The first time that I took Chick swimming I think she was about 8 weeks old and just looked sooooo cute in her little tiny swimsuit. I'm not sure if it's because she started so early but she's always loved swimming even though she was never overly confident. Swimming lessons are mandatory at school and actually her confidence has grown a lot since she started with the lessons, which is fabulous.
Recently Speedo have set up a new Sea Squad learn to swim project, which is obviously aimed at getting parents and children to learn to swim. The website is full of useful bits and pieces and has a section just for kids where they can play games, print off posters and door hangers, join the Sea Squad themselves or learn all about water safety. Rebecca Adlington (Olympic gold medallist) also lends her support and gets involved with the site. Chick and I love that it's so bright and colourful.
As part of the learn to swim site Speedo can e-mail you advice about teaching your children to swim depending on what stages they may be at, from babies onwards. There are three levels starting with 'Start Splashing' and then moving onto 'Start Swimming' and finally 'Get Confident'.
To help with Chick's confidence, Speedo sent us a kick board and some cool dive sticks which we've been using at the pool. I did try and get a sneaky shot at the pool but the lifeguard saw me and told me off (whoops!!) so we had to take a picture at home instead:
More information can be found over at the Speedo website.