Kids will enjoy swimming more if you build their confidence and help them overcome any fear of water that they may have. It isn’t always easy to teach a child that water is fun especially when it is their first experience but the best place to start is finding a suitable swimming program that will incorporate as many fun activities as possible. As you read on, you will find insights on fun activities to incorporate into your swimming program to allow little ones to enjoy their time in the water.
Here are 5 simple tips to help introduce your child to Swimming.
- Safety measures
- Teach children about safety measures in their early stages of swimming. This will build their confidence and security.
- Make sure that your child understands that they should always ask permission before going to swim if young always accompanied by an adult.
- Be sure they wear lifejackets or safety devices in the water at all times.
- Teach them to paddle both feet while holding onto the walls of the pool. This will help them if they find themselves deep in the water to prevent drowning.
- Easy games
Simple games will make swimming more fun for kids. Use water toys to play different games with them such as:
- Chase and play
Encourages kids to move about in the water. The game involves a child moving in the water and tagging another who then moves about to tag another in the proximity.
- Talk to the fish
Involves blowing water bubbles and listening to pretend fish responses. This helps the children to control their breathing which is an essential step to swimming independently. Encourage your child to blow bubbles while his/her face is submerged in the water. When you do so yourself, you’ll need to come out of the water smiling as you don’t want to scare the kid.
- A ride
While holding your child by their armpits and walking backwards in the water shout “motorboat go fast…go fast…slow…” This will develop their kicking strength in the water.
- Test the water
- An effective and easy way to teach your child security in the water is by swimming with them. Actually you should be the first one to get into the water so that they can follow. When you are with them, you induce a sense of belonging and security and allowing them to swim freely and have fun.
- Splashing is enjoyable for beginners especially little ones who just can’t help but spray everyone around them with water. This is actually part of the learning experience by teaching them how to kick and move in the water.
- You can also help by showing them how to float with his/her stomach on the pool water and head on your shoulder. In this position they can begin kicking and splashing giving them better balance in the water. In Toronto, swimming lessons for kids integrate these balancing and kicking aspects with safety measures.
- Taking a jump
- First of all this should be done in the shallow end of the pool. It’s so important for your child to feel safe and trust that the teacher or parent will catch them. When they jump into the water and begin to kick it allows the process of staying above water and strengthening those swimming muscles.