Swimming is an excellent full-body exercise and is appropriate for all ages and abilities. Children as well as seniors can stay in great shape by spending regular time in the pool. Parents can help their kids develop a healthy lifestyle by helping them get comfortable in the water. Children don’t need to have Olympic aspirations to make an impact on their health and fitness. As an added benefit, children that know how to swim have more options for warm weather activities than those that are uncomfortable around the water.
The first step is for parents to sign their kids up for children’s swim lessons. Although some parents are able to teach their children how to swim, professional instructors tend to be more effective at helping young children gain the confidence they need to learn how to swim well. With an instructor that is not their parent, kids can learn essential skills necessary before they start swimming. Parents who never received formal instruction and either taught themselves to swim or learned from their parent might not know these pre-swimming skills to be able to teach them to their own children.
Some children learn better in group classes and others perform best in one-on-one lessons. In groups, children can learn from each other’s questions and struggles. While they may not have as much personal interaction with the instructor, kids often perform very well in groups. Those that go to school are used to learning this way and adapt well to it in the pool. On the other hand, some kids are more self-conscious and will learn to swim more easily in a one-on-one training environment. Parents know their children best and should pick the type of swim lessons that will be most likely to help them learn to swim quickly.
After learning to swim, children will have opportunities to do other things in the pool. They might choose to join a swim team and compete with others in the age group. They might also participate in other water sports. Best of all, kids who can swim will feel comfortable in and around water so they can have fun with their friends all summer long.