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Swim lessons were always a part of my summers while growing up. I attended a comprehensive summer program which included swimming in an indoor pool, in addition to trips to pools in the surrounding area. As a parent, it’s always been important to me that my kids understand basic water safety precautions, and are comfortable in and around water. Equally important is for adults to have basic water safety skills as a means of most effectively supervising and instructing beginner swimmers gaining confidence in the water. Each year, we devote time to sharing an increased awareness of the importance of water safety. We've partnered publicly to share the Pool Safely campaign, focused on reaching populations most at risk of drowning. Before splashing about, build swim confidence in three basic steps.
Build Swim Confidence in 3 Basic Steps
Learning how to swim is beneficial in a multitude of ways, aside from being an excellent form of exercise, knowing how to swim is a lifesaving skill for yourself and others around you in the water. Enjoying a relaxing swim helps to relieve stress as an individual or group form of recreation. The more that you know about water safety and proper swim techniques, the more confident kids and adults will become in the water.
Safety First - Water Safety tips from the Pool Safely campaign headed by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recommends swim lessons are taught under the supervision of an experienced Swim Instructor. Developing proper breathing techniques, swim strokes, and water safety precautions. Remember to always swim with a buddy, regardless of your level of swim ability, in the event of an emergency. Also, a Personal Flotation Device (PFD) (affiliate) is advised to use, according to manufacturer's instructions.
Calm and Confident - Keeping your face in the water may take time to become comfortable for beginner swimmers. Using bath and shower times, outdoor water play, and other water games help with getting comfortable in the water. We helped my son get comfortable going underwater using Aqua Diver from PlayMonster (affiliate). Flexible and fun, the brightly colored squid is tossed into the pool, activating a timer. He enjoyed being timed to reveal how long it took for him to recover the squid, calmly and confidently improving his timing with more practice.
Building swim confidence in three basic steps establishes a healthy foundation for improving abilities in time. We've progressed from solo dips with the Aqua Diver to good ole' sibling rivalry underwater. Here's my tried and true advice, with more practice, more confidence is gained. Disney's forgetful little fish Dory said it best, "Just keep swimming!"
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