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5 Tips to Becoming a Better Swim Parent

Summer is officially here and that means swim schools across the U.S. are filled with students who are ready to master the art of swimming. As owner of Love to Swim School, there are a couple of things that truly melt my heart. The first is when I hear the joyful cheers from parents when their kiddo successfully masters a new swim level. The second is seeing the huge smile on a new swimmer’s face as they successfully execute a new skill. But those things only happen when lessons are taught the right way. Because swimming is a skill sport, we encourage practice, positive reinforcement and lots of support from families.

You see, every swimmer develops at a different rate – some are able to immediately grasp and apply new skills while others require more time and patience. Through my years of experience in the swim industry, as a mom and as a former school teacher, I’ve learned that seeing your little swimmer progress at a different rate than others can be tough. But don’t get discouraged. As a parent, you are the single biggest factor to your child’s success. With a few key tips that you can implement today, you can help your child flourish in the water in a shorter amount of time.

1. Attend Class Regularly

Regular attendance is the foundation of progress. When your child attends his/her scheduled class consistently, both the coach and swimmer are more in tune with learning, and it shows in quicker results!

 2. Practice Outside of Class

Practice constantly. One estimate says that it takes 100 to 150 hours of consistent, year-round instruction for a child to learn how to swim (When the depth of the water doesn’t matter). Similar to learning how to read, children develop quicker when they follow up instruction time with practice outside of class.

3. Establish Goals

Dream big! Do everything you can to present your swimmer with opportunities to succeed. Help them set swim goals that are unique to them. Encourage them not to worry about the progress of a friend or brother/sister.

 4. Persevere

Sometimes it may seem as though your child has taken a few steps back. This is a natural part of the learning process. It is important that you remain positive and consistent, and don’t allow them to give up. Reinforce the goals that were established at the beginning of the process.

 5. Swim Year Round

Aside from promoting overall health and fitness, keeping your child swimming year round is the best way to sustain their confidence in the water and reduce the risk of drowning. Year round swimmers retain a healthy respect for water safety and build skills way beyond those of seasonal swimmers.

Remember, as a swim parent, you serve a vital role in your swimmer’s success. Your attitude toward a swim program, a swim coach and your child’s attendance are all factors in their success. Learning to swim is a challenging yet rewarding investment. When it comes right down to it, learning to swim is a life skill that can actually save a life. If you’d like to learn more about swim classes and how to get started, visit our website.

June 29, 2016 at 3:27 pm Leave a comment

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