Enrolling your baby in swimming lessons around 6 months to 1 year of age is an excellent time to start them. The water is a very natural place for them to be since they spent all of their time in the womb submersed in water, so starting them young makes a lot of sense. The lessons will remain very basic and will not stress or pressure you or your child in anyway. You will also be with them for every step of the way and will be holding them, so you both can feel very secure. This article will discuss 3 things your baby will learn in baby swim lessons.
Being Comfortable In The Water
Perhaps the most basic, yet most important, thing that your child will learn during their baby swim lessons is how to feel more comfortable in the water. As stated in the intro, your baby spent 9 months in water in your womb, so it is a place that at one time they were very used to. However, sometimes infants grow to hate baths and are uncomfortable in the water. Swimming lessons will reintroduce them to just how natural water can be, and is the first step to helping them feel comfortable learning other basic swimming skills.
Basic Kicking And Other Swimming Motions
Once your child is used to the water, they will then be able to try new things while they are in there. You will hold them and move forward in the water while they learn how fun and cool it feels to kick their feet under the water. This is a great motion to learn because it shows your child that they can still move freely in the water and is one of the basic steps of learning how to swim. Your child will also learn how to move their hands in the water, while you ensure that their face stays above the surface.
Floating is a very important technique to learn to prevent drowning, so it is something that is often taught in most baby swimming lessons. You will place your hands under your child in the water, while they are on their back, and will help them to remain still and calm. Overtime, you will be able to move one hand at a time, until they can calmly float on their own. This may take several lessons to master, but is a skill that is most definitely worth teaching them.