Learn to Swim Videos
This is the second in a series of three blog posts where we walk you through the steps to Swimming Success. In our first blog post in this series we talked about Swim Step 1 and making your child’s first time in the water a comfortable and happy one. In this blog post we’ll go over how you can help your toddler build confidence in the water and set them up for future swim training success. Mario Vittone joins us once again as narrator. Let’s make a splash together with Swim Step 2 – Water Exploration.
Swim Step 2
Now that your child feels comfortable and confident in the water it’s time for them to take the next step in the learn to swim process. Early childhood experiences in the water should be fun and easy, so Swim Step 2 is about mixing fun with formal training and maintaining a good balance between the two. Toys are a great way to engage with your child in the water during structured and unstructured water play, use them as part of a retrieval game to incentivize your child’s swim training process or use them as a way to gently encourage children not to fear water around their face as demonstrated in the video.
Don’t expect your toddler to swim on his or her own straight away of course, go with them as they learn to balance, paddle and splash. At this stage it’s still very important that a parent or guardian is by their side as they begin to develop independence in the water, not just for physical safety but to help build courage and confidence.
Watch the SwimWays Swim Step 2 – Water Exploration video:
If you missed the first post in the series click here to read about Swim Step 1 – Water Introduction and watch the video.