One of the most important parts of my holiday is the swimming pool. It’s the perfect chance for my family and I to spend quality time together by the pool, and have fun splashing around in it. Getaways are a great opportunity for children to learn, especially when it comes to swimming. So, I’ve put together some fantastic tips that’ll help when you want to teach your little ones how to swim.
1) Heading to the pool every day
Learning how to swim doesn’t happen instantly. You’ll need to make sure you go to the pool each day and practice. You don’t want to overwhelm them by teaching the butterfly stroke on the first day. So, go through the basics like floating on their back and kicking their feet, over and over again. Even if this is still with armbands, it’ll give them a chance to feel comfortable being in the pool, with their surrounds and enjoy having fun in the water.
2) Use inflatables and floats
Using armbands, floats or any other inflatables is a great tool to get your little ones to swim. They’ll be able to use them in the kids’ pool, and in the shallow end of the main pool; here, you’ll be able to practice moves like backstroke and breaststroke. Once your little one gets more confident in the pool, try taking away the inflatables or floats. Make sure you’re there to give them a helping hand. A great way to do it this by having two adults a short distance apart and getting your little one to swim between you. A bonus with inflatables is they’ll keep the kids entertained for hours, and it’s the perfect relaxing tool for you to float around the pool and soak up some sun.
3) Choose a quiet time
If you’re going on holiday in the middle of summer, choosing when you teach your little one to swim is essential. You don’t want to be surrounded by lots of people when you’re trying to get them used to swimming without armbands. If you head to the pool early in the morning or late afternoon, there’s a great chance that there’ll be fewer people, which means more room for you move around and get them swimming. Another benefit of this is it won’t be as hot, and it’ll give you longer to show them how to float, paddle and swim.
4) Make it fun
The most important part to remember about swimming is that it’s fun. Whether you make this into a game or reward your little ones with ice cream after, they’re more likely to pick this up if they’re enjoying themselves. Do you remember what it was like when you were learning how to swim? When I was learning how to swim many years ago, I remember my Dad making me laugh throughout by splashing, making jokes and letting me go at my own pace. Holidays are all about making memories, and this is your perfect opportunity.