Originally Posted by catloverin_ks
Does anyone here enjoy swimming? And if so, do you have your own pool? Or do you use a public pool, or prefer like a lake or something? I myself am not a big swimmer but I am going to enroll my daughter into swim lessons.
I do enjoy going out on the boat though!!
How old is your daughter? I taught swimming for years and I'm really missing it lately. Here are a couple of tips to make her (and your) transition into lessons smoother:Decide in advance what you want her to get out of swimming and don't be hesitant to inform the swimming teacher.
Some parents want their kids to get as much instruction as they would being tutored in math or reading, while others are more interested in the child becoming comfortable in water and having fun. Still others see lessons as an opportunity to socialize. Know what you want and what your daughter is capable of (some kids just can't take intensive lessons and are happier and progress better in a mellow setting, while others crave a challenge).Practice in the tub!
Many skills can be introduced in a bathtub, such as blowing bubbles, face in, and laying relaxed on her back (support her head by the back of her neck if the water level would be over her face in this position........or consider draining some water before trying it, so the back of her head can rest on the tub bottom).
Since this is your daughter's first swimming lessons, my number one piece of advice is relax
. Be positive. Your daughter could and probably will cry the first time she's dunked. And, at some time or another, every kid comes up coughing and sputtering. Don't worry about it. If you're tense about it, she gets the message that she was right to be upset. Comfort with praise for the positive, not discussion of the negative. For example "You went underwater! Way to go! You're turning into mommy's little fish!" will alleviate a lot more tension than telling her "I know it's scary, but you can do it." Young children will like imagination games about what they saw underwater. I like to ask about the different colours of fish down there. Usually, getting them comfortable with talking about the underwater world helps to get them more relaxed while in the pool.
Good luck and most of all, have fun!