Swimming is an essential life saving skill, it’s good for fitness and it opens opportunities for other fun water-based activities. Without a doubt, learning to swim is important. And for children to thrive in the water, parents can play a key role.
Here are 5 simple ways to help your child succeed at swimming:
1. Bring them to public swims
To get your child familiar with water, be sure to gently introduce them to pools or other bodies of water at a young age. Let them have fun splashing around and playing with pool toys. The great thing about public swims is that kids can watch other kids around them play. If your child is hesitant about water, this might be the incentive they need to jump right in.
2. Enroll them in a swim class
Even when they’re just a few months old, you can sign up for a parent participation class and join them in the pool. You’ll learn games and basic moves, like floating or gliding, while holding them. In this environment, small children can start to feel secure in the water. Once they’re older and more independent, they’ll be ready for more formal lessons with a qualified instructor. Search our swim programs.
3. If you can’t swim, take a lesson too
If you’re hesitant about the water, your child might sense it. Register for some lessons yourself if you haven’t learned to swim (or just want to brush up on your strokes). It’s never too late! Besides being fun, learning fundamental skills is also an important safety precaution for you and your little one.
4. Ask them to show you what they learned
After the swim lessons are over, be sure to ask them what they learned. Express interest in their lessons and achievements. From a flutter-kick to the butterfly, there should be lots of new skills to proudly show you.
5. Practice swimming with them
We are lucky to be surrounded by many great indoor swimming facilities. And in the summer, we have an ocean, lakes and a multitude of outdoor pools. Practice swimming with your child and encourage them to get better. Make swimming a family activity.
Swimming is a great sport, so go have some fun!
To learn more about the range of swimming opportunities and swim lessons at North Vancouver Recreation and Culture, visit Swimming.