“Swimming for Life” – A Guide for Parents

A basic guide for parents in how to support their children when in and around the water

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“Swimming for Life” – A Guide for Parents

by Jairo Montenegro

Artwork: Jairo Montenegro








Copyright © 2017

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It is never too early when it comes to learning how to swim and since being in the water is fun, why not encourage your baby to become confident when in and around the water?

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Your role as a parent:

Before Class Begins:

  • Give your child an opportunity to visit the pool before the beginning of class.

  • Describe what will happen during the lesson or perhaps talk to an instructor. Even very young children can benefit from this orientation.

  • Attend every lesson. Frequent practice is the key to adjustment and learning. Children can regress quickly if they do not have consistent practice.

During the Learning:

  • Provide encouragement.

  • Be positive and give praise no matter how small the accomplishment is.

  • Facilitate consistent practice and review of learned skills.

  • Have patience – It is important not to pressure your child to perform before he or she is ready.

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Some of the benefits that come from swimming are:

  • Improves coordination and balance

  • Helps to build muscles

  • Provides quality bonding time

  • Improves their sleeping pattern

  • Improves a baby’s appetite

  • Builds water confidence

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Some of the advantages that toddlers gain from swimming are:

  • Increased stamina and endurance.

  • Improves balance and posture.

  • Helps with the prevention of childhood obesity, which has been linked to juvenile diabetes.

  • Increased understanding of how to follow rules appropriately.

  • Improves overall mood, and helps combat depression.

  • Meeting new people and making new friends.

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Learning how to swim at an early age can greatly improve the quality of life one can have in the future. Seventy percent of the Earth’s surface is covered by water, so why spend life confined to dry land when you can learn to safely enjoy all that the world has to offer?

 

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For further information, you can go to:

American Red Cross

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