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November 25, 2016

My kids have been swimming at the YMCA for about 9months, over this time I have been observing the instructors, asking lots of questions – getting advice.   I was always like hey I like you, you’re cool and they were like ummm you’re ok – then we had a coffee date and we decided to go steady for the summer and now I will continue to share lots of awesome stuff with you guys, that I would have shared anyway.  Just with the awesome feeling of an ego/confidence boost cos the YMCA says oh we like what you do!

(Disclaimer – I am not being paid but my Family and I have been generously given full access to  preschool swimming lessons, school aged and adult swim lessons, gym and a few personal training sessions, click on those links to support this endeavor).

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The way I have always parented my kids is by catering to their abilities not struggles, I think my kids are capable of far more then I give them credit for.  I don’t focus on what I think they can’t do.
I am so thankful that the way my kids have been taught to swim has reflected this, here are a few things I have observed when watching my kids swimming lessons that I have done my best to adopt when I swim with them.  I think it could benefit every kid who needs a bit of water confidence.
Instead of saying ‘there is nothing to be scared of’ over and over again,  I tell them that I am scared to go under as well. Then I say, ‘Let’s do it together.’   It’s OK to be vulnerable, vulnerability is a powerful tool when used properly.

  • Try to use clear, direct instructions.
  • Consistency. Repetitive skill practice
  • Introduce change slowly.
  • Celebrate ALL triumphs. It may be as simple as touching the tip of their nose to the water, or it could be swimming the full length of the pool with a new stroke.
  • Every accomplishment is big.
  • Allow time for “free time.” Give them a bit of time to explore the water.  Make this a refreshing time for the child to just be free. It can also help the swim instructor get to know them on a new level.

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Do your kids have lessons? or have you taught your child to swim? Do you have any tips to share with me? have you struggled with teaching your child to swim? What were they?

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