How to Teach Kids to Swim

How to Teach Kids to Swim
Learning how to swim can be a scary challenge for most children. Encouraging words and an optimistic attitude from the swim coach is an absolute must. Being prepared with helpful tips and basic swimming principles will help as well. It takes a lot of practice before someone masters swimming, so your student will need several lessons before she can swim on her own.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderately Challenging

Step 1
Take classes to become CPR and First Aid certified. This is a good idea and is beneficial if you have an emergency. Keeping a first aid kit nearby is a good rule of thumb as well. Classes are usually offered at local recreational centers or sponsored by the Red Cross.
Step 2
Get your child used to the water. This could include having him hang his feet in the water, sticking his hands in, or sitting in a kiddie area. Your child needs to get used to the temperature of the water. He also needs to get comfortable being in the water.
Step 3
Hold your child up and lay her horizontal to the water. Do not let go. Teach her how to hold up her chin from the water. You can slowly move her back and forth across the water for fun.
Step 4
Tell your child to gently kick his feet and paddle his hands in the water. You may choose to use a float or board for this lesson. That way you can concentrate on teaching your child how to move his arms and legs.
Step 5
Show your child how to hold her nose. Watch to make sure your child doesn't get scared or take in too much water. Try a few dunks under the water before you move on to something else.
Step 6
Keep practicing these techniques every opportunity you get. Your child will eventually feel comfortable enough to try swimming on his own.

Tips & Warnings

 
It's fine to use a kiddie pool to teach the basics of swimming.
 
It's fine to use a kiddie pool to teach the basics of swimming.
 
Always keep first aid equipment close to the pool in case of an emergency. Never leave your child unattended around water.
 
Always keep first aid equipment close to the pool in case of an emergency.
 
Never leave your child unattended around water.

Article Written By Jennifer Elrod

I'm an experienced teacher with a degree in Multidisciplinary Studies-Human Learning. I've worked with various grade levels at different educational facilities. My expertise includes: lesson planning, curriculum development, child development, educational practices and parent involvement.

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