How Often Should We Swim
Learning is far more effective when taught “a little bit on a lot of days”, than cramming one day a week. Parents who are only able to attend class once or twice a week, need to exercise a hearty dose of patience, and supplement on non-class days with practice at home, even if just for ten minutes. If you do not have access to a pool for practice, enjoyable baths are very beneficial for water adjustment on the face. Allow your child’s face to get wet. A child needs to feel the tingling sensation of water on their skin and how to blink it out the eyes. (before you add soap or shampoo). You can employ a variety of toys and plastic containers to assist with this activity.
Teaching a child takes time and patience. If you need to cut back on practice days, just be aware that your child’s swimming progress is roughly linked to how often you practice. The more you are exposed to the environment the more proficient you become in it. Possibly the best time to teach ones child water safety is under the age of 4. This is when there are not so many work, social and time pressures on the family and child. The sooner the child knows how to swim the better. One must not look at a day swimming as a loss on playschool time. The life skill being learnt at swimming and the class situation teachers’ a child social skills, emotional development, Tactile and Vestibular Sensory Systems are stimulated, Bilateral Integration, sequencing, listening, focus and processing skills are all required to swim.
Physical skills are also developed as mid line is crossed; body orientation and core muscles are developed. These muscle groups are used in gross and fine motor skills.
A morning at swimming is not only FUN, it is also a good all round educational time well spent.
It is paramount that the wellbeing of the baby is never sacrificed to impose the accelerated and premature acquisition of these safety skills!