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How NOT to Teach Your Baby to Swim: Avoid the 5 Mistakes All Parents Make • Teach Baby To Swim

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How NOT to Teach Your Baby to Swim: Avoid the 5 Mistakes All Parents Make

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“A Wise Man Learns by the Mistakes of Others, a Fool by His Own”

I am proud to say have had the pleasure of teaching hundreds of infants, babies, toddlers and kids how to swim. Every new baby swim lesson I have with parents in the water, I am always surprised to see the same common mistakes made by the parent. I have made of list of the top 5 swimming mistakes parents make when teaching their baby to swim. Let teaching swimming be a little bit easier for you and learn from the mistakes of others.

1. Verbal and Lift Cues

Verbal and Lift Cues are the signals that you constantly give your child during swim lessons to let them know you are about submerge them underwater. Parents who are new to swim lessons have a hard time remembering to give verbal and lift cues each time they are going to bring their baby underwater.

The right way: Use a repeated verbal cue like “1…2…3!” and a lift cue of literally lifting your child 1 to 2 inches up before bring them in the water. Repeating these cues will help you baby predict when they need to hold his or her breath.

2. Wall Jump Delay

First of all, the Wall Jump is a baby swim safety drill that teaches your child to swim back to the pool wall if they ever fell in by accident. Many parents I observe will have what I call a “Wall Jump Delay”. This is simply taking too much time for you to turn your baby towards the pool wall after your baby enters the water. Many times I see parents picking up their child out of the water, then turning him around to the wall. This mistake makes it hard for your baby to understand they must return to the wall immediately after they fall in.

The right way: As soon as your baby enters the water, help your baby turn while still underwater and give them help as they learn to reach out front for the wall. This must be done quickly to allow baby to reach the wall for a breath.

3. Being Mr. Nice Guy

I know it is hard for a parent to bring their baby under the water for the first time. You’re not sure how they will react, will they be scared, will they cry, the questions are endless. Because of this, many parents I have observed choose to skip over water safety exercises that might be tough for their baby. But as hard as it may be to take your child for his or her first dip in the pool, your child’s life is at stake and they need to learn to swim.

The right way: Understand you are preparing your baby so they will be less at risk of drowning. It is your job as a parent to give your child the tools needed to survive in the pool and sometimes these are the pool exercises that can be live saving. Children will naturally develop a love for the water even if they are scared at first. Practice makes perfect.

4. Unrealistic Expectations

All too often parents will begin swimming lessons with an unrealistic expectation of their child’s swimming abilities. I find myself constantly reminding my parents that baby swimming lessons should be at the child’s pace. If you are hoping your child will understand each water safety skill the first time or two around, you and your baby will find the swim lessons to be disappointing.

The right way: Swimming lessons should be fun! Go into each swim lesson with a clear understanding of what you would like to teach your baby and leave the expectations on the pool deck. Just having fun and playing can lead to some of the best learning experiences of your child’s swimming lessons!

5. Floating With Ears in and out the Water

Next time you get into the pool, try this: allow the water level to be just below your ears as you look forward. Then, sink down and lift back up so the water covers and uncovers your ears quickly. If you haven’t jumped in the pool to experience this lately, I can tell you it is one of the most irritating experiences for young swimmers. When your helping your baby learn to float, you have two choices: ears out or ears in. Not both.

The right way: For a happier baby, let your child’s head and neck rest on one arm while you keep an eye on the water level. If your baby starts to cry, its probably because of the water in his or her ears or the bright sun on his face. Use a hat to help block the sun from both of your faces. 🙂

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1 Comment

  1. I have made all those same mistakes when I was first teaching my kid to swim. Didn’t even know it at the time.

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