Swimming is an enjoyable and beneficial skill that someday your child will have the opportunity to learn. In fact, the earlier they start, the more beneficial it will be to them. Before they take the plunge though, there are some very important tips you should know as parent. Here are some of the essentials.
Introducing your child to water may seem like a simple enough idea. But in fact, the way you approach it is vital for their safety. The very first step is to introduce them to the water: enter in slowly with them, and gently guide them through until they can move around comfortably. Ensure that your child always feels safe, and don’t force them to go further than they are comfortable with. This may be a good time to introduce a buoyancy jacket as well (Get a good quality one from Konfidence or another recognised brand). Once you’ve done this, you must then teach your child about the potential dangers and risks of water. This isn’t to scare them. Teaching them to respect water and understand the hazards associated with it will encourage a responsible and sensible attitude. Finally, once they are informed and have had their first couple of dips, set some firm boundaries to adhere to. These could be ‘No going near the water without an adult’ or ‘attract the attention of an adult if you are in trouble’.
Learning to Swim
Once your child feels confident enough in the water and has a responsible attitude towards water safety, it’s time to teach them to swim. Though you can teach them some of the basics yourself, you’ll want to enrol them in an accredited water safety and swimming class. Some of the water safety methods will already have been taught to them by yourself, but you can never be too careful in this department. Though their swimming will be largely taught by others from here on in, you too can help by always encouraging and complimenting them as they progress through the various stages and continue to show good water safety.
A Great Achievement
Learning to swim is one of the great achievements your child will have during their early years. And with the guidance given here, your child will have the very best chance at becoming both a safe and a strong swimmer.