At Swim Baby we are passionate about teaching babies to swim and giving them the confidence to enjoy water safely. Below we go through some important questions and answers many parents have had before sending their kids to for swimming lessons.
If my child is scared of swimming, what can I do to make my child comfortable in the water?
The best way to help your child become more comfortable in the water is in the bathtub. The bathtub is a great place to enjoy water play, skills development and it encourages your child to get more comfortable with being in the water. It is also advisable for a parent to take their child in a pool as often as possible to help the child overcome their fear of water. Continuous exposure to swimming and having fun in a pool is a great way to overcome any fear of water or swimming.
When do I start taking my child in for formal swimming lessons?
It is recommended that children can be exposed to swimming classes as early as 4 months of age. Swimming lessons are even more important if your child is around a pool or body of water. Studies have shown that taking your child for swimming lessons before they turn four, significantly reduces the chance of drowning.
long should my child attend lessons/classes?
Before your child starts swimming lessons you should have a goal in mind, this will help you decide how long they should attend swimming lessons. Decide if you are sending child to lessons to overcome a fear, to build confidence and safety skills or to improve technique.
Is there anything I can do at home to help my child learn how to swim?
If you have a pool at home or have access to a pool, let your child play in the water and have fun, whilst you supervise. Of However it is important to not put pressure on your child but to encourage them to experiment with the water. This boosts their confidence; as the skills they learn in from their lessons take over. Alternatively, it is suggested that you get your child used to having showers. The shower spraying water over their head and around their eyes, ears, nose and mouth will help them to feel comfortable when water gets in their eyes in the pool. Furthermore, it encourages them to control their breathing when the water goes over their nose and mouth.