Puggles level is the Beginner level for children from 3 months old who are just starting their swimming journey. Puggles level is about being in the water with your child and enjoying that special time. You will learn the various holds, observing your child's reaction to being in the water and learning to read their non-verbal and verbal cues.
Puggles/Beginner classes start from 3 months old and are broken down into age ranges due to childhood developmental milestones.
Pups classes are Intermediate classes. We build on the skills they previously learnt in Puggles classes and introduce progressive practices and skills as appropriate for their age. By the time they start in Pups they will probably be moving confidently through the water using some form of swimming aid, learning to hold on, kicking their legs and are comfortable being splashed. In following the Birthlight teaching method I am sensitive to their individual abilities and there is no strict criteria for them to follow.
It's much nicer for them to develop in their own time in a fun and flexible way.
Platypus classes are Advanced level and therefore are only available to children who have already had several terms of swimming lessons. They don’t have to have done them with Puggles Swim School, but you need to provide evidence that they have had regular lessons for several terms. To be in Platypus classes they need to be really enjoying their lessons and happy in the pool, willingly and voluntarily submerging, have some safety awareness and be moving independently through the water - with or without swimming aids.
We can now really progress them with patience and encouragement.
How does my Child Progress?
> Learning how to swim is a skill and is achieved by constant repetition and it takes time and perseverance and you should expect to be in Adult and Child Classes for at least 3 years if starting with an infant.
> Puggles classes use lots of songs, colourful toys and movement. The lessons are child-focussed and there is no pressure to perform, thus ensuring you and your child have a positive and fun experience. I want you to enjoy this swimming and bonding time with your child.
> The lessons will change within the age ranges. An eight week old baby is foetal, the head is heavy proportionally to their bodies and they have weaker neck muscles. As they grow they are able to hold their heads up, hands can grasp toys, they can grip the poolside and their bodies naturally lengthen and straighten. All the while they also develop their land-based ability to roll over, sit, crawl and then walk. The progressive classes take this into account at each level so they only work within their physical ability levels.
> In Pups classes, whilst still working within their age groups, their skills are further developed so that they can splash, chase toys, learn to balance and swim using noodles/kickboards.
> Throughout all classes, as your child's confidence and ability increases so does our Safety Awareness
What happens after Platypus?
> Once your child has reached the age of 3-4, depending on your child, it will be time to move to independent lessons. By now we would expect them to be able to follow instructions, float, submerge and swim a short distance by themselves.
I aim, where possible, dependant on your individual child’s ability, to move children up to independent classes with our sister swimming school Seahorses Swim School by 3-4 years old. Seahorse Swim School and Puggles Swim School work very closely together to ensure your child has a seamless transition up to independent swimming lessons without you in the water.
> Seahorses Swim School and Puggles Swim School share a common philosophy about swim teaching and where possible your child will initially start their lessons with me and a Seahorse instructor to help them transition and to feel comfortable without you.