How To Teach Your Child To Swim
by Alex Glaros
How to teach your kids to swim!
Swimming lessons for 3 year old children
One of the best places to teach a child to swim is in the bathtub because
it's convenient enough to allow daily lessons, and warm enough to keep
If your child is too big to float in your tub, use the same techniques
in a pool. Make sure though that the pool water is warm , otherwise they
quickly get turned off to swimming lessons.
Before you take your child near water, here's some must-read safety warnings:
- A child can drown in 2 inches of water
- An older child is not mature enough to watch a non-swimmer. Kids have
drowned with their older sibling right in the water with them
- Never leave kids alone in the bathtub, even if it's for one second
to get a towel, answer the phone or doorbell. If you have to leave the
room, take the child with you.
- Never take your eyes off your child at the pool. Don't chat with anyone
or read anything. Our neighbor's child drowned during swimming lessons,
when the instructor released the kids after class and the parents were
momentarily distracted during the few seconds after class was finished.
Even if they can swim, keep watching them.
Use a rubber mat so the bottom of the tub isn't slippery. Children drink
the bath water; if you get in with the child, take a shower first.
Establish a routine of going through several drills each session. This
is to be done every day unless the child is sick or tired. Blowing bubbles
should be one of the drills that you'll go through every day.
First step is getting the child to blow bubbles
First blow air on your child's face so he knows that air is being blown
from your mouth, then lower your aim while still blowing and blow bubbles
in the water facing him, not putting your mouth too deep so bubbles coming
out are out of sight.
|Never ever force your child to to anything that he's not ready for.
Just find a level, no matter how elementery the child is confortable
with and work from there. You might have to wait a month or a year
for the child to be ready for the next level; that's okay.
Make sure that he's blowing air from his lungs, and not just filling
his cheeks with air. Touch his ribs with your hand to see if the air is
coming from there; sometimes kids just fill their cheeks with air.
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