Swimming lessons provide a vital life skill and potentially life saving skills to babies, toddlers and young children. Being surrounded by water environments, it has never been more critical to enroll your child into swimming lessons.
Nearly all children and adults have access to water, and yet hundreds of deaths occur from drowning’s every year. These deaths are unnecessary, ruthless and believe it or not, avoidable.
Children as young 7 months old are learning to swim. There are steps that can be taken at home that will help prepare for swimming lessons.
A major factor in learning to swim is confidence. Introducing your child to the water at a young age helps build a relationship and respect with the water. Carefully splashing clean water over your child’s face whilst in the bath can help familiarize your child with water. It is an easy task and can be practiced 1-2 times a day.
For a baby or young child, floating is not as hard as it seems. Babies have natural buoyancy and once mastered can be one of the most useful life saving skills they will ever learn. This can also be practiced in the bath or a shallow swimming pool.
Tip: Using a floatation device fully blown to start off with can help. Over time, air can be released from the device until your child no longer needs it.
Blowing bubbles may seem a little pointless to a grown adult. However, from a young child’s point of view, it means submerging their face. This is the first step before heading under the surface. Blowing bubbles is necessary as it controls buoyancy whilst under water and enables a regulated breath while swimming. Blowing bubbles is a fun exercise when it comes to learning how to swim; it is hard to believe that such a simple task may help save your child’s life one day. Makes bath time fun and quality practice time.
It is extremely valuable to enroll your child into swimming lessons. This ensures your child learns correct stroke techniques so they can make their way to the side of a pool as safe as possible. The best way to ensure your child learns this skill set is to apply consistency. Attending a swim school at least 2 days a week is critical for development and confidence.