Getting your kids introduced to swimming is best done at the earliest possible age, not just for the safety aspect but because they can enjoy a great healthy activity. Swimming lessons can be expensive so if you are a good and confident swimmer why not teach your kids yourself. The added bonus will be is that you can spend quality time with your kids in a really fun environment. When a parent teaches their children to swim, they have one major advantage over swim instructors, and that is their kids already trust you.
Teach Your Kids to Love but Respect the Water
Getting your kids at ease with the water may not be the easiest thing, because there are two important elements they must understand. Firstly, they must love to learn the water but above all they must respect it. It has been proven that all babies are not born with a fear of water, far from it they are quite at home in it as they can hold their breath and can kind of swim. The fear of water can come a couple of years later, and that is when the lessons become a little more tricky. You need to nurture your kids to slowly love the water and to lose their fear, let them do this at their own pace so they feel comfortable at the speed things are going.
Make Learning Fun
Start introducing your kids to the fun of water at a really early, give them plenty of time at bath time to splash about and enjoy themselves. Perhaps you have a small paddling pool, and if so make up fun games that your kids can enjoy so they do not even know they are in the water. This will relax any fears they may have of the water and make it easier when they graduate to swimming lessons. Kids hate water getting into their ears so buy a simple swim band that they can wear.
Use the Tools Available
One of the most useful tools to use when you finally hit the pool is a flotation device. These types of devices can be in all shapes and sizes, make sure your kids are happy with the devices you have given them. Being supported in the water does two things, firstly it teaches your kids about buoyancy. And secondly it gives them an immense amount of confidence. And once your kids learn the skill of how to keep upright in the water then you can move on to their feet and arms.
Breathing Under the Water
Your final task before actually teaching them swimming is to teach your kids how to hold their breath under the water, and to breathe out naturally. Get your kids to put their faces under the water and blow bubbles, then you can move on to teaching how to hold their noses. Finally teach them to jump into the water and submerge without panicking. Now with all the basics covered you can finally move on to teach them swimming strokes and the more advanced techniques of swimming.