We recently moved to a bigger apartment complex which has swimming pool, play area etc. My son who is 2 years and 9 months old is very excited about the place. Most of the times he sticks to the play area playing with sand, sliders and swing. But sometimes he walks near to small fountains near kids area. It's a garden fountain and though it's just 10cm deep, he peeps in and tries to catch water. Also he wants us to take him near the swimming pool.
How much ever we explain, at that moment he says "no water". But he continues doing same next time.
He is not understanding the seriousness of water. We have not yet started teaching swimming to him. How to explain him about the dangers of water? At the same time we don’t want him to be afraid of the water as he has to learn swimming some time sooner. Please help me how to resolve this issue.
What I am thinking is if we allow him to the kids' pool with proper floaties, swim vests, or inflatable tubes and of course we will be present all time, he will enjoy and also he will be satisfied with water and stop pestering us by going near fountains and pools himself.
Please guide me if you have any other suggestions/tips. Also whats the right age to start swimming classes for him?