Kids love water and any activity pertaining to water is always welcome. The mere mention of swimming sends them into frenzy, but there are some safety guidelines and precautions one must adopt and practice before your kids take a plunge into the swimming pool.
• Adult supervision is a must when your kids are in the pool and learning how to swim.
• Sending them to swimming schools is a great idea because they will learn how to swim quickly, with complete guidance and under strict supervision of the trainer.
• Monsoon is not the tight time to begin swimming lessons. Summers or winters are the best times. However, swimming in cold waters in the winters can cause cold. Select a swimming pool that is indoors and has lukewarm water facility in the winters.
• Children must learn swimming in a pool where there are no chances of drowning. A shallow pool is preferred.
• The pool should be equipped with danger alarms and security guards to prevent any mishaps.
• Placing inflatable rubber ‘floaties’ in the pool will enable children to grasp them as and when needed.
• Ideally children should hold their trainer’s hands and learn to walk in the pool first.
• Kids should be comfortable and happy while they are in water. Encourage them to make friends.
• Children must never rush to the centre of the swimming pool. Remaining close to the sides of the pool will help develop confidence in the initial days.
• It takes at least about 2 months to learn swimming. Perfection can be attained with regular practice.
• Kicking the water using legs and learning to float are generally what is taught in the initial few classes.
• Kids must learn to overcome the fear of drowning by keeping their body light and learning to float.
• Practicing breathing mechanisms as taught by the swimming trainer. It is beneficial for learning swimming faster. However, they must never allow water to enter through nose or mouth.
• Kids must also try and grasp how to maintain a rhythm in water. This will be taught by the swimming trainers to the beginners.
• Chemicals in the pool water may cause damage to the skin and hair. Ensure sufficient protection is taken while children are in water. A complete swimming costume replete with swim cap may offer protection. Swimming goggles will also protect the eyes from chemicals in the pool water.
• Check with pool authorities regarding chemicals in the pool water and take protection measures accordingly.
• Massaging body and hair with almond oil or coconut oil moisturizes while also offering protection from chemicals in the pool water.
This a complete guide of some essential swimming tips for those kids learning how to swim. Kids must cultivate the art of patience while learning. If all the safety guidelines are adhered to, kids will have loads of fun learning swimming and enjoying the experience of learning too.