Teaching Your Child To Swim With A Series Of Easy Steps  

by Pool Builders on 12-19-2013 in Articles

It's never too late to start learning how to swim, as swimming lessons can provide you with valuable skills that will stay with you throughout the rest of your life. However it is usually regarded as a good idea to teach your child how to swim at an early age, usually at around four years old. Getting your child involved in his or her very first swimming lessons can be an extremely exciting time, but if you're new to the whole thing, then you may find you end up forgetting to take some important precautions that could help you out down the line. Following a few simple steps can make teaching your child how to swim a memorable and easy experience for both of you.

Start Off By Getting The Right Gear

Before you get involved with any lessons, you will need to be sure that you have the right equipment on hand, after all, turning up at an art school without a pencil and paper is not going to get you anywhere, and the same rules apply to swimming. Make sure that your child has a kick board, goggles, floats, a swimming cap and a swimsuit before you take them to the pool for the first time. Once your child is ready for their swimming lessons, take them to a pool intended specifically for children, where the shallow end of the pool is not too deep and the water will not be overly crowded. Next, get ready to follow a few simple steps.

First, dress your child in the appropriate swimwear that you have purchased for them, and tie a good float around their waist before you lead them into the shallow end of the pool. Staying with your son or daughter at all times, slowly teach your child how to kick their legs. Learning to kick properly is the first and most important step when teaching your child how to swim. If possible, ask him or her to hold the bar at the side of the pool, allowing their body to float horizontally as they kick alternate legs, left-right, left-right and so on. Ensure that they stick to a good rhythm and speed throughout the kicking practice, and allow this to continue for thirty minutes to an hour for a few sessions. Next, place your child's arms on a kick board and help them with kicking and moving around the pool. Make sure you always stay in arms' reach of your child.

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