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Teaching A Toddler To Swim

Updated on December 29, 2017
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I live on a homestead in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Writing and reading are my passion.

The Toddler Swimming Program

They suggest that you let your toddler take swimming lessons from a qualified swimming instructor, instead of teaching the child yourself. The toddler swimming program, will take you and your toddler on an exciting journey of discovery.

My nephew was taught to swim as a toddler and when he left school he became a diver for the navy.


Swimming Encourage A Respect For Water

  • Early swimming lessons also encourage a healthy respect for water and the pool.
  • Choose an instructor that uses teaching techniques that have been tried and tested, in an enthusiastic and fun-filled way.
  • Many swimming instructors start by the playful way of teaching them to blow bubbles in the water and to play safely in the water.
  • Once your child has mastered swimming, you will have greater peace of mind, especially if there is a pool at home.
  • The first lesson they should receive would be that they have to ask a grown up for permission before they are allowed to go near the water. This will ensure that no accidents happen. They will also learn how to enter and leave the pool safely. They get taught to hold onto the side should they fall into the pool by accident.
  • The toddlers are also taught water awareness and safety skills in the pool. The purpose of the course is to make children comfortable with the water and teach them swimming skills.
  • They are taught to float and also to hold their breath under water and to turn around and try to reach the side.
  • This gets accomplished by repetition. Each exercise gets repeated at least a few times in each lesson.
  • The swimming programs are aimed at preparing the young swimmers to be confident in the water.
  • Learning is enforced and encouraged through a fun filled and energetic atmosphere. They get taught to use their arms and legs simultaneously while swimming.
  • Basic swimming skills are taught, by continuous repetition. With ongoing progress and by rewarding different levels of achievements.


Use Praise To Encourage The Child

Teach New Skills.

  • So many young children lack self confidence when they start school. A child with low self esteem will find it difficult to make friends and won’t enjoy school. Teaching your child skills before he reaches school going age will make all the difference and what better way than to start with swimming at a young age.
  • To motivate your child to try harder and to reach their potential, use praise and help them to master the art of swimming. As parents we really owe it to our kids to help them realize their full potential.
  • When children are faced with new skills that they want to accomplish it can cause anxiety and stress. With support and guidance from parents this can be overcome. Encourage your child to have the right attitude, and a positive mindset. Explain to your child that anything that you do for the first time is normally difficult, but that with practice it becomes easy. Praise them for trying even if they don’t succeed at first.

© 2017 Anita Hasch


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      Anita Hasch 9 months ago from Port Elizabeth

      Hi Patricia, You are so right. So many kids, especially toddlers drown each year. And when they master the art of swimming, it does so much for their self esteem.

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      Patricia Scott 10 months ago from sunny Florida

      So important for everyone to know... having the ability to swim not only will bring immeasurable pleasure but will safeguard in the event they need it for survival. Thank you for sharing.

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