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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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February 1, 2018 at 9:00 am Leave a comment

Why Winter is a Great Time to Start Swimming

Swimming lessons are a great way to ensure the safety of our children, but have you considered swimming year-round? Enrolling in continuous swimming lessons is a great way to keep your children active throughout the entire year, including winter. Children only burn half as many calories during winter as they do during warmer seasons, so keeping kids active can help them avoid storing energy or becoming restless.

Parents may think because their children aren’t around large bodies of water during the winter months, they don’t need swimming lessons. However, there are many additional benefits children gain from taking lessons year-round. Swimming safety is just icing on the cake.

Additional things to consider:

  • Swimming provides a workout for your child’s entire body and mind all at onceLTS CEC-8694
  • It strengthens coordination and posture
  • Swimming lessons aid your child with emotional, intellectual, and social development; just as academic school does
  • It prepares them for water safety in time for the upcoming pool season
  • Swimming is fun! Having fun creates endorphins, adrenaline, and dopamine to be released which makes us feel great

Though swimming isn’t always top of mind during the winter months, swimming lessons in the winter will aid your child’s readiness for fun in the sun when warmer weather comes around. You’ll have peace of mind about your child’s swimming safety and your child will have more confidence and comfort in the water.

If you would like more information about swimming year-round, please contact us.

 

 

December 2, 2017 at 9:00 am Leave a comment

The School Day is Done, So Let’s Have Some Fun!

We know life gets busier when the school year begins, but that doesn’t mean swim lessons have to stop.  Learning to swim is homework your kiddo will love!  The ability to swim properly is a skill that can save your child’s life.  Keeping your child enrolled in year-round swim lessons allows them to maintain and build upon the skills necessary to prevent drowning, and provides a number of other benefits that help them in the classroom.

Swimming allows kiddos to exercise their minds and bodies in a different environment.  Did you know the skills they learn in swim class go hand-in-hand with school?

Discipline – students learn to wait their turn, listen to the coach and apply that coaching in order to improve performance and achieve goals.

Confidence – children gain confidence by learning new skills, persevering through challenges, setting and accomplishing goals.

Endurance –  kiddos develop a love for physical activity, which creates healthy habits.

Lifelong Skills – the ability to swim keeps your children safer in the water and opens doors in the future.

Learning to swim is not easy and can’t be done in a few short weeks during the summer.  The ability to truly swim takes time, practice and commitment.  Your kiddos should swim year- round in an environment that encourages learning, laughter and development to keep their skills sharp.

September 1, 2017 at 12:58 am Leave a comment

4 Reasons Why Swimming Isn’t Just a Summer Sport

More than just a summer pastime, swim lessons are a fun and easy way to encourage your child’s active lifestyle year-round.

Water Safety

A parent’s commitment to swimming education can help protect a child in the water for life.  Love to Swim School, the American Swimming Coaches Association and United States Swim School Association all agree that the ability to swim 300 yards nonstop dramatically lowers the possibility of ever drowning.  How far can your child swim without stopping?

Life Skills

While enjoying the water, students also learn important life skills through their participation in the sport, including self-discipline, work ethic, commitment, goal setting and how to overcome challenges.  Studies show that swimmers as a group do better in school and work than non-swimmers.

Health and Fitness

Swimming is both conditioning-intensive and skill-intensive.  It builds endurance and muscle strength, soothes the mind, regulates breathing and stimulates circulation – all without stress on the joints.  Plus, swimming has a calorie burning potential of 350-420 calories per hour!  Joining a swimming program is a healthy and wholesome activity available year-round for your children to enhance their overall fitness.

Fun!

Swimmers of all ages rank “fun” as the number one reason they swim.  Through swimming, children have fun learning, competing, training and being with friends.  If it isn’t fun, your child may not want to keep it up, so the most important question to ask after a lesson is, “Did you have fun today?”

The end of the summer shouldn’t mean the end of your child’s swimming education.  We have two indoor pools heated to a comfortable 90 degrees with the surrounding air temperature kept at 90 degrees, so students can stay warm while learning.  Keep your child active and learning year-round.

August 8, 2017 at 10:08 am Leave a comment

5 Ways You Can Promote Safer Swimming

The sun is out and we are feeling that Texas heat.  Many families are heading to their neighborhood pools, water parks, and other water related activities.  Water safety should be every parent’s top priority.

  1. Know where children are at all times

If you have two non-swimmers in the pool with you, have the child that you are not working with hold onto your back.  This way you can give your attention to the child you are working with without worrying about the other child’s safety.

  1. Keep your cool

If your child’s head goes underwater or if he slips off the step and is unable to swim, do not react dramatically! This only teaches your child to panic.  Calmly guide him back to the steps or wall.  You should always remain nearby, but let this be an opportunity for him to learn about his body’s natural ability to float.

  1. Teach children some choices to help themselves if they fall in the water unexpectedly
  • Turn and grab a wall
  • Swim back to the steps
  • Roll over and float

When they jump in to you, resist the temptation to catch them in the air.  This creates a false sense of security and over-confidence.  Instead, allow them to be submerged so they learn how to react appropriately.

  1. Designate a Water Watcher

Any time children are in or around water, a responsible adult should be designated as an official Water Watcher, ensuring the safety of the children.  We provide families with Water Watcher Tags to be worn by an adult who is on duty and responsible for the kiddos.  Designate a Water Watcher in your home! This takes away the assumption that someone is watching

  1. Don’t rely on floatation devices. Teach your children how to swim!

The ability to swim with proper technique provides a lifetime of benefits.  Floaties promote improper technique by allowing children to paddle with their heads above the water, destroying any sense of balance and understanding of the water.  Make sure you child learns to swim.  You will have peace of mind knowing your investment will pay off in your child’s water safety and fitness.  And they will have fun and enjoy learning this special and critical life skill.

July 2, 2017 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

7 Ways to Support Your Child in Swimming

Parents can help their children reach goals with effort, perseverance, and patience.  Here are the 7 ways to help your kiddo do their best:

  1. Support their efforts. Listen to your child’s dreams, goals, and ideas and help them to work out the steps of those that seem attainable by organizing them into do-able parts.  Finding time to practice is an easy way to demonstrate your commitment to their swim goals.
  2. Encourage follow-through. Praise task completion and encourage them to carry on when the initial excitement fades. All swimmers reach plateaus.  Remind your child of other struggles they overcame or relate your own struggle to complete a task and your satisfaction at having persevered and achieved your goal.
  3. Offer reinforcement or reward. Give an incentive for better efforts, not just accomplishments.  Keep a chart with the Love to Swim School ribbons earned and display it prominently.  Younger children need quicker rewards and briefer tasks.  Offer a swim toy or one of our lollipops after each class.
  4. Recognize their success level. When a child reaches a point of frustration, learning specialists advocate you help them return to a level where they feel successful.  After practice, ask if they had fun and learned anything new or did anything they had never done before, and offer your praise.  Then their enthusiasm will return.
  5. Encourage self-reliance. Children trust who/what you trust.  Let your child know you have confidence in their abilities and in the coach.  The ready bench is designed to be a transition point.  Take advantage of it!  Have your child take responsibility for their own goggles.  Your child is ready to focus on the coach and the tasks at hand.
  6. Point out effort in others. Make your child aware of how others work hard at their daily activities, so they know they’re not alone in trying, overcoming discouragement, meeting challenges, and succeeding. Encourage children to interpret comparisons with others solely as a tool for improving.  Comparisons should be constructive and never as simple as “they are better” or “you are not as good”.
  7. Praise them for trying. Point out how much you appreciate your child doing something that may be difficult for them.  Take interest when they are working on a skill they find difficult.  Give praise after class with a specific example.

Applied to schoolwork, swimming, or other pursuits, these devices can help swimmers develop a “can-do” attitude.

June 2, 2017 at 8:30 am Leave a comment

How is Love to Swim School Different? Our Coaches!

It’s a simple fact: when you love what you do, you do a great job.  Our loving coaches are essential to a positive learning experience.  Coaching the Love to Swim School way is based on our technique driven, goal-oriented curriculum.  But it takes more than technical proficiency to become a coach.  It takes enthusiasm, commitment, and most importantly, love.

Our coaches stand above the rest because of all the work our team puts into their training.   We train classroom management, lesson planning, organization, and customer service.  All coaches study principles of teaching using demonstration, lecture, and practice or repetition.  Coaches are taught to educate, motivate and communicate to your swimmer by “shadowing” classes, observing class demonstrations, working with other coaches, and taking our online training courses.

Coaches are doing what they love and it shows by the relationships they build with your child.  Seeing your swimmer each week deepens this relationship and they learn what your child needs in order to progress.  We strive for a fun and loving learning environment!

Most importantly, coaches are taught the basics of childhood development.  A child’s cognitive, emotional, and physical development is key to their ability to understand and internalize what they are learning.  With a clear understanding of the basic stages of childhood development, we have found that coaches are more effective and teach children to swim in a fun, relaxed way emphasizing comfort, safety and confidence.

Being a Love to Swim School coach requires tremendous time and effort.  Only the best, most committed coaches make it through the entire process and become a member of Team Love.

May 2, 2017 at 12:34 pm Leave a comment

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