Yesterday, CC and I attended our first Parent & Tot swim class with my mom friend Stacey and her son Elijah. It’s run by the Berkeley Aquatics program at the warm pool at Berkeley High School and you can just pay $6.50 for drop in instead of signing up for a whole session. We had great fun! I think CC would have had more fun if he hadn’t been so tired; next time I have to make sure he gets a good nap in before we go.
The class started off with introductions while in the pool — LOTS of moms and a few brave dads. CC adjusted great to the water. He had fun splashing and floating on his back and tummy, that is, until he accidentally gulped down some pool water. That resulted in some gagging and crying, but it didn’t last long. (FYI – If your child accidentally swallows water and starts gagging, you’re supposed to raise his arms. Apparently it helps to clear their throat.)
After introductions, we sang a bunch of songs with actions, which involved lifting the babies in and out of the pool, walking in circles and a lot of splashing. Half an hour into the class, I was already pooped and thankful that CC is as small as he is. I don’t know how the parents with the 20-30lb babies were able to last so long. I guess it’s a good way to get in a workout.
The class ended with the instructor scattering a whole bag of bath toys throughout the pool. While the babies went around grabbing toys, the parents walked around and socialized like at a cocktail party. All in all, it was a great experience and I think we’ll definitely go again next week. I get to meet new people and get some exercise and CC gets to splash to his heart’s content…not bad for $6.50. The sight of CC in his little swim diaper…priceless!