Kids swim lessons should be fun and positive experiences, so children enjoy learning to swim. However sometimes kids don’t want to go swimming, cry during their swim lessons or don’t have a good time learning to swim. Learning to swim does not have to involve crying or resistance from your child, it should be fun!
Here are 5 tips for kids swim lessons that every swim instructor or parent teaching their own kid to swim should keep in mind:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- Be positive and motivating. Always maintain a positive attitude and praise children often!
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