The 4 Basic Rules of Swimming

The 4 Basic Rules of Swimming

Learn the 4 safety measures you can take to protect your children from avoidable mistakes.

By: Aimelin F.

Water is naturally attractive, and often it is vital in order to survive summer’s unbeatable heat. The bright sun on its surface and its soft waves mesmerize the senses with unparalleled beauty. Before your children throw themselves into it, make sure they know these protective measures. We want them to be able to look back fondly at their summer memories.

Teach them to be aware of what is happening around them, because it can save their lives. If you are at a pool, is there a lifeguard in sight? Or if you’re at the beach, can you read the shark and tide alerts?

Help them find the alerts and the people who are in charge of their safety. If no one is near the water, this should be a warning. Instill in them that checking their surroundings before taking action is something that they should always do.

Do their little friends splash each other and run uncontrollably around the pool? Just think about what could happen if your child were to partake.


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Do not touch what floats in the water! Teach them to ask an adult before physically touching anything they’re not sure about. Do not kill their curiosity of course, but allow them to ask enough questions so that they can come up with their own conclusions.

You don’t need a PhD in Physics to be able to explain to them that they will not feel gravity in water as they do when on sand. Instead of feeling their feet on the ground, they will feel a sense of suspension. Floating, for many children, means less protection and not everyone likes it.

Another point to consider is the resistance of water. Your children’s movements will be less brisk since water has more resistance than air.

Make sure they keep these physical changes in mind so they can act on them properly and positively.

Let Them Try Alone
Ask them if they like the temperature, and teach them to use their feet as depth detectors. Give them space and confidence without taking your eyes off of them. Need to turn away for a second? Get them out of the water first!

All of this can help them be more comfortable in the water and to stay afloat.

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