If you want your child to be a better swimmer in time for the summer, there are a few simple things you can do to help. Taking them to classes and showing them how to swim on your own time is a great start, but here are a few tips that can turn a swimmer into a great swimmer.
Wear a proper swimsuit
Start with a swimsuit that fits properly. Something too tight can be restrictive, but something too loose can also cause problems and distractions. Don’t let either happen to your child! Make sure their suit is comfortable and clean, as well as functional for learning how to properly swim. A string bikini may not be a wise choice for learning to swim, for example. If you have boys, we love these anti-chafing swimming trunks from Coastal Dog Apparel. (As an added bonus, 100% of the profits go to children’s charities.)
Don’t just swim, do drills
Swimming can be seen as fun, but sometimes swimming will need to be a basic life-saving function. When you take your child swimming, don’t just splash around, but develop a routine and have them do drills in the water. This will get them focused on learning the basics and forms of swimming, rather than just having a fun time in the pool. Do this at least three times a week to build repetition.
Use flippers to practice
Believe it or not, flippers can really make your child a stronger swimmer in no time. Swim fins or flippers can help have been shown to teach your body and brain to take on a better body position in the water, and by practicing with them at least twice a week your child will learn what that position feels like. When they are not wearing the flippers, ask them to recreate that position by memory and feeling. This will help them learn to get their body working the way it should to swim the best they can.
Thank you to Angel Haney for these great tips!