Editor’s Note: This blog focuses on teaching children to swim with the SwimWays Swim Steps program. The steps include Swim Step 1: Water Introduction, Swim Step 2: Water Exploration, and Swim Step 3: Swim Training. Swim along with us and teach your child the skills of a lifetime!
Swim Steps 1
- Don’t force it- It’s very important that your baby want to be in the water. If he/she doesn’t, consider sitting with them on the edge of the pool or letting them play on a shallow step while staying within arm’s reach.
- Getting used to the water- The next step is to allow them to dip their toes in. Consider splashing a little water onto their stomach, too!
- Help your baby become comfortable- Now, you can place your child in one of our comfortable and secure Baby Spring Floats (for ages 9-24 months).
Swim Steps 2
- Touch Supervision- It’s important that you stay within arm’s reach of your child (known as “touch supervision”) while they continue to explore the water in Step 2- Water Exploration. This will help to build trust and security while in the pool, as well as gain some independence.
- Fun + Instruction- Split the time you’ve designated for your child’s swim training to include time spent with a swim instructor and time dedicated to fun. You can use floating pool toys such as Pick Me Up Pelican to develop hand-eye coordination, balance, and confidence!
- Breath Control- A great way to develop your child’s breath control is by using games. Lower and raise a toy above and just below the surface of the water. Make sure they also have goggles to keep water out of their eyes.
Swim Steps 3
During your child’s Swim Step 3 training, they should continue wearing swim training flotation aids like the Sea Squirts Swim Trainer Life Jacket or Power Swimr. These wearable flotation devices help your child stay in well-balanced swimming positions. They are also easy to adjust.
These vests help children learn to use their arms and kick their legs- training them to develop coordination for independent movement in the water. As your child progresses, you can begin to take the flotation pads out of the Power Swimr, one at a time. Along with wearing swim gear, continue to encourage your child to practice and consider signing them up for swim lessons.
For more detailed instructions, take a look at our blogs on each of the individual steps.