Parent-Child-swimming is offered for each stage of life (from 2 months
up to 4 years).
Familiarity with water and learning to swim
Once the infant has become familiar with the water over its first three years of life, it will begin with first attempts of moving in the water ('dog'-paddling). The physical, coordinational, mental and motivational matureness to learn to swim independently, is developed by an infant around its fourth birthday. At this age an infant can participate in a swimming course without its parents, to aquire the badge of early swimmers (s.g. "Seahorse" , 25 m schwimming idependently, diving into the pool, fetching an object from the ground in shoulder-deep water). Not until aquiring the bronze badge ( 15 min swimming without a break, 1m-dive and diving 1,80 m in depth) the infant is a swimmer.
Providers and Costs
Parent-Child-classes are offered by different providers in Germany: Swimming-clubs, German Lifesavers Association (DLRG), family education centers, adult education centers, private (swimming-, sport-) schools or at public pools by the bath attendant. Inform yourself about the qualification of the instructor! The admission charge for the stay in the bath and the guided class vary between 5,- and 15,- Euro, due to the condition of the bath (quality, equipment) and the qualification of the instructor.
Preparation for the stay at the pool
Before signing up a swimming class/course, you should make your child familiar with the water temperature of the public pool (approx 32° C), by lowering the temperature of its domestic bath from 37° to 33°C. Also you should consult your pediatrician, wether your child can participate a swimming class/course from the medical viewpoint (some institutions demand a medical attestation). If your child is not in best health or is suffering from fever, contagious diseases it must not participate the class/course!