For children of all ages, summer time is full of excitement and activities. Some of the most popular things to do in the summer revolve around water and swimming. When teaching your child to swim, remember these 7 important tips to make their experience as positive as possible!
- When your child is beginning to learn how to swim, starting slow is crucial. By introducing them to water in small degrees, you create a sense of comfort instead of fear about this new endeavor. A local pool is a great place to begin.
- Don’t tell scary water stories. This may seem obvious or silly, but your child needs to continue to believe that this is going to be a positive experience. Creating mental doubt can make learning anything increasingly difficult.
- Don’t force your child in the water if they are not comfortable yet. Address the issue(s) and remind them that you are always going to be there to help them. If they are afraid, embarrassed or uncertain about doing this, forcing them is just going to make them more upset. It is important to keep in mind that they will learn this new skill in their own time, not yours.
- Encourage your child to practice regularly, in order to solidify the things they have learned so far. Three of the most important things there is to know about swimming are proper breathing techniques, how to kick their feet, and how to float.
- Having the proper equipment can make learning significantly easier. Flotation devices, goggles, and eventually the addition of water toys can get children excited about leaning how to swim.
- Letting your child lead you with what skills they have already mastered as well as the ones they still need to work on, is an important step. By eliminating the pressure, they can feel confident enough to show you what they can do.
- Lastly, consider investing in professional lessons. These trained instructors can build onto what you have already helped your child establish.
Most important of all is to relax and take the time to enjoy swimming with your child!