Many parents want to know how much time will it take for their little ones to become proficient in the water. However, learning how to swim correctly takes time and patience. Of course, depending on the abilities of your child the time takes learning skills may vary. However, one thing is clear that the more you practice swimming, the quicker you witness the results.
In addition, children can also improve their knowledge and skills by practicing outside of their swimming lessons, at home, even if they do not have a swimming pool. The little ones, especially the youngest swimmers, can practice their skills in the bathtub and on land, which can help them to retain the knowledge they are learning with their instructor.
How to practice swimming skills at home?
- You can start by practicing with getting your child’s face wet. You can do it by first pounding water over the head and then slowly by submersion.
- You child can then slowly begin to practice holding his or her breath for longer periods of time.
- Blowing bubbles in the bathtub or in a cup is another way of practicing.
- It is also possible to add practice sessions by stretching out and laying on the back while looking at the ceiling.
- While practicing, using bath toys can also come handy which they will enjoy the tub. You can practice reaching and grabbing toys.
It is also possible, at home, to practice climbing in and out of the pool. Children can easily practice this on the couch or on a high bed. Also, if your child has anxiety about entering the pool, let them jump into a pillow, which is a fun way to remove stress.
No matter how you get your child practiced at home, it is important to have fun. Although knowing how to swim is an important life skill for your little one, teaching them to love swimming is a priceless gift.