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4 Tips to Encourage Your Resistant Swimmer

Swim lessons are a special gift that a parent can give to their child. They help kids gain valuable skills that last a lifetime, learn to be safe around water and increase their physical and mental health. Of course you’ll be excited to start this journey with your little one and to see them thriving in the pool, but what happens when your budding swimmer is not so keen on the idea themselves?

Resistance to swim lessons (or any new activity) is completely normal for young kids. And we understand that trying to figure out how to teach a toddler to swim when they are resistant can be overwhelming, but we have 4 tips for you to try.

1. Use your Words

It might seem obvious, but think about whether you use encouraging words to talk to your child about swimming. We’ve learned that teaching a toddler to swim often looks different for every single kid who comes through our doors, but many times, all a child wants is support from their parents. Explain to them, in an age-appropriate way, why learning to swim is important and how proud you are of them for trying something new. Tell them you will be there for them every step of the way, and you truly believe they will be an awesome swimmer!

2. Make it Fun

Tell them about all the games and songs they’ll learn in class, or show them a video LTS CEC-0510.jpgof kids playing in a pool. If your little one always wants to splash in the bathtub (but isn’t allowed to), let them know they can splash to their heart’s content in swim class. Or if your child loves a certain sea creature, make up a story about how they can become that animal when they’re in swim class. A lot of fun (and a little pretending) can go a long way in getting kids excited about swimming.

3. Reinforce Regularly

When you come to class with your child, pay special attention to the songs that are sung and any games that are played. When you’re at home, you can ask your child if they’d like to “play swim class” during their bath, and then use these same songs and games (as much as possible) in the comfort of your home. Repetition at home can help them feel more at ease in class. It also helps to strengthen the skills that they’re learning in their lessons, so it’s a real win-win for everyone!

4. Take a Breath

Dealing with, and calming, a resistant baby or toddler before swim class can sometimes be a stressful experience. Using the tips above should help lessen the countdown to the inevitable meltdown but sometimes, it’s not enough. In this case, don’t force the child to do anything they are uncomfortable with until they have calmed down and are prepared to learn. And always remember – you want the best for your child, and you’re doing the best you can! Don’t be afraid to ask for help, and remember, you’re surrounded by parents who have all been there at some point and can definitely empathize.

If you’re intent on learning how to teach your child to swim, we promise you will get through any rough patches of resistance. Focus on what you do best – being your child’s number one support – and you will get through it together. Contact us if you have any questions or if you’d like to learn more about our swim programs!

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