How to Teach Children to Swim

Swimming is one of the funniest sports that you can teach the little ones in the house to practice. In addition, as it is a simple and very fun activity, they will soon take a liking to it and will always want to go to the sports center to practice. The best thing about swimming is that you will make your back and your body in general, stronger. It is ideal especially for the little ones who carry their backpacks every day to go to school. Although it is true that they no longer carry as many books as when we were little, and that there are many backpacks with wheels, strengthening their back during the growth period thanks to swimming will prevent them from developing some medical problems such as scoliosis.

What are the advantages of swimming

The advantages of swimming are many. Think that it is one of the few sports that involve almost all of all the muscles of the body. In addition, as it takes place in the water, where we float, it gives us the feeling of being much lighter and allows us to make movements to train without fear of hurting ourselves.

Thanks to swimming we will increase our lung capacity, we will develop a large part of the muscles of our body and we will stimulate circulation. No wonder doctors recommend it to older people to improve their circulation

It is difficult to teach children to swim.

Not really. You have to approach it as a game that they are happy to play. Think that when we are little we are full of energy and we love to practice almost any physical activity. This works in favor of swimming, which can be a magical experience for the little ones. Where but in the water can a child is able to carry an adult? It’s almost like being able to become a superhero underwater.

If you want to know a few tips so that teaching children to swim is even easier for you, do not hesitate to read the following post.

What do you need to teach children to swim?

What will we need to teach children to swim?

  1. of course kids
  2. swimming pool where you can practice, although the sea can also be worth it if you are one of the lucky ones who live near it
  3. swimwear
  4. Goggles and hat in case of being in the pool
  5. Foam sleeves, floats and churros for the pool
  6. Some patience and a lot of desire to have fun

Instructions for teaching children to swim

Step by step to teach children to swim

  1. Teach him soon to swim. It is recommended that the first classes take place before they are 6 years old. In this way they will turn this activity into something innate for them and they will not be afraid of it. Try to motivate them by taking them to pools where there are more children playing inside, so that they see that it is a fun activity that they can also enjoy. Enter the little one in the pool and keep him with you in it as long as he wants. If you see that he is starting to be a little scared, don’t force him, take him out but stay inside so that he sees that there is no danger.
  2. Turn the activity into a game. One way to get children’s attention is to have fun learning and what better way to do that than to turn swimming into a game. If they understand it this way, they will be looking forward to going to the pool or the beach for a swim.
  3. Don’t pressure the little ones. Something really important. When I was little I was enrolled in a swimming school and only got scared of the water. The teacher tricked us into jumping into the pool by telling us that he would throw us a float so we wouldn’t drown. The problem is that it was not true and you had to kick terrified to the corner of the pool to be able to grab something solid and not be scared. After this experience, I did not set foot in a pool again until I was 23 years old, just smelling chlorine turned my stomach. For this reason, it is very important that you do not force them to go further than where they arrive or make them feel afraid. A relaxed atmosphere will be perfect for them to enjoy the experience and want to learn to swim.
  4. Use armbands, floats and foam noodles for the pool. The main fear that anyone has when starting to swim is thinking that they will not be able to float. Luckily there are all kinds of objects that help the little ones in the house value it and dive into the pool. You can use foam sleeves, floats or churros for your first dives Think of these objects like the training wheels on the bikes we use to teach them how to ride a bike. Use them for the first few months and gradually remove them from the environment so they start using their arms and legs at the same time.

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