Teaching your child to swim? At Water Safety Products we firmly believe that swim lessons save lives! Here is an interesting article on the topic: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/15/magazine/before-learning-to-crawl-you-must-learn-to-swim.html?_r=1
Teaching a child to swim at a young age can be a vital life tool. The above article explains the “self-rescue” technique. This technique, along with many other swimming skills, could save your child’s life. Other lifesaving tools include the following:
Life Jackets: Our WSP online lifeguard store offers a variety of life jackets, from toddler to adult sizes. We suggest the Super Soft Swim Vest life jackets for both children and adults. These jackets are soft and comfortable, as well as durable. Sticking with this brand will ensure that your jacket lasts the longest. These life jackets also feature a strap between the legs for the smaller swimmers who need extra support.
Swimming books: Books about swimming and and large bodies of water allow parents to teach their children about safe swimming in a personal way. Remind them at reading time, while you have their attention, to make sure they always use their life jacket and never swim alone or without supervision. Examples such as Dr. Seuss Wish for a Fish All about Sea Creatures Hardcover can make learning about water safety fun!
Never swim alone: No matter how skilled, a child should never swim alone or without supervision. It may be tempting to lounge by the pool or take a minute for yourself and catch up on your news feed, but remember – drowning can happen in an instant! Even if lifeguards are present, they may not see your child before you do. Don’t take the risk! Post signs at your facility, such as the Watch Your Children Sign, to help emphasize this point.
Floating Swim Toys: Swim toys such as Wacky Noodles and Kick Boards are great tools for learning to swim because they provide extra flotation. They can be used in a number of games and exercise techniques to make swimmers stronger.
Swim Goggles: Swim goggles and Swim Masks make it easier to see under water. Although some children may at first be timid about going underwater, being able to see will help keep them calm and make the experience even more fun!
Remember – teaching your child to swim can save their life! Make learning to swim a fun and memorable experience with a combination of the techniques and products discussed above.