By Kaleb Wallen, Steve Wallen Swim School
1. Enroll In Swim Lessons
At Steve Wallen Swim school we believe that the earlier a child starts swim lessons, the better. Swim lessons at an early age can teach children water safety and water awareness skills. These skills will teach students to respect the water and help them develop confidence. Students enrolled in swim lessons will achieve developmental, physical, and social benefits, and will gain a skill that ensures a lifetime of safe, fun swimming.
2. Children Should Learn To Swim Without Goggles And Be Comfortable Opening Eyes Underwater
All students should learn to swim without wearing goggles and be able to open their eyes underwater while swimming. Many students become dependent on wearing goggles and lose the ability to swim if their goggles fall off or fill with water while swimming. If a child happens to fall into a pool without goggles, it is critical that they are comfortable opening their eyes in the water in order to locate the nearest step or wall and swim to safety.
3. Limit The Use Of Flotation Devices
Throughout the “learn to swim” phase, we highly recommend that parents get in the water with their children during any non-swim lesson time in the pool. This is important because it allows children to learn to swim independently, without the use of any flotation devices. These devices create a false sense of security and cause children to become dependent on swimming with them. If a child falls or jumps in a pool, it is important that they know how to float and/or put their face in the water, without the aid of a flotation device, and swim to the side of the pool.
On a side note, always make sure your kids wear life jackets on boats, personal watercraft, and in open bodies of water.
4. Follow A Getting-Ready-To-Swim Routine Before Swimming
Very similar to following a morning routine to get ready for school if a child follows a routine such as going to the bathroom, putting on swim diaper and suit, and applying sunscreen to get ready for swimming it will deter them from just jumping in a pool on a whim.
5. Keep Children Under Constant Supervision
No matter how advanced you think your child is at swimming, they must always be supervised when in or around the water.
6. Know CPR
CPR is a procedure that everyone should know how to do. You never know when administering CPR could help to save a life.
7. Install Pool Fences Or Other Barriers
If you have a pool, installing fences or other barriers around the pool is highly recommended, especially if there are children near the area.
8. Have Fun!
At Steve Wallen Swim School, our mission is to ensure that every student who walks through our door not only learns to swim, but enjoys doing it. No matter your age, experience, or skill level, always remember to have fun while swimming – we sure do!
For more information, please visit us online at www.wallenswim.com!