There are some essential skills that your child will be required to learn for active swimming. These skills include: floating, kicking, digging, submerging into water, holding breath under water, and gliding. These set of skills are acquired gradually depending on your child’s age and ability to interpret the concepts.
Floating is the first skill that parents teach their children when teaching them how to swim. Children are spongy and can easily float, but positioning and fear are the main cause of your child submerging into the water when they try to float.
You have to familiarize your child with the idea of having water in their face and head. A bathtub is the safest place to start the swimming lessons as the area is small and you have full control of the situation. Periodically go into the bathtub with your baby and help them gain confidence in the water. Let your child float on their back as you gradually withdraw the support you provide for them. This may take some time for your child to master, so you have to be patient. If your child is old enough to hold their head above water, you can put water in the bathtub and let them pretend to swim. This will help your child master the coordination of legs and hands while swimming.
Transitioning from the bathtub to swimming pool is the next step. The pool is a different scenario and if you are not confident in yourself get a person to help you in the process. Compose yourself and remain loving and also ensure that your child is comfortable with the transition because it will determine their openness to learn new skills. The pool steps provide a shallow safe ground that you can start the transition.
Let your baby associate the pool with having a good time. Make the pool experience fun by getting your child their favorite bath toys and encouraging them. Also being actively engaged in the process will make it fun, and your child will want to imitate you rather than just instructing from the sideline. Read your child’s emotions to tell when they are tired or bored. To make the learning process efficient, you have to make your child enthusiast about going to the pool. You can take them to a pool that has other children so that they get motivated and have fun.
Trust is important during swimming lessons. Capture your child’s trust and let them know you will be there for them in case something goes wrong. This is one way of boosting your child’s confidence in the pool. Hold them while they are still learning the basic coordination in the pool and reward your child for their effort. Hold your baby under their armpits and encourage them to kick or place your hand under their belly and let them kick and dig water as much as they want. Be consistent with your signals in the pool to avoid any confusion. Eye contact and talking calmly to your reassures your child that nothing bad will happen to them.
It is important that you teach your child how to breathe while they are in the pool to avoid incidences of drowning. Blowing bubbles is one of the best techniques of teaching our child how to breathe in water. It will also help them avoid swallowing large amounts of water.
If you take your child to a swimming school, encourage them to follow the instructor’s guidelines. Support and praise them when they show progress to boost their confidence. Children are always eager to learn new skills and once they learn how to float and move around in water the rest will be easy for them to learn. It is better to start the swimming lessons earlier in your child’s life. Swimming is a great activity and will give your child an amazing experience, but you always have to ensure that their safety is observed before letting them into the pool.