Teach Your Child To Swim

Is your child old enough to learn how to swim? If so, have you tried to figure out the best way to teach them? Showing your child how to swim does not have to be difficult. Fortunately, there are several steps a parent can take to transform their scared children into human fish.

Get your child comfortable with water

You should not be in a rush to get your child to swim well enough for your standards. That can turn them off to swimming altogether, which is what you don't want. The key here is to get your child to love water, not fear or hate it. If you make sure each experience with the water is a positive one, it will make them want to learn how to swim. 

Make swimming fun

Probably the most crucial part of teaching your child how to swim is to remember that if it isn't fun, they will have no desire to do it. Try to turn their lessons into a game. They should see each step of the process as a more challenging "game." 

Do not hold your child up in the water

Supporting your child while in the water will deprive them of the full experience of being there. Instead, hold your child in a way that allows the water to give support.

Your hands should be there to guide and reassure your child, but not to hold them up above the water. Keep your grip light, but firm enough to catch them if necessary.

Get your splash on!

When your child is comfortable being held in the water, it's time to start splashing. If there are watering cans or cups, you can use them to throw water over their face. Once they get used to the sensation, they will feel more comfortable with putting their face in the water. 

You want to get them to blow bubbles in the water. Move your face close to theirs and blow bubbles and encourage them to do the same.

This exercise will teach them to breathe out whenever their mouth hits the water. That will lessen the likelihood of swallowing water when submerged. 

Introduce the swimming strokes

When your child becomes comfortable with being in the water unsupported for extended periods and having their face submerged, and can glide or walk around in the pool, it is time to teach them a few basic strokes. Sometimes they will have created propulsion methods of their own. 

You can start with whatever strokes are most comfortable for them. As they progress, teach them more complex strokes.  

It is essential that your child learns to swim as early as possible. The more comfortable they are with being in the water, the safer they will be.

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