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Professionals recommend that parents sign their children up for their first swimming lessons at around the age of six. Prior to this, children can discover the joys of water with their parents.
So you can have all the family fun with them until they start their swimming lessons.
There are many ways to teach your children the basics, starting at home for example.
Learning to Swim at Home, is it Possible?
Learning to swim at home is not only possible but, the same time allows you to spend quality time with your child and watch them learn and grow. It's also going to be a fun session and will enable your child to grow stronger and more confident.
Not all parents are required to go down the "baby swimmers" route to teach their children to swim! There are several tips on how to familiarise your child with water from an early age. To start with, if you have a bath, you can wet your child's hair, lay them on their back, blow bubbles, teach them to kick their feet and make them feel at ease.
A multitude of possibilities are available to you and your little one to help them to master the water.
Still, in the bath, you can also explain to them how to breathe in and out through their nose and mouth and then try to make bubbles from their nose and mouth. Try and make them comfortable in the water.
And in the Pool?
If a little before their 6th birthday, your child is comfortable enough to begin their first swimming lessons, you can ask at the swimming pool if your child is eligible or not and if proper facilities are available for your child.
In order for you to feel satisfied and at ease (we know you will be worried about your child), we advise you to take them for a few lessons with a qualified swimming instructor yourself.
Each child develops at their own pace but generally, a minimum of fifteen sessions is necessary for learning to be complete.
The coordination of movements is very important, but the swimming instructor must also ensure that the child knows how to correctly put their head underwater and take it out again to breathe. They must also know how to open their eyes and breathe underwater. And if your child is comfortable with the depth and other swimmers around.
What are the Benefits of Swimming for my Child?
Teaching a child how to swim has endless benefits. To mention a few;
Physically, swimming will enable your child to become stronger as the sport requires the use of muscles which constitutes a complete workout.
Development of psychomotor skills which is essentially the coordination between the muscles and the brain is an advantage.
Swimming does help improve the diet. A complete workout will make your child hungry and they will understand the need to consume more green vegetables and a glass of milk for better performance.
They will also sleep better at night and be more active and happier during the day.
This is a great hobby for your child to remain healthy, happier and more confident in everyday life.