Swimming Schools 101
Learning to swim may save your life.
Learning to swim is a valuable skill that can be a lifesaver. Find profiles of swimming schools on Kudzu.com. If you're looking for swimming lessons for yourself or your child, here are some things to keep in mind:
For children: The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children not begin formal swimming lessons until after their fourth birthday. Before then, children don't have the developmental or coordination skills needed to learn.
You can get your younger child comfortable in water by holding her in the pool and singing songs and splashing, playing with toys in the water, teaching her not to run at the pool and helping her be comfortable putting her face in the water.
What lessons should include:
According to the AAP, all aquatics programs for children under four years of age should include:
Older children and adults are grouped according to age, development level and individual ability. Working in a small group with a certified instructor, beginners learn basic techniques such as water safety, breathing, arm and leg movements and various swimming strokes as they get more experienced.
Good swimming classes stress water safety as much as skill, and teach the students that they must practice to get comfortable and become good swimmers.
Choosing a class
How do you find a class that is right for you? Ask a doctor, other parents or former students for suggestions. Observe the class before signing up, and speak with the program supervisor and instructor beforehand.
Other points to keep in mind include:
No matter how much research you do, be assured that you’ll learn a new skill you can practice. And be secure knowing you are sharing this valuable skill with your child.
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