How To Teach a Toddler To Swim Underwater

June 2nd, 2014

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Here’s How To Teach a Toddler To Swim Underwater. Best methods for teaching children to swim:

5 Steps To Teach a Child to Put their face into the water:

  1. Help children overcome fear of water. If your child is hesitant, give him time to adjust and don’t start by getting their face wet right away.
  2. Teach children to cope with water in and around the mouth. Sprinkle water over their head and face, get their cheeks wet.
  3. Blow bubbles (for some children this may take a while to learn; be patient and practice a lot)
  4. Hold the breath. Start with 2-3 seconds then progress to longer. At first, just the mouth in the water. Then mouth and nose submerged. Next: mouth, nose, eyes. Lastly, whole head submerged.
  5. Use swim goggles and water toys to motivate children to look under the water longer.

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Here are 5 tips for kids swim lessons that every swim instructor or parent teaching their own kid to swim should keep in mind:

  1. Listen to the child’s needs and pay attention to any cues he/she might give you. Allow your child a few minutes of acclimation before entering the water (e.g. sit on the edge of the pool and kick). If your child cries or is unhappy, try to find out why that is: your child could be tired, hungry, cold, sick; afraid if the pool is a new environment; sensitive to noise; your child may only be comfortable when held in certain positions, or may not be ready to separate. Give reassurance and comfort throughout the swimming sessions.
  1. Use water toys, games, sing songs to keep children engaged and to motivate them to move through the water. Keep in mind that children learn best through play.
  1. Keep swimming sessions short, between 20-30mins. It is better to give your child shorter but more frequent swimming sessions than longer but inconsistent sessions.
  1. Progress at the child’s pace. Each child learns at their own pace. Do not impose performing a certain activity or learning a certain skill (e.g. submerging, floating etc) if the child is not ready. When teaching children to swim, encourage but don’t force. And remember to be very patient!
  1. Be positive and motivating. Always maintain a positive attitude and praise children often!

Gilda Dobrica,
Swimming Instructor


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