Learning to Swim at a Young Age – by Eliut Morales

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Throughout their youth, children will learn a lot of different skills to help them become more aware of their environment. Skills like reading, writing, riding a bike, and manners are only a few, but perhaps one of the most important skills to learn at a young age is how to swim. However, some children may not enjoy the idea of jumping into the pool as others.

Fear of water is common. All it takes is one bad experience at the beach or in the pool to completely change how you feel about jumping in. Accidents can happen, and no one enjoys being pushed into a body of water! If you’re in a public setting, be sure to stay alert of where your child is and don’t let them get too close to the water alone.

If you want to teach your child how to swim, start by telling them how fun it is. Make a game out of teaching them how to blow bubbles and splash their feet in the shallow end of the pool. The importance is to not push them into it if they’re not comfortable. Once your child is comfortable enough to be in the water, practice basic water safety skills like floating and going underwater.

Swimming is a sport that children can continue to practice throughout their life to help them be fit. Your child may become an outstanding swimmer. On the other hand, they may struggle, but with enough practice and help, they’ll eventually learn to master this life-saving skill.

We have developed a series of swim courses to help young children to swim. Our Preschool Swim Lessons are specifically designed to introduce your child to swimming through games and basic water safety exercises.

In our Parent and Child classes, parents are in the pool with their child to help ease them into being in the water. This class is ideal for children who are not comfortable being in water alone.

For more information about swim lessons, contact Sarah Barnett via email at s.barnett@manassasparkva.gov.

Eliut Morales is the Writer/Content Specialist for the City of Manassas Park, Department of Parks and Recreation. He can be reached at 703-335-8872 or via email at e.morales@manassasparkva.gov.

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