Coach Krissy demonstrates the importance of having fun in the water to associate positive feelings with learning to swim. Remember to always follow the Safer 3 by making sure you have safer water (barrier protection), safer kids (swim lessons), and a safer response (CPR), and teach your kids to have fun and love the water as they learn to swim.
Show your kids how to blow bubbles in the water through their noses. This will prevent them from getting water up their noses while making them more comfortable when it's time to go underwater. Then, you can teach them how to bob by going underwater, blowing bubbles, and coming up for air.
Now that your kids are comfortable going underwater and have learned how to breathe, the next step is to learn to float on top of the water. Start with lots of supportive and reassuring contact under their head and back and gradually move to unassisted floats. Help them relax and have fun by singing songs as you learn to float.
The next step is teaching your kids how to get back to the wall safely. Start with having them glide to you and then gently help them glide back to and grab the wall. From there, progress your child falling off and safely returning to the wall on their own.
Our mission at Learn2Swim.org is to provide easy-to-follow video tutorials to help you learn the basics on teaching your kids how to swim. These videos empower you with the basic framework to get your kids started on the path to swimming safely.
The more kids who are taught how to swim at a young age, the less chance for accidental drownings to occur in the future. By providing these free videos to our visitors, we hope to reduce the risk of drowning deaths and injuries.
Coach Krissy is a professional swimming trainer at SwimKids™ Swim Schools in Leesburg, Woodbridge, Gainesville, and Fredericksburg, Virginia. She has been working for SwimKids™ helping children to swim for the past 15 years.