Steer clear of these goof-ups & make swim-time fun for your kid

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What’s a better way to bond with your kid, than to explore different activities with them? Swimming can be a great rapport-building session for you and your kid! But teaching your kid how to swim can be tricky, especially if you are not sure how to go about it.

Do not skip swimming
Swimming is not just a pass-time activity but can be valuable for your child’s development. Still thinking we are exaggerating? Here are some perks of adding swimming to your kid’s routine:

Adding sports early on will instill values and build character. It will help them communicate with their teams, take the initiative, set and persevere to achieve their own goals. Swimming will make them good sports!

For young kids, swimming is a great exercise and can strengthen their bodies. The fact that swimming avoids too many injuries is just icing on the cake!

However, the biggest reason to insist that your child must know how to swim is the safety aspect of it. Drowning is a leading cause of uneventful deaths and takes almost 10 lives every day. Just avoid these 5 mistakes, and you will be on your way to winning ‘The Best Parent’ award.

1. Why the first dip is important
The fear of being too harsh is what holds most of the parents back from being good instructors. But if your child is going to learn how to swim, they will have to go underwater. As parents, if you don’t make them comfortable in the water, your child will always be fearful. Acclimatizing kids and even babies to water can save their lives. So don’t fret that they will cry, because it is a lesson that must be taught. You never know, after their first dip, they might want to go back for more!

2. Relax! Give your child some time
On the first day, do not begin hoping that your child swims like an athlete. That may not happen even after years of swimming. So ensure to be realistic and not overwhelm your child with your expectations because that might prove to be counter-productive. Push your child to practice, inspire them to love swimming. Tiring them will make them dislike the sport.

3. Learn it, and learn it well
More than the number of strokes, it is important to know how to swim each stroke. The body mechanics of every stroke is unique and nuanced and must be taken care of with great detail. The movement of the hands, legs, hip, and head must be focused on and corrected if wrong. Learning wrong strokes can be problematic if one wants to become a professional swimmer.

4. Keep ‘em kicking
Kicking right is significant to becoming a skillful swimmer. By investing too much in hand movements, your child won’t learn how to maintain balance, move forward or remain afloat.  Swimming requires more than just good arm work. But kicking heedlessly is futile. A kick must be controlled, and the legs must be straight.

5. Don’t get too ambitious
You may want to teach your child new routines, but learning every drill is unnecessary. Drill videos online are not always dependable. Trainers in such videos are often professional coaches and may not go into the depths of each technique.

Let the professional do the teaching
Still questioning whether you can avoid these simple mistakes? Then maybe you should consider signing up for lessons along with your kid. Work on your skill while your child learns how to swim. Because nothing beats some fun and learning with your child.

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