im looking to take my son swimmming on the weekends instead of swimming lessons

Posted by, 9th November 2017

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  • Depending on the age of your toddler having fun and being around water in a safe way is the best introduction. Allowing your child to go under the water, getting them to hold onto the edge and pull themselves out of the water are the most important things. I would recommend formal swimming lessons from 3 or 4 or if you are not confident in the water yourself.

  • I think if your going to teach them to swim yourself you need to be confident that you can teach them the correct way to get themselves to the edge of the pool in case they fall in – this has been proven to be the number 1 thing kids need to learn to survive if they fall into a pool – having that immediate instinct to go to the edge of the pool without panicking saves their lives – I would highly recommend professional lessons and take your kids yourself so you can see what they learn and then you can reinforce that when you take them swimming.

  • I agree with getting some lessons to start with. Some swim schools have a holiday program where you can just take them to lessons for a couple of weeks to get the feel for it.

  • Roll onto their back and float is a good start. If you can float on your back you can pretty much sustain this method hopefully till help arrives.

  • My daughter benefited greatly from a few swimming lessons to start off with. If you do the wrong thing you can scare them out of the water for a long time.
    Your best bet is to get bub familiar with water, such as very light splashing, and pouring little bits of water over their head. Another thing is getting familiar with the sides of the pool as a grabbing point so they can hold on, let go and splash against.

  • I think just getting them familiar with water will help. Tip little bits over their heads and make a game of it so they don’t get frightened.
    Also, it is good to get them to float on their backs. Small baby steps with little babies.

  • Start by teaching them to paddle and kick to the side of the pool, and to get themselves out. That is the most important thing! Then start to teach them to roll on to their backs and float, and teach them to kick with ‘rocket arms’. Try to teach only one skill at a time, starting with kicking, then adding arms, then breathing. Also teach them to push off the bottom of the pool to reach the surface

  • Is there a specific reason you don’t want to do swimming lessons and want to teach your son yourself ? When you observe swimming lessons for kids you see they start with water kicking, floating exercises, games, splashing and confidence in water. These are things you sure can start with.

  • All I can say is swimming lessons, they were the best thing for my children to learn to swim. My oldest daughter, who is 12yo now swims for the state in state swimming championships. All those lessons paid off and now she loves to swim more than anything.

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