Teach A Child To Swim (2yo & up)

June 6th, 2018

Guidelines on how to teach a 2 year old child to swim

 

Your two year old is not too young to learn to swim. The sooner you begin teaching your child to swim, the sooner they will become water safe.

 

Level 1. Teach a two year old child to swim (the child has no swimming experience)

 

  1. If your child is new to swimming, begin by gently introducing them to the water and helping them overcome any fear of water
  2. Hold them and encourage them to: kick their legs and splash their feet and paddle the arms under the water
  3. Practice on the front and on the back
  4. Learn to cope with water in and around the mouth
  5. Safely enter and exit the pool

 

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Level 2. Teach a two year old child to swim (the child is already comfortable in the water)

 

  1. Teach your child to efficiently move through the water with flotation aids designed for learning to swim (here’s what we recommend)
  2. Learn to efficiently kick the legs and paddle the arms at the same time (coordinate the arm and legs movement)
  3. If water gets into the mouth, spit it out, not drink it
  4. Submerge under the water for at least 3 seconds
  5. Hold breath under water for 3-5 seconds
  6. Blow Bubbles (for some children this may take a while to learn; be patient and practice a lot)
  7. Hold onto the edge of the pool and move sideways on it
  8. Grab onto the wall and climb out of the pool
  9. Swim with very little or no support for short distances
  10. Swim with face in the water, then come up for breath (with very little support or on their own)
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Level 3. Teach a two year old to swim (the child is very close to swimming on his own)

  1. Step/Jump into the water over the head and return to the surface
  2. Swim at least 25 yards to an exit without stopping
  3. Tread water for at least 1 minute
  4. Turn around in a full circle to find a way out of the water
  5. Exit a pool without using a ladder

 

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