If you think about it, teaching your children to swim can only have a positive outcome. As the parent you will already have an excellent relationship with your child based on mutual trust and respect and you will be able to put them at ease and encourage them like no one else could. A child who is able to swim is not only safer when on family days out and holiday, but is also likely to be fitter and healthier and live a more active lifestyle. Once you have introduced your child to the basics they will probably want to have lessons with their peers!
But being an effective swimming teacher is not only about support and encouragement; it is about understanding that your child may not be happy staying in the pool for a long period of time due to their smaller body mass, and may find it hard to master certain aspects of swimming. A great example of this is that a child’s head is much larger when compared to their body than adults. As a result they are less buoyant and less able to balance in the water. This combined with their shorter limbs and smaller lung capacity means they may take longer than you imagined learning the lessons you give them. So take it slow. Another important aspect to keep in mind is that children learn by playing, especially very young children, so make your lessons as fun as possible to get the best out of your child. The more fun they have, the quicker they will learn.
Positivity is the name of the game here and a great way to kick off is to take a trip to a sports store to buy your child’s swimwear. Make this a fun activity and allow them to choose swimwear in their favourite colour, and don’t forget the goggles! All of this will increase their anticipation for the lessons. If you need to get yourself kitted out as well, check out our latest Bohn swimwear range here!
The first time you visit the pool together be sure to show your child the pool’s rules and regulations, read them with your child (if they can read) or read them to your child to make sure they understand that they are not to go near the pool without you, and not to run in the pool area.
Part 2 coming soon!