Teach Your Child to Swim in 5 Easy Steps

by Pool Builders on 04-22-2011 in Articles

It's never too late to learn how to swim. But it is best to teach a child how to swim when he is young. The minimum age to teach a child how to swim is 4-5 years.

Swimming Gear

Before you start off, you need to have appropriate swimming gear. You need to have the following:

  • Swimsuit
  • Kick Board
  • Goggles
  • Swimming Cap
  • Floats

Once your child is ready for swimming lessons, take your child to a swimming pool for kids, where it is not too deep. Next, follow these steps to teach your child how to swim.

  • Dress your child in appropriate swim wear. Tie a good float around the waist.
  • Teach your child to kick his legs. This is the first and most important step in teaching your child how to swim. Make him hold to the side bar at the side of the pool, horizontally straight and kick alternate legs - left-right-left-right. Ensure that good speed and rhythm is maintained while kicking. Practise this an hour or 30 minutes for a day or two or more. You can judge how well child is picking up.
  • Next, place your child's arms on a kick board and tell him to kick and move around the pool. Make sure your are within reachable distance of your child. This may be practised for an hour - 30 minutes for a day or two.
  • Next, teach your child to move arms. Show your child how to move arms while swimming. Then put your hands around your child's waist and tell him to move arms. Then get him to kick legs at the same time. Practise the previous steps and then this step for an hour each for some days.
  • Encourage your child to swim short distances in the pool. Invite other kids who know to swim and let them have a race.

That's it. You're done. Now your child knows how to swim!

Do not force your child. Every child needs some time. You have to have a lot of patience for teaching your child how to swim. In case, you don not know swimming, you can still follow the above steps and teach your child how to swim, provided the pool is not very deep for you. In case, you do not know how to swim, make sure the water in the pool is at stomach-level for you, so that you do not lose balance while teaching your child how to swim.

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