For most of us, swimming is seen as a relaxing and fun way to spend a summer’s day. Besides the obvious benefit to fitness, it can be an enjoyable and refreshing activity. Though swimming doesn’t come naturally to human beings, we need to learn how to do it. And like many of the things that we expect our children to learn in their early days, swimming can actually be a fairly alien and terrifying experience when approached incorrectly. This makes learning difficult, slow and stressful. So, if your child is expressing anxiety at the poolside, these tips will help curtail that fear to make swimming a fun and educational experience once more.
Show Them That Swimming is Fun
As a parent, you might have your own hang-ups about the safety of putting your children in the pool, and that is perfectly natural. However, you should take care not to pass that fear on to your children. They will likely emulate your reaction to them being in the pool, and if you show anxiety, they will mirror it and feel like the swimming pool is a dangerous and scary place to be. So, it’s time to get your fun-face on, show them that the pool is a place for excitement and enjoyment, and you will be half-way there. You might find it more effective to enlist in classes that undertake group swimming lessons to make the activity more social.
Make the Most Out of Poolside Games
Children learn through games because they give them a means of interacting with the world that is enjoyable and educational. This will help them to relax when at the pool, and will also have them looking forward to swim-time with parents and caregivers. Make use of floatation devices and toys when conducting a swimming activities and play as many games as you can. You can even turn many of the more frightening aspects of learning how to swim (such as being submerged fully) into an enjoyable experience by making games out of them.
Keep Negativity Away from the Pool
Maintain an air of positivity throughout the duration of the lesson and it will help your children to do the same. When teaching them, remember to be patient (it’s unlikely that your child will master the art in a single lesson). If you start pushing your child to do more than they are comfortable with during the lesson, you will only be deepening their fear of the water.
Be There for Their Confidence
Possibly the most important thing you can do is to let your children know that you are right there with them. With more confident swimmers this might simply mean being by the pool-side. Though you will probably want to actually get in with them and hold them during lessons to build their confidence.
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