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I am interested in hearing reviews of Harriet Plummer Aquatic School
and Sherman Swim School. I have checked the archives, but I am
particularly keen on hearing the two programs compared and contrasted
if anyone is familiar with both. The ''FAQs'' on the Harriet Plummer
website sounded as though they employ a bit of a ''tough love''
approach, but I don't know if that is actually the case. My
non-swimming yet water-loving son is almost 5 and can be tentative in
new situations. So, I just want to be sure he is as comfortable as
possible so that his associations with swimming are positive. Thanks.
harriet plummer and sherman swim are both in the east bay city of
lafayette, but from my experience at both, differ dramatically in
approach. i should mention that my parenting orientation is very
pro-child, and i try very hard never to make my children suffer
unnecessarily -- it bothers me to hear them cry.
with that in mind, your depiction of harrient plummer as the ''tough
love'' approach is consistent with my experience. my oldest child went
to one lesson there, actually one-half of a lesson there, before i
pulled him out 7 years ago. i was not comfortable watching my
child(ren) cry when being introduced to the water -- and was not
comfortable with the philosphy of HP.
sherman, by contrast, is much softer and gentler. they try to work with
children's innate water fears and support them. my children all went to
sherman and while it may have taken a bit longer to learn to swim than
at the HP sink or swim school, they never felt abandon or cried.
now many years later, they are little fish - loving water and having
fun, safe and secure. i would not recommend the HP method unless 1) you
have a strong constitution and do not have a problem with making your
child cry (at least for the short term) or 2) you have a child who is
VERY EAGER to put their face in the water and take off (in which case
you may not need lessons!)
I'm looking for swimming lessons for a 6 year old boy who
is particularly cautious around water. Are there any places that
are better (or worse) about helping children feel comfortable and
allowing them to set their own pace, but encouraging?
I heartily recommend Harriet Plummer Swim School in Lafayette.
It's just as you describe-a backyard pool with about 3 teachers
in the pool at one time. You sign up for a 4-day week (Mon-
Thurs) of 15 minute private lessons (only your child with the
teacher). The teachers are especially wonderful with fearful
swimmers, using very reassuring, calm, measured tones and a
variety of skill-building activities that are play-like. We
love the place. They offer lessons year-round, and in the
winter they tent the pool to keep the ambient air temperature
warm (the pool is kept at 92 degrees or so-nice and warm).
They're in the phone book!
I have a great recommendation for swim lessons in the
P.Hill area -- try Harriet Plummer's Swim School in
Lafayette. I too had a child who was very cautious around
water and one who was not. My older child (6) started swim
lesons at Little Dippers (which is not a swim club but a
swim school) and was doing beautifully -- loved the water,
was doing well ... UNTIL we went through a month where
she had a new teacher each week of the month. At about the same time, I
started my 3 year old there, who was quite nervous about
the water. From the start, she cried and got upset.
them both and we went to a new place. I am happy to say
that we are thrilled with the results. We now go to HARRIET
PLUMMER SWIM SCHOOL in Lafayette and both of my girls
swim across the pool and LOVE the water. My little one has
even begged to continue thru the fall! They are a touch more
expensive, but the instructors are loving, consistent and the
staff has mostly been there for a long time. You will not
regret it! Good luck --
Been there, done that!
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