How to help your kids swim for the first time
Here are some frequently asked questions :
1. What age should i bring my kids for their first swim?
As explained earlier, there is no recommendation about the perfect time to go in the water. It’s not even rare to see, in many countries, generations of what we call the “baby swimmers” as water is well know for the relaxing benefits it offers.
The earlier your kids are comfortable with water, the more they will want to play and swim later on.
Concerning swimming (as a sport), some experts advise to start at 6-7 years old as they assume that kids are not really able to learn efficiently the sport before that age. In fact, swimming is like walking at the beginning, it is a completely different way of moving and the apprenticeship can take time.
2. How do i get them comfortable during their first swim?
As for many other learning processes, the most important is to avoid putting pressure on them as they would get discouraged.
3. How do I ensure my kid's safety?
Being well equipped is really important in helping them enjoy their swim and gain confidence. It is also the best way for you, as parents, to support them without any pressure.
First of all, the main essential is the float. It can be a armfloat, a belt or a regular one. Getting a float will definitely help them to enjoy without being restricted in their movements. Make sure to try the right size as your kids are growing and needs to get an adapted equipment at all time.
Secondly, goggles are not only a good way to protect the eyes from the water. They are also a perfect way to protect the eyes from the UV. They are perfect anti-fear as children can see what is around them, and are thus a must-have in order to progress.
Third, the nose clip : who likes water getting in the nose? No one ! For those who are not used to the water, it’s a nice and comfortable way to avoid this kind of displeasure.
Last but not least, the rashguards. As Singapore’s weather is know to be sunny with a High ultraviolet index, a good rashguard is recommended to protect and preserve their skin.
4. How to train my kids to swim?
Throw objects that they’ll have to bring back, go at the other side of the swimming pool and ask them to come, swim with them … you see, there are plenty of ways to make it fun!
Once your kids gets ready and shows motivation, you can join clubs in order to improve their skills and learn more about the sport.
5. Where to swim?
Sentosa offers as well a variety of places to swim too - be it in the sea or in a waterpark - making the pleasure of swimming even more accessible !
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Swimming is the perfect sport as it helps me to cool down after a warm day ;)