Does your child know how to swim? It is an essential life skill that can benefit his health and also, keep him safe. But, there are certain rules to follow before taking the plunge.
By Varsha Venkatesh
It is no secret that many children love being in and around water. Whether it is a swimming pool or a beach, children are instinctively drawn to water. However, there are certain precautions to take and rules for children to follow, before splashing about. To begin with, teaching children how to swim is essential and will ensure their safety.
But that is not the only benefit that swimming provides. Swimming also helps stimulate the senses of young children and enhances brain and emotional development. It makes them strong and flexible, and increases stamina. Learning to swim also means that children can try a range of other water-based activities.
Introduce your child to swimming early on so that this life skill and it's benefits will always be with them. It is not only a fantastic sport to maintain physical health, it also improves the quality of life.
According to Siddharth C, a lifeguard and a swimming coach from Chennai, “It is natural for your child to be anxious about staying afloat. It is crucial to take a gradual and loving approach while getting your child to practise swimming skills. This is because children must enjoy being in the water in order to overcome their fears.”
Know that your child may need some help initially in learning to feel comfortable in the water. Older children tend to develop fears or preconceptions regarding breathing and buoyancy. So, it may be challenging for them to learn and enjoy swimming techniques.
Swimming is not just fun for children of all ages, but also keeps your child’s heart and lungs healthy. Once your child gains confidence in the water, they can enjoy beach vacations with family and friends or swimming camps in summer. What's more, your child will love water sports like surfing, stand up paddling, kayaking and sailing or even, taking a dip in the community well or river in your home town.
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