Swimming Lessons for Youth

Swimming Lessons for Children

Summer is the Perfect time for Swimming Lessons

Summer is the ideal time to consider enrolling your child in swimming lessons at an indoor or outdoor pool near you.  Swimming is one of the most vital and beneficial activities you can teach your child.  Not only can swimming lessons be so fun that children barely notice they are being athletic, it can also save lives by way of the water safety training that is a crucial aspect of any swimming lesson program.  

While it is true that given the right amount of time and energy, most children could teach themselves at least the basics of swimming.  However, swimming lessons provide an excellent opportunity for socialization with other children and confidence boosting, especially when swimming lessons are given in an environment where children are encouraged to exceed their own personal best.  Another undeniably key aspect of swimming lessons is the potentially life-saving water safety lessons which children don’t get from watching others swim and trying to copy their form.     

Pre-Lesson Swimming Lessons 

The Red Cross recommends waiting until children are at least 4 years old before enrolling them in organized swimming lessons.  However, that doesn’t mean you can’t start familiarizing your child with the rules of the pool.  In order to prepare your child for their first swimming lesson, visit the pool regularly for a few weeks prior to the lesson’s commencement.  Make sure to get in the water with your child to reinforce the idea that the water is not a scary place.  If your child is afraid of getting water in their eyes or up their nose, consider investing in a pair of goggles or nose plugs.  

Always keep your child at an arm’s length at all times in the water since accidents can happen more quickly than you think.  Water safety teaching should begin even before entering the water.    

Before their first swimming lesson, children should at least have some concept of the basics of the sport.  You can help you child learn to float by teaching them how to relax in the water and use their own natural buoyancy to keep from sinking.  Hold them up in the water with one hand so they can get the feel for floating.    

Blowing Bubbles 

Once your child has gotten a feeling for floating, teach them how to blow bubbles in the water.  Chances are they’ve already had some experience with this activity during bath time.  However, remind your child that pool water is not to be consumed, which they may have to learn the hard way by coughing up a mouthful of chlorinated water.        

To demonstrate blowing bubbles, have your child take a deep breath, submerge their mouth in the water and blow bubbles through it.  Make sure to blow bubbles with your child the first few times to keep them relaxed.  With the introduction of these two basic skills, your child will be able to walk into their first swimming lesson confident and ready to learn how to doggy paddle, front crawl, and all the other important aspects of swimming. 


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