Learn How to Swimming Safely
children view swimming as a fun activity and find it
exciting. However, this isn’t the case for all
kids. Some have a fear of water or are worried when it
comes time to swim. Consider the following tips to help
your kids learn how to swimming safely. With these tips
you can make learn how to swimming safely be a logical
sequence of steps that make the process easy for your
child who has a fear of water.
The first step is to have your child get their face
wet. A good way to start this is with a simple game such
as blowing bubbles in the water or blow ping-pong balls
across the water. These activities should be done in
a shallow kiddie pool of bath tub so the child doesn’t
become frightened about the depth of the water.
The next step is to duck under water. With this you
can teach the child using a doll or toy. Tell them to
hold their breath while holding the doll underwater and
then raise the toy out when they need to breathe again.
As you play the game with them you can eventually encourage
them to go underwater along with the toy. This is best
done in waist-high water.
Next you move on to lie across the water in order to
swim. This teaches them how their body feels when underwater.
From here you can teach them to stroke. Place them on
a floating board and then teach them to paddle with alternating
arm pulls. Emphasize the need for strong, slow strokes
in order to glide across the water.
Then when your child is ready you can teach them to
jump into the water. Use a hula hoop to entice a child
into jumping from the pool or dockside into the water.
Once this has been achieved you child will be developing
a confidence in water and can move on to the final stage
which is diving underwater. Throw a weighted object into
the water that is bright in color and have the child
retrieve them. By the time you reach this level your
child will be having so much fun they will have forgotten
their fear of the water.
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