Scorching summer season means one thing to many children; swimming! Whether it is your own yard, at the beach, or a friend’s swimming pool, a youngster certainly wants to learn to swim. What if your little one is too much afraid of the water? You can always take time to teach child to swim.
Below are 6 easy ways to teach a child to swim:
1. Slow down
You do not have to hasten the process of your little one becoming used to swimming in the water. If you begin hurrying the process of learning, that can make children uneasy. When kids become uncomfortable, you also become uncomfortable, and learning will no longer be enjoyable. If you would like your little one to learn how to love swimming, you should maintain a patient, positive, and non-hurried mindset. In the long run, it will save you the time of teaching a child who is afraid to swim.
2. Use the shallow end of the pool
Until your little one is totally over their fear of water, they can enjoy the shallow end. Don’t cajole the child to enter the deep end of the pool. Taking time in the shallows helps build a fun and thrilled mindset about swimming and playing in the water. Once more, this is where patience will come in as the parent. And keep in mind; appreciate these times with your child. They will not forget that you tutored them one of the essential life skills; swimming!
3. In the start, utilize life jackets.
Using a life jacket on your little one during the swimming lessons builds determination. For certain, the water might appear challenging; however, after your child has learned to splash, play, and enjoy the pool water without sinking, he/she then can proceed and learn to swim without a life jacket. Following the life jacket, you can try the water wings or inflatable arm bands. However, don’t hurry the process! You need to do it slowly.
4. Proper breathing should be discussed
Often children want to breathe in when they come up out of the water rather than breathe out. Ensure your child has learned to breathe out first, and then breathe normally.
5. Float first
Once your child is over her anxiety about the water, take out the life jackets and train them the way to float. It is the easiest method and simple to learn. You should not allow your child use any floatation aids like arm floats, padded swimming clothes or life jackets to learn the floating process. If the child learns using such aids, he/she will have a false confidence that might result in them making dangerous swimming decisions.
6. Practice breath-holding
Any time you start to teach a child to hold her their breath, ensure you never encourage them to hold their breath as long as possible; that is dangerous. Rather, provide them with an easy goal and assist them through it. For example, you can tell them to hold their breath and go under the water for two seconds. Then count to two out-loud so that you will know when 2 seconds is up. When you keep it simple and short it will help children see a target and accomplish a target. It also provides them with added security since they know precisely the length of time to hold their breath. At all times, assure your child they can come up without any reason, even if it is before the time limit.
Teach child to swim and enjoy summer together in your new pool built by Premier Pools and Spas!