Those of you who follow me on social media might be aware that my daughter has been taking swimming lessons at Happy Fish Swim School (Wild Wild Wet). I have spoken about her trial class at Happy Fish @Stevens in this article here. She enjoyed that class so much that I ended up enrolling her for regular classes. I chose their WWW centre because it is closer to where I stay. This is one major advantage with Happy Fish- to help provide maximum accessibility to parents across the island, they have opened centres all over Singapore.
My baby girl has been going to Happy Fish for swimming lessons for almost three months now. She started her journey with Coach Emmanuel who helped her build solid foundations and is now flourishing with Coach George.
These lessons have become a special mom-daughter bonding time that we look forward to every week. Watching my baby girl learn and grow at a pace I did not see coming has been the highlight of my life these past few months. I have learnt a lot during these lessons too and today, I want to talk about the top 5 things I did not see coming out of Happy Fish Swim Lessons for my baby girl:
- Apparently, the more the merrier
Initially, I’d signed up for private classes because I thought private classes will be better as the baby will get undivided attention. However, later I chose to switch to group classes and I am glad that I did.
My daughter is a COVID baby. She was born at a time when isolation was normal, so I’d assumed that she might be socially awkward or even uncomfortable but at least in my baby’s case- it’s the opposite. She enjoys her classes with other kids and their parents around. She claps for her swim buddies when they achieve milestones and loves playing ball with them in the pool.
In fact, the only two classes where she’s cried so far were both when her buddies were absent! So, if you are planning to enrol your baby for an infant or toddler swim class at Happy Fish (Which by the way now is the best time for; check out the ongoing 15th Anniversary Super Sale here), I would strongly recommend going for group classes.
P.S. Added benefit- Group classes are cheaper!
- Kids are programmed to survive
Another thing that amazed me was how quickly and easily coaches at Happy Fish Swim School helped condition my baby to hold her breath underwater. Babies are actually smarter than we think and they come programmed to survive. Their instincts kick in quite quickly and they learn the ways of swimming efficiently with the right training.
- Swimming also teaches discipline
I was surprised to see that a 13-month-old could catch on to our energy so well and understand the importance of keywords. My little one has learned the discipline of waiting, getting ready, bracing, holding her breath, kicking and jumping into the water when asked. She understands the caution required inside the pool and practices it as guided by her Coach. This is a brilliant thing to experience as a parent.
- Tremendous cognitive and motor growth
Ok, I’ll be honest, this one was not completely unexpected. I had read about the benefits of water activities for babies and was kind of anticipating some advantages out of pool time but the pace at which she has changed since she started swimming has definitely amazed me. She has definitely become stronger, built a better appetite and developed emotional intelligence in the past few months.
- We were always good together, but now we’re great
I have never felt closer to my baby girl. This is arguably the most special outcome for me- naturally, our bond was always strong but now it feels like we are best friends, we are a team. She trusts me and she knows that when I am around, she can give anything a shot.
I guess that’s where her confidence comes from- her Coach on one side and her Mama on the other side- she can cross all channels and find her way 🙂
I am extremely thankful that I chose Happy Fish Swim School for my baby girl and I urge you to give it at least one shot- you’ll see what I am talking about! Find out more about their classes and centres at https://happyfish.sg