Exercises to learn to swim for children
Knowing how to swim is not only an important life insurance for our children, but it is one of the most complete sports that exist, as well as a fun hobby if practiced safely.
Being an aerobic sport, we will be helping our circulatory and respiratory system, strengthening the heart and lungs. In addition, we will promote postural alignment, mitigating, in many cases, back pain.
And as if these benefits were not enough, with swimming, our children will also gain in agility and coordination, we will help them prevent childhood obesity and improve concentration and rest.
Once these steps have been mastered, our children will have become familiar with the aquatic environment, they will have learned to breathe, float and gain confidence and fluency in order to learn the technique of swimming as a sports discipline.
How to motivate a child to swim
To give an example of the above, you can hold them in your arms and release them, with prior warning, so that they submerge their head and begin to control their breathing. It is important that they have protective goggles, so they will avoid the stinging of the chemicals when they open their eyes.
Little by little they should be allowed to test their progress. With the tips we have given you, the time will come when he will surprise you and move a few meters on his own. But it’s not all done yet. This is a dangerous moment because he will think he is an expert and will want you to let him go.
To help him gain confidence, it is a good idea to provide him with support elements, such as a board or a floatation bar. Floats or cuffs should not be used, as they do not contribute anything developmentally and can cause a setback in what has already been learned.
How to teach an 8 year old to swim
A mistake often made by parents with babies is that, when carrying them in the water, they take them in their arms facing him or her, and then pass them to the other parent, also in the water, without turning them around. Thus, the baby has a negative impression, because he/she feels that he/she is being dropped backwards without knowing where and without the certainty that someone will hold him/her. When passing the baby, it is best to turn the baby to face where he is going to go, so that he can clearly see where and with whom he is going. And gently wetting the baby’s face and head when entering the water helps them get used to it. Álvaro Bargues assures: “Once in the water, it is advisable to start gently wetting the head, better with a bucket with small holes so that it acts as a watering can. At first it will bother them, but it is less traumatic than wetting them all at once.
How to teach a 6-year-old child to swim
With the arrival of summer, beaches and swimming pools become essential places to combat the heat. In addition, it will be the perfect environment for our children to have fun during the summer months. There are many water activities that can be carried out! However, we must go little by little, and the first thing to do is to give them a first contact with water.
Experts recommend the first contact with water as quickly as possible. It is said that the baby’s adaptation will be quick, as it will remind them of their experience in the womb. But, for this to be possible, we must find a corner as calm and quiet as the mother’s belly was.
● First, peace of mind. We must find the ideal moment and, if not now, it will be another day. If we force them, we can generate water phobias. None of us want to play a dirty trick on them!