This post was sponsored by SwimWays as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
Whether you’ve opted to try to teach your child to swim on your own or you’ve signed them up with a professional swim instructor to learn to swim…regardless, the importance of having your children learn to swim, at an early age, is vital.
I’m a firm believer in starting swim lessons at a VERY early age – actually as soon as possible. Why? There are so many benefits of swimming for a child and what it teaches them, how it trains them and how it will promote a healthy confidence around water and water activities.
1- Help your child feel safe in the water
By having your child in the water at a very young age helps them feel safe. Using key tools i.e. SwimWays floats will help them feel safe and happy as your little one navigates the waters with the #1 trusted learn to swim brand! SwimWays Swim Step products can be found at Walmart, Target or online at Amazon. So getting a hold of these products is quite easy for you!
2- Know your Child and His/Her Abilities
Each child at different ages has different strengths, abilities and capabilities. I firmly believe you can push your child beyond their capabilities at the same time knowing those boundaries is a key element in teaching them to swim. Make swimming and water time fun and engaging. What I love about SwimWays is as my little one has grown we’ve grown with their products. They have the exact tools you need for each stage of growth for your littles. Starting from water introduction floaties to swim training tools such as swim vests, making it easy for you to share your love of the water!
With SwimWays Swim Step program you’ll be able to use all three levels of the program to ensure your child receives the correct product for their age level and abilities! Seriously the best program to follow so you don’t miss important skills that they need to develop in order to be a confident swimmer.
Just to break it down for you in simple terms:
Step 2 When she was two, the following summer, we used the Swim Vest or you can also use the Swim Trainer. We still use this from time to time if we are in a larger pool or lake – so it still gets GREAT use even now!
Step 3 is where we are personally at now and we are using the kick board (which is super sturdy and buoyant for great swim training or general pool fun!) and the funny face swim mask (bringing even more fun to the pool as you can see our silly faces we made with the fun masks – they are super easy to adjust the head strap, a leak resistant design and a soft comfy fit!) Why not make swimming EVEN more fun with these, right?
3 -Have fun with them
So this means in order for you to have fun with your child while they are learning to swim you obviously have to get in with them! Let them know you are there, right beside them, with them…splash, blow bubbles in the water, hold them so they can kick, let them learn the water and enjoy it.