My name is Dillon the Duckling and like you I am just a baby and getting very excited about my very first swims. I shall help get you started and then introduce you to all of my lovely friends who will teach you so many new and exciting skills.
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The environment in which your baby learns is crucial when ensuring his/her first experience of water is a positive one. The relaxed and friendly atmosphere we aim to provide, coupled with the use of warm (in most cases, hydrotherapy), clean pools, should make the whole experience a pleasurable one for you both.
New skills are gently introduced and your baby will very quickly get used to short swims and submersions, taught using methods that are fun, using word association and repetition. Regular play breaks enhance the learning process. Amazingly, most babies will astound you with what they achieve in the first term, all with a little help from you, of course!
Well I am a baby duck and I start life out with my Mummy & Daddy and I have quite a few brothers and sisters. Mummy & Daddy will teach me all about swimming. I will have to learn like you, how to kick my legs to help me move in the water. Your Mummy or Daddy will be with you in the water while you learn just like mine.
Your swimming lessons, will be in lovely warm swimming pool water, so you don't get chilly. My Mummy lays her eggs in the spring so when I hatch from my egg, I can enjoy the warm water too in my lovely pond. Mummy's are special and my mummy works hard to look after me and my siblings. After the summer, when my pond water gets a bit cold, I will have grown my big feathers to allow me to fly south, to find somewhere with warmer water again. You are lucky, your pool will always be warm.
I like to eat insects, plants and some small fish too and I have to dive under the water to catch some of these. My Mummy teaches me how to swim and paddle on the water and when I am ready we learn to swim under the water too.
Your Mummy will show you how to dive like a duck, hee hee, in your swimming lessons too. When you start to have fun under the water, your teacher may take your photograph for you to have a very special memory of swimming under the water in your ducklings level. Next swim term, you will meet my cousin Sydney the Cygnet.