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Dear Kenneth

Which would be the perfect time for my child to learn Swimming ?

My Baby Son is 2 years, 6 months old.

I will enroll him to the nearest Swimming Club as per your guidance.

Generally, what would be the ideal time to learn Swimming ?

Awaiting your reply,

Thanks & Regards,
Prashant S Akerkar

Answer
Dear Prashant: the perfect time to  "introduce" your 2 & 6-month old son to any water-based program  is  (1) when your ready to make the commitment to be with him in the water on a scheduled basis without YOU communicating personal fear of water;(2) that medically your son is physically healthy, has no health issues that would  compromise his health; (3) Do your homework & visit a # of swimming  facilities that provide parent-infant water-orientation programs & pick the one you feel is best for your child. I use the phrase "parent-infant water-orientation programs" in place of "learn to swim" programs. At 2 yrs. old plus (months) your son's  skeletal muscle development and strength to actually learn swimming strokes is still too immature at this point in time; (3)in your investigations of child water orientation programs observe how parents are guided by swim instructors. Are the techniques used to provide water-orientation for both parent and child  effective meaning:  Do you observe learning going on in a very positive atmosphere? Do instructors intervene if  a baby demonstrates great distress? Are swimming aids provided if warranted or necessary? Is the instructor(s) in the water themselves providing assistance and showing parents proper techniques on 1 to 1 basis for your baby's lessons (& water immersion exercises). (4)Is the water clear and hygienically clean; is the water  temp. comfortable enough that  being in the water for  approx. 30 minutes (or less) at a time is not distressing for either you or your son. (5) Good Luck; a little crying in the beginning of the orientations is not unusual! Make it a fun experience. Picking the right facility is more than half the battle.

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Kenneth Pollock

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Based upon lifetime of teaching and practice in all aquatic areas: swimming, life-saving, acquacise, pool games/sports, water-based exercises for injuries to major parts of the body:legs, arms, trunk, hands, arms, shoulders, etc.A Advanced diving techniques 'I can't';'I won't.'I'll be able to answer and provide specific remedial techniques & activities in most of the above categories with 90%-95% proficieny. I should mention at least 10 yrs. experience in wellness-fitness classes for seniors and their juniors! (Includes me!)

Experience

Based upon the above overview and brief summary of my water skills and the teachings of them, I have taught or have been involved in these areas personally; that includes utilizing these techniques for self-injuries to my shoulders, knees i.e., torn maniscus. I have certs in teaching water-based movements for arthritics as well. My umbrella of teaching and "working" in these areas totals approximatley 40 years...

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Past history: Fitness/Wellness/Swim Instructor-20 yrs. Staten Island YMCA., 281 Broadway SINY. Presently: Part/Time Professor in Health/Phys ED at Kingsborough Community College, teaching both aquacise, water-based volley ball, Beginners, Intermediate, Advanced Swimming classes. Kingsborough C.C. address:2001 Oriental Blvd., B'klyn N 11235-25+ yrs.

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Education/Credentials
I have Masters Degree in Special Education. Almost 30 credits + in Physiology/Education from Columbia Univ., NYC (involves working with "challenged" populations with both/either mental and physical handicaps.

Awards and Honors
MY (RE)WARD IS BEING ABLE TO RETIRE FROM THE NYCBOE AFTER TEACHING AND EVALUATING CHILDREN/ADULTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS FOR 36 YEARS! THE HONOR I RECEIVED IN DOING SO WAS THE WONDERFUL RESPECT, THANKS FROM PEERS, STUDENTS, PARENTS & SUPERVISORS FOR SIGNIFICANT, POSITIVE CHANGES IN THEIR [CHARGES] AND LOVED ONES WHO HAD COME UNDER MY GUIDANCE AND TUTELEGE!

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