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How to Teach Swim Lessons: Swimming Guide for Parents

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Teach Swim Lessons Like a Pro

Teaching children to swim is not just for swim instructors any more. Today, I’m proving that parents can teach their child to swim using the same knowledge every good swim instructor knows. The key to successfully teaching swim lessons is mastering the basics to safe swimming. Before we get into the details on how to teach swim lessons, it is important you always supervise children when around water at all times. This applies even if they have been given swimming lessons.

Teaching swim lessons has 3 requirements:

  • Knowing your 4 basic swim skills
  • Understanding how your child feels
  • Having Patience

That is it. If you are comfortable with these 3 requirements you can begin to teach swim lessons. Let’s get in to each one:

Knowing your 4 basic swim skills:

Believe it or not, there are only 6 basic swim skills that help babies and children become safer swimmers. They are:

  1. Breath Control
  2. Floating
  3. Kicking
  4. Wall-Rescue

I go into full detail on how to teach each baby swim skill in the swim lessons page. Using these 4 swim skills, you can structure your child’s swimming lessons. There are fun pool exercises you can do together with your child to teach each one of these life saving skills. For example, to teach your baby breath control you can blow bubbles on top of the water. This will help them understand when to hold their breath and when it’ OK to come up and breathe.

Understanding how your baby feels in the pool:

Learning to swim can be a fun and exciting time spent with your baby. However, water is new to your baby so we must be able to understand how they are feeling in order to know if the swim lesson should slow down or move on.

As a general rule, slow down if anything swim exercise scares them. We do not want to build the idea that water is scary place. If you have an understanding when your baby can continue with the swim lesson, you will have an easier time learning how to teach swim lessons.

Have patience with your little swimmer:

You can know the swim skills, you can understand your baby’s feelings, but if you do not have patience your swim lessons will have been all for not. Take a big picture view on teaching your child to swim: if you take your time, and go at your baby’s pace your child will enjoy the water much more.

3 Tips for teaching your next swim lesson:

  1. Work on breath control in the first and last 2 minutes of each lesson
  2. Practice gently pouring water on the back of your child’s head in the bath to help them adjust to submerging underwater
  3. Use verbal cues for every skill to trigger the action: “Kick, Kick, Kick!” for remembering to use their legs while swimming.

 

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