Swimming is the perfect way that kids can stay healthy, and active while having fun

Kids swimming

The benefits of swimming for kids are wonderful, and every family should consider swim lessons at some point for these very reasons. You need to give your child the chance to learn to swim.

Safety: Let’s face it, the thought of young kids running around a pool can be scary, but with the proper tools in hand, those young kiddos can feel safe and be safe. By teaching your child to swim, they will become more comfortable in the water and have the tools to stay safe while in the water. This experience can help if or when an emergency arises.

Healthy: Swimming is not only healthy for your body, but also for your mind. Swimming is a great cardiovascular exercise that promotes heart and lung health, strength, flexibility, and even improves balance. Swimming can also be great for your mind. Being in the water is naturally more relaxing than other sports, or exercises which help to relax the mind.

Teaching Your Kids How to Swim & Be Safe in the Water


Getting your children properly acquainted with the water and teaching them age-appropriate swimming skills and techniques as well as learning proper safety precautions will lead to many years of fun in the water for you and your kids.

Here are some introductory swimming and safety tips for all age groups.


CHILDREN UNDER 1


Swim Tips – It is a good idea to introduce your baby to water at six months old. The goal at this age is not to teach them to swim but to get them comfortable in this environment. Encourage your baby to have fun by playing games with them, showing them how to splash and bobbing them up and down, all while in your arms.

Safety Tips – You should never submerge your baby’s head underwater as they could ingest a large amount of water. Also never leave your baby unattended in or around a pool of any size, including small inflatable pools. An infant can drown in less than an inch of water in under 30 seconds.

CHILDREN 2-3 YEARS OLD


Swim Tips – At this age, your child will develop a curiosity about the water and become more active in it. It is recommended to play games that require your toddler to move their arms, kick their legs, and float on their stomach and back while you support them. Also teach them how to blow bubbles in the water so they learn how to get their face wet without swallowing water.
Safety Tips – Even though your toddler may feel more comfortable in the water, you should never leave them alone for a second. Do not rely on any air-filled flotation devices, including water wings. They provide a false sense of security and can deflate, resulting in drowning. This is the age to begin to stress proper pool safety to your child. Discuss such rule as no running along the side of the pool and only going into the water with an adult.

CHILDREN 4-5 YEARS OLD


Swim Tips – Your child is now beginning to develop the proper coordination necessary to swim by themselves. This is the age to begin swimming lessons. Lessons, whether through an instructor or by a parent, should include teaching the child how to float independently, submerge their face underwater for five-ten seconds, and use coordinated kicking and arm movements.

Safety Tips – Even though you don’t need to hold your child at this age, you should practice what is called “reach supervision” or being in the water, within reaching distance of your child.

CHILDREN 6 YEARS & UP


Swim Tips – At this age, your child should be able to hold their breath for longer periods of time, swim underwater, and be able to jump into the water and resurface on their own. This is a good time to learn the various types of swim strokes as well. Learning these strokes will increase their strength and endurance.

Safety Tips – Your child can swim in the water without you at this age, but they still need to be supervised. Make sure diving is done only at the deep end of the pool. Also, be mindful that your child’s swimming skills in a pool don’t always translate to swimming in the ocean or lake so be extra careful.

So, the next time you're looking at ideas for activities to keep your kiddos busy, consider swimming. It will help keep them safe, healthy, and happy all while having fun.
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