L.N. asks from Saint Joseph, MI on July 25, 2007
Swimming Lessons - Saint Joseph,MI
You moms are awesome! I'm really looking for the details on HOW you taught your kiddos to swim. He's got the moves down, but now I don't know how to teach him to put it all together and swim...know what I mean? Thanks
I have heard some of you say in other topics, that you used to teach swimming. Who better to ask than a teacher? What is the best way to teach a 3yr old to swim? He swims with the armbands and knows all the motions; kicking, treading water, doggie paddling, he will even put his face in. My question is, how do you teach them to put it all together? Or is it something that will come with age if we keep practicing? Since my parents have an inground pool, it is a MUST that our kids learn to swim, for safety. I used to be certified to be a lifeguard, but that didn't involve teaching one to swim...and lets not say how long ago it was!! lol Any tips?
So What Happened?™
Just thought I'd let you know that we took off the floaties to see if he could swim at all and he sank like a rock...lol! (Of course, he's never alone by the pool) I guess it will be a little while before he can coordinate it all. Thanks for the advice!
B.K. answers from Detroit on July 28, 2007
Hi there, I am a former Swim Instructor. Congrats to you on making sure you're little one can swim, drowning is the #1 cause of death in kids! It sounds like he has all the basic skills, but it will take him some time to be able to put everything together. He will have to get a little more coordinated before he can "swim swim"
Just keep practicing with him, the floaty suits are a good idea too. It will help keep him afloat while he practices the motions!
J.C. answers from Detroit on July 26, 2007
We used the swimming suits with the floating device inside then around the chest and back. Our five year old is now an excellent swimmer and hasn't needed her floaty suit this summer. She loved it because she could swimm with her head in the water but her body would still be floating ont top.
It gave her freedom to swim and it gave us the secure feeling that she was safe while learning how to swim. Last year we helped her swim without the floating suit for a while, then put her in her other suit to practice what we showed her.
D.J. answers from Detroit on July 26, 2007
We felt the padded swimming suits really took our 3-year-old to the next level. Then, when we felt she leveled out again, we signed her up for swimming lessons at the community pool. She is now 4 and doing really well. We will probably do the same swim class in the fall again. I think time and practice will help out a lot too. Good luck.
P.S. I saw the padded swimming suits on clearance sale at ToysRUS.
L.C. answers from Kalamazoo on July 26, 2007
My 3 year old nephew comes over to our house alot and we have a swimming pool. I have a body bathing suit life jacket for him. He does wonderful in it. The life jacket part is around the chest and tummy area. It's called a flaoatation suit. Even my 2 year old nephew wears it when he comes over. They keep the kids up on the water and it gives them the mobility to use their arms mre. They even go under water and come right back up. They love it. It gives them freedom but alos helps to protect them. N either one are scared of the water at all. We teach thwm how to use their arms and feet for swimming. I hope this helps some.