About Edison

Swim, swim, swim!


Constant sunshine and lazy weekends make for opportunities to bring our boy out for a swim. He loves being in a water, most of the time in the swimming pool in our apartment, and a couple of times at the beach.

I’ve been thinking lately what is the suitable age for our boy to start learning swimming. Most of the articles that I read suggested that 6 years old is a good age to start swimming because they are developed physically and mentally. Most of the medium sized pools are 1 meter deep, so they should be at least 1 meter in height.



As a start, we’re bringing him to the pool more often now to pick up skills such as breathing techniques, floating and water confidence. In fact, there are 3 swimming instructors who are conducting swimming lessons in our own apartment now. So, it isn’t difficult to find one for him.

However, the swimming lessons are mostly conducted on weekend morning as the pools are reserved for residents in the afternoon. I shudder to think of the icy cold water that our boy has to endure during his lesson.


At this point, I’m also considering swimming schools or private swimming instructors outside our apartment. If you have any recommendations, please drop me a comment. I love to hear from you. Thanks!


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    July 19, 2012 at 1:23 PM

    i think now is the perfect age to start ! i would opt for group swimming lessons rather than 1-1 , so that the kid can feel part of a group and make some friends. As for ice cold water, well , once you are in the water doing your kicks, you will be warm and snug. or you can suit him up in thermal swimwear on colder mornings. If Edison is already out for other enrichment classes on wkends, then having it at your home apartment would be much more convenient and relaxed ….

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      July 23, 2012 at 4:30 PM

      Hi SY,
      Yeah, I think I really need that thermal swimwear as the water is really cold in the morning. Even myself don’t dare to step in, haha!

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    July 22, 2012 at 2:06 PM

    My daughter was in a group swimming class for two terms. My initial thots were she will be less lonely and may look foward to swimming with her new found friends. After two terms, she made very little progress with her swimming and I also learnt that every child learns at a different pace. Thus, if your child is a fast learner, his/her progress will be slowed down/repetitive to keep pace with the rest of the group if the rest learn at a slower pace. I have since taken my daughter for one-to-one swimming lesson. Her progress is amazing in just 4 lessons!

    In term of cost, group swimming cost is $300/term (12 lessons) or $25/lesson. Private lesson is at $35/lesson. However, taking into consideration that my daughter’s progress is much faster now as the coach focuses only on one child, she will be able to swim independently before the end of 12th lesson. It is more cost effective than group swimming as my daughter still cant swim after 24 lessons with group.

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      July 23, 2012 at 3:43 PM

      Hi Shannon,
      Thank you so much for sharing this, I appreciate it. 🙂 I thought private lessons are at least $50/lesson, seems like it doesn’t differ much from group lessons. I’m going to check with the coaches in my apartment first to see if they still have slots for weekends.

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