin by a lake every summer... i could dog paddle but no way was i going to go under! then one day i did. i am already thinking about lessons for my kids... 3 and 2. but i just can't seem to get it together enough to pull the trigger!

Margaret H. said...

I learned to swim at thanks to our neighbor who had a pool and she was also a swim instructor....apparently I took to it easily. So I kind of expected my kids to do the same, but that is not the case. My 6 yr old is finally getting it (3rd summer of swim lessons) but he is not a natural swimmer. My 4 yr old twins are on their second summer of swim lessons but still don't like putting their head under the water.

Margaret H. said...

Meant to say I learned at 3 yrs old.

Katie said...

I was probably 3 when I learned to swim, and was on the summer swim team by the time I was 5. We spend our summers near water, so I was gradually learning to swim since I was a baby. My family is huge advocates of teaching babies floating and swimming as early as possible. My sister's boys have been in swim lessons since they were 6 months old, and I'll probably follow suit.

PS You had to complete the swimming test at my university before you graduated, and took swim for PE until you could. The reason was that so many people drown because they never learned how to swim, and it's an easy skill that saves lives.

laurenfoode.com said...

My parents like to tell me I had this window of fearlessness from ages 2 to 4 and between then is when they put me in swimming classes. Then suddenly I became afraid of everything (like doing a somersault on the low bar in gymnastics) but thankfully I'd gotten swim lessons out of the way before my terror set in. I've never been afraid of the water since!

Heather said...

I was 2 or 3 when I learned to swim. My mom caught me climbing the later to the high dive after she turned away for a split second to retrieve something from her bag. Our next stop after "time out" was the lifeguard stand to find a swim instructor. Also, I had a broken arm at the time... so I swam crooked for a few years after that because the broken arm was stronger (from the weight of the cast). I'm grateful I learned so young - I was never afraid and my parents could rest easier poolside.

Rebeka said...

I am 26 and I still don't know how to swim. I'm glad you're teaching Toby at a young age.

Rustic Six said...

i was an American Red Cross certified WSI (water safety instructor) for 4 years during college and absolutely loved it! lessons started as early as 6 months (baby + parent lessons). i think the sooner a child gets used to and comfortable in water the better!

Danhiskka said...

I learned to swim at three months old :) My dad took me to the local swimming pool and dropped me in the water with diaper and all!
By my sixth birthday I was able to swim across the pool (about 75ft) and then he started the lessons in the river and in the sea.

Those two things are VERY important for kids to learn, because in case that they fall o get a bit far from the shore, they don't panic and can return safely or float with the currents until somebody come to help.

deesie said...

My mother never learned to swim so she had all of us kids take swimming lessons as early as possible and then continue on to life guard training. I agree with other comments that it is important to start swimming very young to get more comfortable with it.

brooklynash said...

i learned to swim at 3, and later was a competitive swimmer for some time. i think it's so important to know how to swim both as a child and an adult. it's dangerous to be on or near water if you can't swim, and it's just so sad to have to miss out on everything water related!

Patricia Paramo said...

Toby looks so cute in all pictures!!!! I love him....

I always come back to the blog hoping to see pictures of Toby...so adorably cute!


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lindsaydeely said...

Baby swim lessons are really popular in Ireland where we live. My little guy started at 9 months, which was a little late, believe it or not. He adores the water. We had him at the ocean this weekend and he ran right in with no fear. It's great to see him so comfortable in the water.

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Sarah Stone said...

That is a truly beautiful pool, and that third one down is such a great shot of toby! I'm confused though, I thought he was potty trained already?

Karen in CT said...

.. 3 is a perfect age to start ... my mother had us going about 5 years old, at the YWCA indoors .... the old days ... good luck

Karen in CT

Amanda Billings said...

Although I am currently in parent baby swim lessons with my son Harrison, who is one year old, that video of infants swimming/floating made me very nervous! Eeps!

Sarah D said...

I learned to swim in early elementary school, probably. I can't remember exactly. I know I took swim lessons every summer all through elementary school, even after I could swim on my own.
I started my kids in lessons when they were 3 years old; started bringing them in the water myself their first summers- so around 9 months of age. Both were very comfortable in the water when 1 and 2, became fearful around ages 2-4, then slowly became comfortable again after age 4.
Swimming is such an important life skill. Kids can actually drown in only a couple of INCHES of water (not feet like you said). Water safety is so important. As is close adult supervision, even after kids know how to swim on their own.

collette said...

I was probably 3 or 4, we had a pool in the backyard. My kids were 18 months and 6 months, respectively. They are now 3 and 5 and just finished a session so they can be ready for the summer.

Prieto said...

where did you find that dress!?!?! would love it for my growing belly as well :)

Manda said...

Hm! Not sure how old I was....12ish? I think that's when I went to an actual swimming class, although I'm sure I had non-professional lessons from my Dad :)


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Meg said...

I learned to swim at 3 years old (and plan on going to baby swim lessons w my future children). It's been a great skill to have: FUN in general, surefire way to get a spot on swimteam as a youngster, my parents were more comfortable around water w me, etc. As a former lifeguard (and instructor) at a water park I can confidently say swimming is an INVALUABLE skill! Too many times I've had to rescue kids (and adults!) in often shallow water bc they made dangerous assumptions about water safety.

PRO TIP: When swimmy shopping for Toby, make sure to go w a Coast Guard Approved lifevest/floatation device (type II and III are great for kid activities); they ensure the wearer floats face-up,something your standard swimmies don't always guarantee.

amber said...

My aunt taught swim lessons at the YMCA and my grandparents had a pool so I learned to swim (aka doggy paddle) around 2. Turned out to be a life saver when I dove in around age 3 and managed to make it to the edge as my grandpop was jumping in to save me. Growing up in FL, drowning was always at the for front on my parents minds.

Exhaustipated said...

I'm not sure when I learned to swim, pretty early. I remember having to prove I could swim the width of the pool at a day camp when I was probably 4.I grew up in Florida and we were in pools or at the beach constantly, weather permitting.

My son turned 3 y.o. in April and can do a decent doggy paddle and a somewhat spastic underwater crawl. My husband and I started taking him to pools when he was 4 months. At first we focused on back floating, of course. I think he had his first official lesson at around 18 months. He's been taking class on and off ever since. He was never afraid of water, a blessing and a curse, so we were very focused on making sure he could survive if he jumped/fell into a body of water.

Ms. Shypoke said...

I could swim before I could walk according to my mom.. we lived in Florida.. I can't rememeber learning to swim at all.. apparently I just dolphined around in the pool and in the shallows of the beach with no particular instruction. I do remember learning "strokes" when I was a little older.. maybe 6 years old.. my younger brother had a complete aversion to putting his face in the water.. that garnered him the nick name turtle that summer.. no matter what they did he wouldn't put it in the water. That summer my mom had hired one of the local lifeguards at our apartment pool in Alexandria to teach us more skills.. I didn't get much attention because of the turtle.. lol.

I think it's crazy for kids to not know how to swim.. such an important skill.. I would never be comfortable near or on the water if I wasn't confident that I could at least float!

On another note.. I am not thrilled with heights and that pool edge reall freaks me out.. that probably would bother me more than anything!

Meg said...

So true about any depth of water posing a danger to kiddos! One other thing I've observed as a lifeguard is super-nervous parents making their kids ALWAYS wear a lifevest which is fine as long as their supervised. If a toddler w little arm strength falls face first into shallow water the lifevest can actually impede his/her ability to stand up (and therefore drowning is a risk even w a vest).

Paige said...

We are teaching our 18 month old right now and he is so comfortable in the water so I'm glad we got on the ball with lessons. I learned how to swim before 2 since we live in Arizona and pools are everywhere!

Estela Rueda said...

I learned to swim at a very young age, probably 3 yo, but I was lucky to be the first grandkid and had 2 single aunts and an uncle who thought I was their little pet, so I had their undivided attention during the summers and they taught me all kinds of things. Including the lyrics to the Beatles songs before I was 2.
My soon had his first swimming (waddling) lessons before he was a year old, later at the age of 3 he started formal swimming lessons and he learned rather quickly. He's 10 yo now, and swimms better than me.

Molly said...

These photos are lovely! It looks like an amazing pool too. I think I learned to swim at age 3 or 4. I vaguely remember going to a swimming camp or swim lessons. That video really is fascinating too.

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xo Molly

Mary Beth said...

OMG, Joanna--these pictures take the cake. So so cute!

eljohnny said...

I was probably 2 or 3, like Toby, when I started swimming. They had a "mommy and me" type swimming group at our local pool and my mom took me there. I remember walking along a platform they had that ran a couple of feet under the water around the deep end and accidentally stepping off of it. That was the first time I had ever been fully submerged in water where I could not touch the ground. Surprisingly enough I was not freaked out at all. I took all the swimming lessons I could before they started the lifeguard training program. It was a lot of fun and a lot of work but it makes you feel confident in water and in the higher swimming lessons you learn cpr and other first aid techniques.

One scarring moment from early swimming lessons was the day I refused to go down the water slide because I was scared and one of the male lifeguards pushed me down against my will. I was horrified and had never been so upset with a stranger before hahaha.

Georgia Christakis said...

I learned at about 3 years old, since we had a pool and live in Florida, surrounded by water. It was a good thing, too: when I was 4 I was swimming around at the deep end on a kick board after a lesson while my mom and swim instructor were chatting. I fell off and went right under. Because I was under water I didn't make much noise and my mom didn't hear me. Luckily I grabbed the side of the pool as we were taught and screamed bloody murder!

moral: watch your kids, and teach them EARLY, especially if you live near a body of water. It's SO important here in Florida.

Nina Leung said...

I agree that it's so important to teach kids to swim. I started lessons at 4, but didn't get comfortable in the water until I was 6, but I've always felt confident around water because of it. I don't swim much at all anymore, but even so, I started my now 4 year old in lessons at 17 months. He doesn't mind going under water and is almost comfortable. It's such a great gift to give your child.

Heather said...

I know 0 people with a roof top pool in NY. Now how can I become friends with your friends LOL

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cora87rs said...

what are you waiting for rebeka? :)

Megan Ritchey said...

Ohmygoodness, these are great pictures! Toby in that third picture, staring at the camera!

Abigail McFee said...

That pool looks like a dream! My twin sister and I started off doggy-paddling in a lake nearby our house when we were maybe four years old, and we took our first swim lesson when we were 5 or 6. My sister didn't care for it at first, but I loved learning to swim and made a good friend in my class to practice with. I think that water is such an intrinsic part of our lives, and learning to swim and love water at a young age is a wonderful gift.

Laura Bear said...

Wow that really is fascinating about babies floating. I learned to swim about the time I learned to walk. I think it is super important and a wise investment for lessons.

Lovely photos and a lovely dress!

Liz said...

This is great! I'm so jealous of your swimming and rooftopping.

I didn't go to a proper swim class until grade school and by then I was way to fearful to stick my head under water. I still hate to put my head underwater 25 years later, though I can decently "swim" enough that I would not drown if I was in a capsized boat at the lake (my only fear about kayaking every year when we go).

Shauna El said...

I learned to swim very young, I was born in a beachside town in Australia so it was essential to learn to swim. My family really believes in swimming lessons especially since my nephew drowned at teh age of 3 (despite swimming lessons he's always hated swimming).
I was a swim teacher through University. and I can tell you 2-4 year olds are the fastest learners and will have some of the funnest lessons. Some of the things that they during lessons will have you laughing so hard its difficult to keep the lesson going.

Andrea in Italia said...

Oh no!I ordered for the first time from honest company this weekend. :( Wish I knew about the coupon code. I got the sunscreen because my 7-month-old has such sensitive skin. I am excited to give the products a try.

Alice said...

My parents felt it was important to learn to swim from a VERY early age- I know I could swim 25 meters unaided (no armbands, holding the side, touching the floor, or adults) by the age of 6. My four year old sister also swims without armbands now too! I think it's SUCH an important life skill, so good that you're teaching Toby so early. After all, it's the only sport that can literally save your life! xx

Ms. Magpie said...

I don't remember ever not knowing how to swim. I suppose we learned from the time we were babies, and I plan to do the same with my own kids. Nevertheless, my mom made us take swimming lessons every summer until we were in junior high, probably just for the exercise!

Shayla LaFreniere said...

I LOVE these photos!

Meredith said...

I teach swim lessons; 3 is the youngest they'll actually get something out of the lessons, so you're starting at the right time. 5 is usually the youngest they'll be able to swim independently in the water. I can't remember NOT knowing how to swim; I think I learned early on and joined swim team at age 7.

Lisa Pappalardo said...

Baha! His faces are priceless!

xo Lisa
Making Life's Lemons

Lizzie Polish said...

I learned at 3 and by the time I was 4 I was a pretty strong swimmer and my kids were the same way. We put our kids in sailing lessons the summer before kindergarten and you can't do that unless they can swim. A life jacket isn't enough. We definitely got our kids into the water way before that though. I can't believe there are adults who can't swim.

08317860-d214-11e2-93a1-000f20980440 said...

I read an article this weekend in my local UK paper about an organisation that teaches babies from about 10 weeks old and up. Seems really early to me, but the people running it say it saves lives. (It's called Water Babies - unsurpisingly!) I think I was about 7 when I learnt, and 28 years later, I still love the feeling of getting into the pool and doing a few lengths. There's something really great about swimming outdoors though.

Melissa Blake said...

I honestly still can't swim very well. I mostly like to just splash around!

p.s. that water looks so refreshing! :)

Katie Pawlowski said...
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Melissa said...

I learned at a very early age and continued with lessons up until my 12 birthday. I think it is something soooo essential for children to learn, regardless of the context they are growing up. It did also instiled confidence in myself and swimming abilities that has stayed with me into adult hood. :)

juliakleiner said...

my parents would bring my to public pools when i was still a teeny weeny, which was great because by the time i got into kindergarden at age 3 i could swim pretty well. the kindergarden i went to in germany offered swim classes as well. in primary school we had swim classes once a week as part of the p.e. classes. so much fun! we were encouraged from an early age to get swim badges for swimming and diving, and most of my classmates and i received our first badges called "Seepferdchen" (sea horses) by the time we were 6 or 7. our moms would sew the badges onto our swim suits for every one to see. there were even badges for the children who couldn't swim (or couldn't swim that well); they would do "the wade" and wade across the knee-deep water so no one would be left out during swim class.

Divya Bajaj said...

Love this post Joanna! I love the honest company for myself and my 2 year old. But I NEED to know - WHERE did you get those towels?? That yellow duck towel is gorgeous. I must have it. :)

Giulia said...

I was about 10 months...I'm not joking. My mother was a competitive swimmer (& a lifeguard) & tried out for the Tokyo Olympic trials. So our situation was unusual (for that time). Swimming is so important...very glad to read that Toby & pal will learn this summer. It's essential.

bloomiet@gmail.com said...

My son has been in swim lessons since he was 1 and I wish we had started even earlier! He is now 2 and has graduated to the second level at our swim school. Living in California where so many friends and family members have pools it is so important to teach kids to swim for their safety.

bloomiet@gmail.com said...

My son has been in swim lessons since he was 1 and I wish we had started even earlier! He is now 2 and has graduated to the second level at our swim school. Living in California where so many friends and family members have pools it is so important to teach kids to swim for their safety.

sumslay said...

I'm 31 and still don't know how to swim properly. :\ I took *many* summers of swim lessons, but I'd loose all my courage by the next summer. I think getting them in young is the key. I was like 7, and by then, I was in full yellow-belly mode. ;)

Mary Kate said...

My sisters and I all learned to swim before we learned to walk! We grew up at the beach (Jersey shore) so it was really necessary for my mom's peace of mind...

Michelle Panting said...

What a great way to beat the New York heat! Swimming is such a natural but important thing for children to learn!

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Sydney said...

What a neat pool!

Amanda Regan said...

I don't remember not knowing how to swim. I've been in the water forever. So have my two kids. At 4 and 5 they are both confident and competent in the water. Both started swimming lessons with an instructor and no parent at 3.

natalienoods said...

I was in a swim class at age 5/6 but it was in the mornings and I would refuse to get in the water because of the chill. I ended up teaching myself to swim in Lake Erie the summer I turned 7.

Alex said...

I could swim before I could walk. Growing up South Florida it was necessary because there was water everywhere. I think my parents had us in what they called "Drown-proofing" lessons as soon as we were crawling. I'm not kidding - that's really what they were called.

Giulia said...

my parents brought me to my first swimming class when i was sixteen days old and i learned to swim before i learned to walk. that's why i've never been able to understand my little brothers', who didn't get swimming lessons until they were four or five, fear of water. i am a synchronized swimmer now, and i have to give credit (or blame, haha) my parents for that!

parisbeekids.com said...

Love these pictures, Toby looks so happy! We did our first class of bébé nageurs in Paris a few months ago, I thought Little Miss would take to it straight away but I think it was too noisy, so I'm looking forward to bringing her back soon so that she can get more accustomed to the pool environment.


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Alisha said...

I didn't learn to swim until I was 25! As a child (starting when I was a baby), I had constant ear infections. I had 5 different sets of ear tubes put in. Not only would it hurt horribly if I got water in my ears, but ear plugs hurt as well. I've been swimming for 5 years now and I'm still a little anxious, and it still hurts my ears!

Carrie Krohn said...

My sisters and I grew up swimming, but all took lessons at a relatively young age. I remember that I was always so nervous for the last day of lessons, not because of the swim test, but because the ritual was that when you successfully completed your level you had a swim mask full of water dumped over your head, a smack on the bum with a paddle board and a pretzel stick. I'm not a big fan of pretzels, so that snack didn't exactly make up for the (semi) corporal punishment. ;)

Ladies in Navy said...

super gorgeous pool!
kw ladies in navy

Nadya said...

I learned to swim before I could walk. I grew up right next to the sea (and a small pool) so we swam as a family everyday! My father taught us how to feel the currents in the sea so that we knew when to pop up for air and when to duck under to avoid a wave! I am always thankful that my parents taught us to be confident but cautious swimmers in open water.

amy said...

it's good to start early- I am a swim teacher and the kids who don't start til they're 5 or 7 or older are at such a disadvantage because they're so scared of the water!

Marj said...

I could keep myself afloat when I was 1.5 or 2 and started lessons not long after that in my grandparents' pool with one of my cousins. I grew up in the pool and at the beach and there was NO way my parents weren't making sure that I was strong enough swimmer to make drowning highly unlikely. Its a crucial skill to me, and I can't imagine not teaching my kids to swim very early.

Joanna Goddard said...

@amy, that was me!

Joanna Goddard said...

thanks for your sweet comments! and @divya, the duck towel was from the Gap. they only have a shark one now: http://www.gap.com/browse/product.do?vid=1&pid=579093012

but here's a cute duck towels:
http://www.worldmarket.com/product/duck-hooded-wrap.do?camp=ppc%3AGooglePLA%3Anone%3A40004171579adwords_groupingKids_Robes&device=c&network=g&matchtype=&gclid=CI6VhLfX2rcCFQyk4AodPwcAmA

onechicklette.com said...

Cute Toby!

My parents signed me up for swim class when I was just two. It was in large part because Mom didn't know how to swim so she wanted me to be safe and not scared. To this day, if I detect a hint of chlorine I feel so nostalgic. I love swimming.

Amanda Sena said...

That pool is amazing! Btw, I'm a new reader of your blog. I love all your posts! And your son is super precious : )

Sharon Nobles said...

the swimming pool is very nice and so cute baby in pic

Jana @ 333 Days of Hand Lettering said...

Dry drowning can be a problem too-As a mom, I would recommend reading about it or watching the 60 minutes special.
Jana

Julianna Marie said...

If only roof top pools existed in Southern Manitoba, Canada. I love swimming, my all time favourite activity, and I would be thrilled to find a place that had one I could afford in general, let alone a roof top pool!

Oh well, some things we must keep for vacations.

Also, I started swimming at age 2, and took lessons until I was 13.

Meaghan said...

Sorry, I don't have kids, so maybe this is a dumb question - but kids swim in diapers? What if they, uh, poop? Does it stay in the diaper or get in the pool? Because as an occasional pool user, ick.

Keren, rhymes w/ Heron said...

I have a friend with a rooftop BBQ and garden in NYC. I feel bad because sometime I contact her JUST for her outdoor space. Only in New York City...

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Sarah Scott said...

I was 15 when I learned to swim. I learned by jumping into the deep end and hoping I made it back up. (There were friends there to help me if I didn't.) I did! I've felt confident getting in the deep end ever since, but I'm still not that great of a swimmer. Ah, well!

The Ludwigs said...

I taught Cole to swim when he was 2, and Lulu - 17 months - will probably learn this summer. http://lovetheludwigs.com/2012/08/07/swimming-tips-for-toddlers.html

celesteandpearl.blogspot.com said...

Great tip; we agree!! Early swimming lessons are a must. And love the frog and duck towels!

Warmest,
LIz and Lo

RoselyC said...

I learned when I was about 5. My brother and I used to love the water. My son is 11 and today was his first day of swimming lessons. I highly recommend teaching your kids at a young age. The older they get the more easy it is for them to freak out. Mine is freaking out big time. :s

diane elizabeth g. said...

How cute are those hoodie towels! ^_^ Sadly, it's true that drowning is the 2nd leading cause of death for kids. I spotted this article just last week and it is a MUST READ for anyone who likes to be in water, has kids who love to be in the water, or just everyone actually, period :)

"Drowning doesn't look like drowning.

Drowning is almost always a deceptively quiet event. The waving, splashing, and yelling that dramatic conditioning (television) prepares us to look for, is rarely seen in real life.
...It is the number two cause of accidental death in children, age 15 and under (just behind vehicle accidents) – of the approximately 750 children who will drown next year, about 375 of them will do so within 25 yards of a parent or other adult. In ten percent of those drownings, the adult will actually watch them do it, having no idea it is happening (source: CDC)."

Read on for tips on what to look out for (VERY helpful!)

http://mariovittone.com/2010/05/154/

diane elizabeth g. said...

Odd, the link isn't clickable...but I guess you can just copy-paste it :) Love your blog btw, I just don't get to comment so much ^_^ I have 2 sons, Raph who is 2 1/2 (exactly 6 months younger than Toby, he was born day after Christmas!) and Nate who is now 1 year and 2 months :) Your stories of Toby reflect so much on my own toddler hehe, and Toby being 6 months older, it makes me anticipate what to expect in the coming weeks!

apeaceofperu said...

Love to swim! I actually can't even remember learning how to swim, that's how early it was. I spent every summer on the swim team growing up, and then the high school team. It's so important everyone know at least enough to save themselves.

Nicole Michelle Centers said...

Do they make frog towels for adults?

;)

Nicole
www.eleganceandclutter.blogspot.com

Kimberly said...

I hated water when I was little! But my mom started me in swim lessons when I was a toddler and made me take them EVERY year until I was 12. I'm so grateful she did! Although I'll never be the fish my sister is (she swims competitively), I do know all the strokes and can even flip turn (if forced). Learning how to swim is so important, and makes pool parties and lake trips way more fun :).

Becky-lee said...

I have a 10month old who does swimming lessons every week he's been going to the pool since about 4 months old, it's one of his favorite things, Im pretty sure it was the same for me? Not sure if I did lessons but I can't remember not bring able to swim ever.

Lindsay Himmer said...

I dont even know how little I was when I took my first swim lessons, probably a toddler. I have always loved to swim so I started my daughter in swim lessons at 7 months. She just turned 1 and we just started our second round of swim lessons. I think it is a VERY important life skill to learn to swim. My daughter doesnt mind getting her face wet and she loves being in the water.

I think that video is part of the ISR swim program. I wish we had one near us, I think it looks like an amazing program.

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Alice said...

So cool! Given that I never got to experience swimming in a rooftop pool, I feel like I was deprived as a child! Then again, I suppose I wasn't living in New York where all the buildings are stories and stories high :)
Nonetheless, that gives me another goal to add on my bucket list.

Everything about this post is absolutely adorable. Always glad to see more kids learning to swim, especially given all the statistics regarding drowning. Having learned to swim pretty young and then having then competitively swam for more than a decade, I can say that I definitely appreciate being able to swim and everything that it ever taught me.
Good luck with the swim lessons this summer :)

~Alice
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Mandy Byron said...

I wrote a post yesterday morning (in Germany) on the exact same article about swimming at www.wethreemothers.blogspot.com . Crazy. My husband sent me the article and I couldn't get over the number of people who don't know how to swim and that so many kids die from drowning. Really scary stuff. I was 5 or so when I learned, and LOVED the lessons. Hoping to teach my son as fast as possible. He can doggie paddle great, but he HATES to get his head wet (mostly because of the eyes).

Sarah Searle said...

My nephews have been in swimming lessons "water babies" since they were a few months old. Last summer on a family holiday I remember watching the then 18 month old jump fearlessly the pool and doggy paddle to the side laughing the whole way. We are adopting a 6 month old (he arrives in 3 weeks!!) and water babies is the first class I've signed him up to

Kadri said...

I was lucky to have a kindergarten that had a small swimming pool and swimming lessons. So basically I learned how to swim in the kindergarten, around age 3-4. After that my dad took me with him to the bigger pools and somehow it came naturally.

I fully agree that it's important to teach your kids to swim. The sooner the better!(and less painfull for them,since the older they get the harder it gets I think)
It's not just fun, it's also their safety, like you said.

PS! Toby looks so cute:))

Mina said...

Those baby/toddler swimming videos are amazing. I think it's so cool that they can learn to call for help and rest floating on their backs and swim to a ledge to hold on to. Our babies started baby swim classes at around three months old with great success. With our first we unfortunately had a long gap after the first few months of swimming, and he (now 2.5 years old) is more cautious in the water now. Our littlest is ten months old and has been swimming since 11 weeks. He is a maniac in the water and is really starting to pick up some skills! Swimming with the babies has been one of the most enjoyable things we have done together and I really really hope it pays off for them later!

reread said...

Wow, what a cool pool!

Sammi said...

I am a huge advocate for teaching children to swim young! It's definitely a life skill. I think the most important thing is not to panic around water, and that alone is what saves lives. Kids drown because they don't know what to do.
I can't remember not swimming. I've always been able to, though as I've got older I like going under the water less (though I think that has to do with the problems I have with my ears more than anything).

Mariana Reis said...

I started when I was 6 and my sister was 3 because our doctors wouldn't write a document saying we didn't have any problems, as my sister was so young (and that document is required in Portugal, btw, I don't know about the US). Though, my kids will probably start when they're 4 or 5 and maybe have some "fun lessons" when they are smaller than that :))

Pascale said...

Love these pics! I learnt to swim around 4 years old, but when my brother was born we had moved to a house which entirely surrounded the pool so he had to start with swimming lessons asap, so at 3 months he had his first lesson and he was swimming before he could actually walk. Drowning was too high a risk with every room door leading on to the pool.
xx
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Zachary and Clare said...

Love it! In Australia, swimming lessons are mandatory from age 6, schools usually organise busloads of kiddos to get dropped off at the local pools. It's a rite of passage :) I love those early morning swimming lesson memories. I bet Toby's going to love it, too! xoxo Clare

Lynne Harris said...

I sent my daughter for lessons when she was 6 months old. Living in South Africa - it is important to teach swim safety as water is all around them in summer - we spend our lives in the swimming pool. At such a young age they are really just teaching them safety. So if they fall in a pool they are able to turn around, grab the side and even get out (as they get a little older). She is now two and can swim a few meters under water. Its incredible. They love it and I would recommend early lessons to everyone - it teaches water confidence and safety. Lynne x

Caro said...

My family used to go to a public pool a lot so I think I learned how to swim the summer before I turned 6. Though funnily I was able to swim underwater first. I swan like a fish and was so happy but when I was supposed to put my head above the water I turned into a dog and paddled around until I was underwater again.. And don't sweat it.. I think I've read somewhere that really young children aren possible to coordinate all the movements of swimming. But it's still good to make them familiar with water so they gain confidence.

Susan said...

My mom took me "swimming" when I was still a baby, I got real swimming lessons, with certificate's and all, around the age of 4. That's when you learn to swim under water, with clothes on and too dive. In my teens I was on the local lifeguard club. I don't really know how to call it, but we went once a week and learned all kinds of stuff, how to rescue someone in diffent styles, diving things from the bottom of the pool, swimming true hoops (My favourite) swimming under water, condition swimming. It always was a lot of fun. It gave us, me and my sister great swimming and diving skills. On vacations we had a lot of parents worried about us because we were able to stay under water like 3 minutes, where we were diving plastic toys of the bottom of the pool. (we would trow a bunch in and had to get as many as possible out in one breath.)
Later on I trained young kids myself. As long as you make it fun, they are able to amase you. A kid so afraid of going under the surface, a few games to ease her into it and at the end of the session she was diving of the edge of the pool. (okay that was a one on one session with a kid I knew well. But still)

Jen (Pink) Williams said...

I had a bad swim instructor as a child who would just toss me in and I would sink not knowing what to do. Freaked me out so much that I never really learned to swim. I can manage a doggie paddle, tredding water and a side stroke, but little floating going on. Terrible! So I'm on a mission to have my son learn at an early age. He's 4 now and swim lessons really clicked this year for him. He's swimming under water on his own, jumping in, and loving it. Now if I could just master floating...:)

Abby said...

I learned to swim when I was pretty young--took lessons in elementary school, and I was doggy-paddling with floats at 3 or 4. But diving has always freaked me out! I hated it in lessons, and I refuse to do it now. Something about going headfirst into the water is so scary!

Lelly said...

australians learn to swim as part of the school curriculum... maybe because there are so many dangerous things in the water, you really need to know how to swim away fast! i never really thought that other places didn't place such a high importance on learning to swim...those are the little things i love about other cultures!

Wendy Wainwright said...

I remember swimming lessons in preschool and the second grade but I didn't really learn LEARN until the summer after 6th grade I think. Which is pretty old considering we were living in Los Angeles! I had gone to summer camp the summer before out on Catalina Island and had the very embarrassing experience of having to wear a "red cap." They evaluated everyone's ability and then you had to wear a swimming cap to identify you. I was one of 2 red caps. Considering how much time we had spent at the beach my whole childhood it hadn't really occurred to me that I couldn't really swim. The red cap swimming was in the ocean...anyway I remember going home and telling my mom I wanted swimming lessons. That said I wound up teaching swimming for a summer job until I graduated from college. I don't expect to teach my own children although we'll see. I only have a baby boy and he is only 8 months. I do pour water over his head and in his face during his bath and so far he doesn't mind. He is also comfortable "playing" in the waves at the beach. I would like to do a "mommy and me" class but my husband is in the military and we are overseas and I don't believe they have that here!

kaela said...

I don't really remember. I remember taking and loving lessons in the kiddie area of our public pool. It wasn't until we were supposed to move to the deeper area (3 ft) that I freaked the F out. My parents were good about not forcing me into anything so that was the end of thooooose lessons. I don't remember when/how I learned to swim but I did. I know that I was swimming fine in 2nd grade so it was still relatively early. Strange that I don't remember....I'll have to ask my parents!

fancyalterego said...

I didn't learn to swim until I was 10 years old. My mother couldn't swim (still can't), and she was always too nervous to take us anywhere to learn...that is, until we moved from Ohio to Arizona. Then we pretty much taught ourselves to swim out of necessity (aka getting to go to the deep end).

I later became a lifeguard and swimming instructor, and when I have kids, I plan to get them out there as soon as I can. Swimming is a life skill everyone should have, and makes everyone more at ease in the water (kids and parents alike). It also opens you up to a lot more fun as a kid, since you won't end up on the sidelines at the family lake parties or pool parties...which, trust me, sucked hardcore!

Champagne Sunday said...

I'm starting with my girl this fall and she'll be a little over 1 yr old - I wish we could've done it when she was younger but I never found time. Floating babies look so peaceful don't they? Even at my age, I don't feel comfortable in the water and I want to make sure my daughter doesn't suffer the same problem - because I love going to the beach!

Cheers!
KC,
www.mychampagnesunday.com

Gardise said...

Me and a neighbour kid in Berlin were taken to pre school swim lessons when just 4 as my parents had to face, I got to quick disappearing on explorer tracks or into the ocean, which usually I just did not want to leave for hours and hours as soon as we set foot on the beach every time, they thought if they at some point didnt keep up I would be in danger of drowning;). My teacher did not have to do much with me, as I had jumped in the deep end the first minute the first day and just kept on swimming til the end once I got the moves, she sometimes forgot me at the end of the lesson and remembered me when the next guys already were halfway through theirs... .

I just love the water, even in my very least sporty times (adolescence) and of course now I go about twice a week for my 1-2 km "dip" and just picked up kite surfing, my body is celebrating and so relaxed every time. But I especially love it in summer in the ocean, when you can float on your back looking up into the clouds or closing your eyes just "going with the flow";b.

Have not got kids yet, but every young parents I know, keep going on about baby lessons, I am sure I will go for these, when I have my own:D. xg

Gardise said...

Me and a neighbour kid in Berlin were taken to pre school swim lessons when just 4 as my parents had to face, I got to quick disappearing on explorer tracks or into the ocean, which usually I just did not want to leave for hours and hours as soon as we set foot on the beach every time, they thought if they at some point didnt keep up I would be in danger of drowning;). My teacher did not have to do much with me, as I had jumped in the deep end the first minute the first day and just kept on swimming til the end once I got the moves, she sometimes forgot me at the end of the lesson and remembered me when the next guys already were halfway through theirs... .

I just love the water, even in my very least sporty times (adolescence) and of course now I go about twice a week for my 1-2 km "dip" and just picked up kite surfing, my body is celebrating and so relaxed every time. But I especially love it in summer in the ocean, when you can float on your back looking up into the clouds or closing your eyes just "going with the flow";b.

Have not got kids yet, but every young parents I know, keep going on about baby lessons, I am sure I will go for these, when I have my own:D. xg

tamara muth-king said...

This is a great post! Swimming is a life skill, but parents please don't assume that just because your children have had swim lessons that they are still water safe, and don't need to be watched like a hawk at a pool or an open body of water. The reason that kids, with swim lessons are still susceptible to drowning is because they panic. If they happen to fall into a pool or pond clothed, and are startled, and swallow water, they begin to panic. Also, older kids in a pool can create a wake that makes youngers choke on water as well. Drowning victims don't necessarily look like they are thrashing about. Read this: http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/06/11/2954773/what-drowning-really-looks-like.html Small children, even when "water safe" should always be within arms reach. If anyone lives near open water, look into United States Lifeguarding Association Junior Lifeguard programs, for your children aged 9 and above. They are all around the country, and actually train kids in the skills of life saving in open water. It's amazing how many Junior Lifeguards have saved themselves from dangerous situations, or saved someone else, like a sibling, on very crowded summer days. Stay safe out there, and enjoy the water!

This is Belgium said...

does not have to be a rooftop one
any pool would do
greetings from brussels where I have not one friend with a pool

Gina said...

My mom brought me to the pool for the first time when I was six months, and she says I used to enjoy so much I usually cried when they took me off the water!

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Anna Woodward said...

I was born in Florida and lived there my frist 8 years. I vividly remember a swim class when I was about 2 or 3 where our parents held us and we had to put our mouths right above the water and blow this little bobbly ball over to its other side. Besides that, I never took swimming lessons, but we had a pool in our backyard so everyone in the family took turns teaching me things. My sisters are largely responsible for me being able to swim (and dive!), as they are 5 and 10 years older than me and were already good swimmers. I was such a water baby-- constantly in the pool!

lauren. said...

i think learning to swim is very important and plan to start our son at 5-6 months. i swam competitively from age 7-18.

Katrina said...

My baby is 7 months and she has been in swimming since 5 months. She loves it!

Casey said...

We had this rule at my university too. The legend was that it was so if NY was attacked, we could swim across the Hudson River to save ourselves, and that the engineering students didn't have to take it because they could just build a boat. Your school's reason makes a bit more sense ;).

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suzy said...

In Australia we are surrounded by water so we generally learn to swim at birth lol ;)It is really important though because as they say, it doesn't take much water to drown in.

Flo~ said...

I was surprised to read through the comments and not see more people say that they had to take mandatory swim lessons in public school, too. I grew up in Norfolk, Virginia (U.S.), and swim lessons were mandatory in the 4th grade--Norfolk's a beach town with a huge naval base, so it makes sense. But by then I was a decent swimmer--I took swim classes when I was 5 or 6, and our family liked going to the beach and boat fishing. I live in NYC now--I'm gonna have to find a pal with a gorgeous rooftop pool one of these days. :)

INTRDAYTIPS said...

Kids have to learn swimming because after certain age very difficult to learn anything . NIce posting & thanks for sharing.

Libby said...

Young children can, in fact drown in less than two INCHES of water (far less than the two feet quoted). Drowning awareness is very big here in Australia, as so many people have pools or live close by beaches and rivers. It is really important to teach your kids to swim as soon as you can. We decided against infant swim classes for my daughter, and at 4.5 she still cannot swim despite 6 months of weekly swimming classes with only 2 in the class. We have signed her younger sister up at 18 months for baby swim classes. They are more water awareness at this stage, but are hoping she can swim by 3.

krisel keeper said...

Our 15month old just finished her first season of ISR http://www.infantswim.com. She can now swim, float and roll over to float from being face down in the water. Annika our 5 year old did the program. She is an amazing swimmer. i couldn't recommend the program more for its true safety of water for babies and children. We have a pool at home and my family lives in Fla. I felt it was very important for us. An added bonus is seeing the immense confidence this brings out in such tiny little people.

hardcoversandheroines.com said...

My mother had me in the water with her at 3 months and I started taking swimming lessons before I was two. I can't remember a time when I didn't know how to swim, which is great because I was never scared of water.

Carol-Ann Langley said...

In Australia babies go to swim classes as young as 6 months. They at least teach them how to hold their breath and not panic if they fall in water, and to make their way to the edge. I don't know what age I learnt to swim, we had a pool in our backyard that I always swam in, but it wasn't until I was about 7 or 8 that I had formal lessons where I learnt how to do all the types of strokes. Kids can drown in such a short time, and now it's law in Australia that all backyard pools have to have fences around them.

John Rouqa said...

This is the great blog and nice images post about in swim program. Swimming are very difficult task to kids, swimming teaching classes are most important to kids. Thanks.

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