WHY SIGN YOUR CHILDREN UP FOR A WATER-BABIES CLASS?

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WHAT IS WATER-BABIES?

It is an activity designed for young children accompanied by their parents. It is regulated by the circular n°75141 of 3 June 1975 by the Ministry for Youth and Sports, and is subject to a few conditions:

  •  The water in the pool must be heated to 32°
  •  The water must have been backwashed and cleaned twice
  •  The activity must be led by a specialist
  •  The pool must be suitable and adapted for children.

WHEN CAN I SIGN UP MY CHILD?

Water-babies can start from the age of 4 months, provided that the child has had their 2 obligatory vaccinations: DTCP and BCG (the MMR is nevertheless recommended). There is no maximum age. Some associations authorise children up to 6-7 years.

 

It is recommended that the children have a diet that is adapted to the activity. Ideally, they should be fed before the activity with a bottle of milk for example and after coming out of the water they should be given something sweet such as a fruit juice for example.


WHAT IS THE AIM?

The water-babies activity above all is designed for parents to spend some quality time with their children. There is no technique for learning to swim and there is absolutely no focus on performance.

 

This activity enables children:

  • to discover their senses
  • to develop feelings of well
  • being and shared pleasure
  • to learn new skills appropriate to their particular stage of development
  • to gradually become more independent

 

In all cases, the presence of parents is obligatory.


THE VARIOUS STAGES OF LEARNING

The discovery of the aquatic environment is made up of 3 phases:

  • entering the water Immersion in the water depends on the age and the child's abilities, it is always gentle and gradual. The parents must accompany the child but they remain free to choose the situation (I look, I touch, I try...)
  • moving around During the first months, the children will naturally choose the dorsal position which offers them a wider field of exploration and action. Gradually they will discover how to turn over and move towards their friends.
  • immersion Immersion must never be sudden or forced because this can lead to anxiety. The children must be free to choose in order to gain from the experience and see it through to the end.


HOW TO SIGN UP?

We recommend choosing an association affiliated to FAEL - Fédération des Activités Aquatiques d'Eveil et de Loisirs (Federation of Beginners Aquatic Activities), recognised by the Ministry for Youth and Sport.

 

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