Parent plays an important role in children swimming experience. While children are striving hard to learn how to swim, parent should know how to help their children. Do not expect your child to be able to swim soon after they are introduced to water. It depends on individual learning ability. As a parent, you should focus on the long term goal and avoid putting pressure on achievement and expecting quite results, this may become counter-product.
There are other great reasons to get your child swimming:
Learning to swim keeps your child’s heart and lungs healthy, it improve strength and flexibility, increase stamina and even improve balance and body posture. Your child will have plenty of opportunities to make friends and grow in confidence. Swimming opens the door to other sports and activities, including: swimming with dolphins, scuba diving, rowing and sailing and even becoming the next National champion! You can’t always be there. It may save their life one day.
It’s important that parent remain vigilant around all forms of water. So here are some tips to help you keep your children safe around water.
In the home
- Stay in an arm’s reach of your child in bath
- Watch your child if using a bath ring or seat. They are not replacements for adult supervision
- Keep bathroom doors closed or use a child door lock
- Keep toilet lid down or use a lid latch
- In the garden
- If you have a swimming pool in your garden, make sure it’s surrounded by a fence with a locked gate
- Never let your children play in the pool unattended
- Keep toys away from the pool when it is not in use
- Don’t use electrical appliances near the pool
- Ensure no DIVING if the pool is not deep enough
- If you have a pond, it should be covered with a rigid grill or mesh
Health and Participation
Health and participation is about using aquatics as a means for people to participate in sport and have a healthy lifestyle. The pool can be used in the different ways other than simply swimming and competition. It can be used as a social medium to interact with others, make new friends, swimming for fitness and fun and s part of exercise routines. All these health and participation roles have core values at their heath and aim to help people achieve this.(waterskills)