Teach A Two Year Old Child To Swim (2yo & up)

June 6th, 2018

Teach A Two Year Old Child To Swim — Guidelines:

 

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

 

Why teach your two year old child to swim?

 

  1. Age wise, a two year old is ready to learn to swim. In fact, children can begin learning to swim before the age of two
  2. Drowning prevention. You want your child to be water safe and be able to save themselves in case they fell in a swimming pool
  3. Swimming has many physical and emotional benefits for children
  4. It is a fun activity to do with your child
  5. It is a great way to bond with your child

 

Level 1. Teach a two year old child with 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 kicking 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 who 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 child who is very close to swimming on their 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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