This post was sponsored by SwimWays as part of an Ambassador Program for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

Our family lives on an island.   Before we moved to our little South Carolina island, we met on an island in the Caribbean.  So we love water.  I want my children to love water as well.  But I want them to have a healthy respect for this awesome natural resource.  That’s why I’ve taught them to swim at an early age.

My daughter Piper learned to swim in one of the top ten most beautiful beaches in the world (Magen’s Bay), lucky kiddo.   Learning to swim in seawater is easier, your body naturally floats a bit.    My first job ever was a swim lesson teacher at the YMCA.  It was probably my favorite job ever too.  It was so fun teaching cute little guppies to swim.  It’s honestly harder to teach your own children to swim.  I think it’s hard to teach your own kids anything, (high five home schooling moms – you deserve it).

Here are my top 5 tips as a former swim instructor for teaching your children to swim.  

  1.  Number One, Make it fun!  A love of swimming stems from a foundation of fun.   Your child will want to get back in the pool with you if you are both enjoying yourselves!    This fun will help them get comfortable in the water.  Comfortable kids swim faster!   So FUN matters.
  2. Teach your child to hold their breathes and blow bubbles.   This can even be done at home at bath time.  If your child is younger, you can even blow in their face and they will reflexively hold their breath.  It’s a natural reaction that they lose as they get older.
  3. We sing, a lot.  The boys like the speckled frog song.   Singing to children relaxes them and makes it fun.
  4.  Five Little Speckled Frogs sat on a speckled log, Eating the most delicious bugs. Yum! Yum! One jumped into the pool ( kid jumps into your arms) Where it was nice and coolNow there are Four green speckled frogs (repeat until there are none)

    4.   Use toys.  Throw the toys far away and have your child reach and pull to grab them.  This mimics the arm movements of the freestyle swim stroke.   We also use the toys to put on the boys bellies when practicing floating.  For example put a rubber duck on your babies belly, relax them in your arms and tell them not to let the duck touch the water.

  5. Floatation Devices are a great tool!   Start each lesson with the floatation device.  We pretend to be motor boats and blow bubbles while we are floating around the pool.    The bubbles will teach your child breath control, then if you add a kick your child is basically swimming!

For more awesome tips and ideas to help your children learn to swim, head to the Teach Me To Swim site HERE.  

 

We are lucky this year and had the opportunity to partner with Swimways as ambassadors.  SwimWays is an industry leader in helping children learn to swim and promoting water safety.  SwimWays started National Learn to Swim Day in 2012 and is dedicated to educating parents and children about water safety and the importance and benefits of learning to swim.   Each year, the 3rd Saturday of May is National Learn to Swim Day.   National Learn to Swim Day will be held on May 19, 2018.

Swimways makes our favorite floatation devices, and they are available at your local Target.

The SwimWays Baby Spring Float Sun Canopy for babies 9-24 months is the #1 selling baby float in the U.S. It consistently receives 4 & 5 star ratings by consumers for years. Consumers appreciate all the features of this product compared to competition:

  • Large circumference and patented inner spring around the outside edge for added stability.
  • Fabric-covered inflation and a soft mesh seat for durability and comfort.
  • Safety valves and dual air chambers enhance security.
  • Adjustable and removable canopy with 50+ UPF sun protection.
  • Mesh play space for toys and splashing.
  • Folds flat into three compact circles for portability and storage. Includes carry bag.

 

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