Swimming as we all know is a lifesaving skill. Whether or not we as adults can swim ourselves, most people want their children to be able to swim.
While most primary and secondary schools have swimming lessons for kids at some point, many parents like to take it further than that and teach their kids themselves, whether via paid lessons or teaching their kids themselves.
If you decide to take this second option there's no absolute right or wrong way about going about this, but here are some tips:
Make the idea fun
If you create some excitement about going swimming the child will normally be more open to the idea of trying it. Don't overhype it though, kids can smell fakers from a mile off and will end up being wary.
Don't rush in
It takes some kids longer than others to get used to the water, so start them off by allowing them to get comfortable in the shallow end and have a bit of free time.
When you feel they're ready to get it going, have them hold onto the side of the pool and work on their kicking technique. Keep them informed on how they're doing, the aim of this being to make sure they're able to keep them afloat with their kicking and to strengthen their legs.
One they've got their leg movement’s right, next work on the arms. You can support them during this process by holding them on their front side while they use the learned kicking process and practice their hand movements.
Once they have got this down they can see if they can put both of these movements together by themselves. And there you have it, a swimming child. Children can learn this process at different speeds, so please be patient with yours.