Some say we're all born with our own set of interests and comfort zones and I tend to believe that. However, there are some skills that can be fundamental to survival, emergency situations, or just leisure – SWIMMING.
Unless you're a fish trapped in a humans body or just naturally in tune with anything aquatic, water (especially as a young child) can be intimidating and even scary.
When I was younger, I was never taught how to swim and was actually told to stay on the shallow end. I am now almost 30 and am barely letting go of my water phobia and just going for it! Luckily, I now know that by taking proper steps to ensure safety and encourage fun, swimming can be a liberating activity. I've always believed water is something to be respected and enjoyed.
Planning on scheduling that first swim lesson for your kiddo? Below are some tips on how to get your child to warm up to the water and decrease the first day jitters.
This is the first step in teaching your child to swim independently. Accidentally swallowing water can be a frightening setback, so make sure you encourage him to submerge his face and blow bubbles to increase his comfort level in the water.
Securely hold your child under his arms, facing you. Start walking backward through the water. As you pick up a little speed, the water will gently push him into a front float position.
There is nothing more secure and relieving to know that even though you may make a wrong move, you'll still float :) I would suggest using life vests or any other floating devices will getting you child to warm up to the water.