How To Teach Baby Swim Lessons
Learn how to teach baby swim lessons so that even the youngest of babies can learn the joys of swimming from a young age. The techniques used to teach baby swim lessons are different than those used to teach adults or even older children. When you teach baby swim lessons, you will also be teaching a group of adults, who are there to hold the babies in the water and guide them through the lessons.
- Have the baby and parent get in the water at the start of the baby swim lessons. Tell each parent to hold the baby in front of them, as if they were hugging the baby. Stretch each baby's legs out behind them.
- Tell the parents to walk backwards in the water. Have them take the baby's ankles in each hand and gently move the baby's ankles to make the baby kick in the water. The baby's feet should stay underwater as they learn to kick and swim during the swim lessons. Tell the parents to let go and see if the baby continues to kick.
- Dip the baby's face into the water. Parents should hold the baby with one hand on his back and the other on his chest during swim lessons. As they begin dipping the baby, tell them to blow on his face. They should quickly dip his face into the water, then bring it back out. Tell them to hold the baby in their arms to relax him.
- Teach the parents to release the baby in the water. Have them dip the baby into the water again and quickly let go when the baby is under water.
- Have the parents pull the baby into the pool from the side. Set the baby on the side of the pool at the end of the baby swim lessons. Have the parents grab the baby on the sides of his chest, under the arms. They can recite a poem, such as "Humpty Dumpty," or simply count to three, then pull the baby forward into the pool. The first time they pull the baby in, they should not get his face wet. After the baby is familiar with the forward motion, they can pull the baby into the water and have his face get wet.