Konfidence Limited – Teaching Your Child to Swim

#Sponsored It’s so important to teach your child how to swim at an early age as well as water safety.

Put the Fun into Teaching your Child how to Swim.

We get told time and time again that swimming is an essential life skill. Teaching your child, to swim is incredibly difficult and there really is no quick fix, especially if you’re not confident in the water. There are, however, some incredibly simple steps you can take when you’re teaching your child to swim. I wish my mom had done these with me when I was younger.

Make Sure they’re Confident and Comfortable First

Before you get into the technicalities of what to do for each stroke, you have to make sure that your child is comfortable in the water. It is a good idea to start with just yourself in the water with your child sitting on the side. After that, try picking them up and allowing them to hover above the water, occasionally dunking their toes.

If your child is comfortable around water then it will be much easier to teach them to swim as they won’t fear drowning and they will know that they’re safe.

Part of this involves safety, so make sure your child has the necessary buoyancy aids. If you’re looking for stylish buoyancy gear instead of plain and traditional rings, try checking out Konfidence.

 Make it as Fun as Possible

Teaching your child how to swim is very different to them having a formal swimming lesson and, for this reason, you should make the focus to have fun. Always refer to it as ‘going for a swim’ rather than as a ‘swimming lesson’ as this should keep them more interested.

In addition, you should make swimming into a recreational activity, so try and incorporate some fun games as these will help them improve their ability while making it fun too. My kids love the water, and are both pretty young, so I’m always so nervous around the water with them. We definitely need to practice on them swimming.

Put Yourself in the Shoes of the Child

There’s no right or wrong way to teach your child how to swim and you shouldn’t feel pressured into doing something in a certain way. After all, you know your child better than anyone else, so surely you know what is best for them?

Swimming is just like schooling, and everybody learns at their own rate, so don’t be scared of taking your time. Swimming should also never be seen as a competition and, if you try do too much too soon then your child won’t find it enjoyable and may even become scared of the water.

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