Childs First Swim Lesson.  

by Pool Builders on 08-06-2013 in Articles

It's common knowledge that swimming is among the best exercise anyone could get. It's fun, stress free and gives you a full body work out. Nowadays not a lot of schools actually offer lessons as part of the curriculum so it's up to the parents to choose the best type of swimming lesson for kids. If you've never been in the water before it can be a very frightening experience, it's best to introduce babies to the water as young as possible to stop them developing a fear of the water.

Most pools or sports centres offer classes for ages age 0 to 100 and each class is specially thought out and adapted to work with whichever age group. Babies, for example spend four weeks just being in the water with their parent, singing nursery rhymes and playing games. They might blow some bubbles in the water, have a splash about or flip over in the water. It makes the water seem like nothing to be afraid of and prepares children to move up to the next class.

In the older classes there is more emphasis on actually learning to swim, children get in the water with their parents next to them and practice the actions needed to move in the water. The parents are there for moral support and hold their children in the water. Classes like this are not really suitable for children under 2.

The third step is being in the water without parents, this isn't attempted until children are about 4 or 5. The teacher gets in with the children and can assist them as needed, making sure they are in the right positions. There are lots of flotation devices used in this class and various different games are played. All of this helps to prepare children for further swim lessons.

After this class they move on up and the hard stuff begins. Children actually learn how to "doggy paddle" and swim a width of the pool. Badges are awarded in classes from here up so as to fill the children with confidence and raise their self esteem.

It may be possible to take your child to watch a swimming lesson without taking part. They can see what happens, what the teacher does and see that everyone is safe in the water. This will definitely help to dispel any lingering fear your child may be feeling

Even toddlers and nursery aged children can be made aware of the dangers, you must tell them that they are not allowed in the pool on their own, they must always be with either yourself, your spouse or an older child who is a strong swimmer. Toddlers should always have some sort of flotation device on them whether it be armbands or a flotation jacket to prevent them from being submerged in the water. It is also advisable to have a one on one supervision rota, there should be one guardian to each toddler at all times.

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