Long vacation is upon us sooooo, I was hoping those children who have been religiously attending their swim lessons will be practicing their swimming in the public pools, the lakes, the ocean, their paddle pools, their bathtubs and even in their dreams.
Sometimes when we want to relax ourselves around water which our children are in, we put a floatation device on their arms, around their waist or on their chest. If you want to give them a floatation device, grab a noodle only. However, you will of course still need to supervise your floating child.
Swimming Instructors work so hard to encourage your child to swim. You would be doing your child and us a disservice by putting a floatation device on them. They may end up with a false sense of security or worse still, a loss of confidence when they do return to their lessons. The Instructor will have to potentially start again in the quest to build confidence and swimming ability.
Flippers are a great tool for children who have a certain competence in the water. Flippers encourage momentum which in term gives the child an awareness of how freestyle, backstroke and butterfly should feel with a bit of speed.
Flippers are not recommended for breastroke. Flippers also encourage a strong kick in the same 3 strokes. Children legs will gain some strength by using flippers and they are great when snorkeling!
Enjoy the rest of the week floating with noodles and watching your children continue to love the water.