Tips for Swimming with Kids

Swimming with KidsSwimming with kids doesn’t have to be difficult. In fact there are only seven essential tips you need in order to learning the best way to teach swimming with kids. Consider the following tips so you can better enjoy the time you spend in the water with your kid.

The first and most important step is to make sure children are safe. While swimming with kids should always be an enjoyable and fun experience you want to make sure your children are always safe. So be vigilant when your children are around water and make sure they know what to do in the event of an accident. Always stay within easy reach of your children.

Second you want to increase your child’s comfort and confidence levels. Swimming with kids isn’t just about teaching them the motions of swimming it is also about increasing their comfort and confidence so they readily want to learn now aspects to swimming.

Third is to have basic shallow water drills. This can help your child to become more comfortable in the water. This is also a good way to make sure your child understands the basics of swimming such as kicking and stroking before moving into deeper water.

Fourth, you can judge a child’s comfort level as they move out into deeper water. When teaching a child in deep water always remember to face the shallow end so your children remember to direct their attention towards the safe area should something go wrong or they become too scared and want to return to shallow water.

Fifth, this is the difficult step of getting a child’s face in the water. The biggest obstacle to swimming with children is getting them to place their face in the water. Take this process slow and only advance when the child is ready otherwise you can create a fear of the water.

Sixth, after a child has achieved the ability to glide or float in water start teaching them how to kick. Review this process everyday as they advance and always say with them closely since they can get into deep water quickly.

Lastly you can focus on teaching them the arm over arm stroke. Have them practice with only one arm at a time. Then teach them how to alternate by demonstrating the practice. Once they are ready they can try it on their own with your guidance.

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