Preparing a Child for Swim Lessons
only mammal in the world that doesn’t have the
natural instinct or ability to swim is the human. This
is why it is helpful to introduce very young children
to swimming through baby swimming lessons. This way a
child can grow up while learning how to swim. Teaching
a child how to swim provides many safety aspects but
also provides enjoyment and fitness benefits as well.
However, before you up and take your child to swimming
lessons it is important that you have them as prepared
as possible. The best way that you can have your child
prepared for a swimming lesson is to pour small amounts
of warm, non soap water over their head in the bathtub
at home so that is falls over their face. It is also
helpful to use toys during bath time since this helps
to bring a positive aspect of being in the water and
this can help translate over to their experience in the
It is best to start a child in a swimming pool with
swimming lessons between the ages of six and twelve months.
The reason for this is because the water still has natural
associations with the womb at this time. Some mothers
actually start their children in swim lessons as early
as twelve weeks while other choose to wait until the
child is at least eighteen months old. However, if you
wait until too late it can be more difficult to help
a child adjust to water and learn proper breath control.
Once children understand the feeling of water on their
face they will come to enjoy their swimming lessons.
Always remember to start the training slow. A great first
exercise is to learn to blow bubbles. This first step
is perfect when helping children to swim for the first
time since there is no possibility of inhaling water
during this exercise. You are simply teaching the child
how to blow air bubbles or exhale while having their
head under water. Once the child becomes accustomed to
the water you can start with more difficult swim lessons.
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