Every parent wants their child to learn to swim. This is especially important if you are active and around water. However, some parents do not know how to properly train their child to swim which could lead to fear of the water and not learning to swim. Here is a look at what you need to keep in mind if you are going to teach your child to swim.
Inner Tubes/Floating Devices. To help get your child comfortable with the water try a floatation device that will allow them to see the water and how it works. Try to encourage them to move around the water and really get a feel for it.
Start Out Slow. Start out slow and in the lower end of the pool so your child can get a feel for the water.
Lay on Their Backs. Many parents use the laying on their back method to help their child. This is where their child lays back and the parent holds them. They will slowly move their hands away from the child so that they are not supporting their child. Before they know it their child will be supporting themselves.
Encourage Movement. It is important that you encourage movement in your child. Tell them to keep kicking their legs and arms. Try to swim along with them and just offer encouragement.
Do Not Use Arm Floats. Arm floats are not recommended for children. Many children do not have the upper body strength to help them learn how to swim with these items. In fact this could hinder the swimming process. Try to avoid arm floats whenever possible.