How To Teach Your Infant To Swim (aged 6-15 months) | Puddle Ducks

hi I'm - pada lux I'm here today with

simply swim and we're here today to show

you how to teach your young child how to

swim we've got some activities here

specifically for children aged between 6

and 15 months learning is a fundamental

activity that we teach our children to

do very young indeed it's really

important to encourage children to

understand that once they've entered the

water or they're in the water their

first instinct is to turn back to the

place that they've just come from this

could be the side of the pool or a pond

if they happen to reform in when we do

our turning activity we encourage

parents to hold their children at arm's

length facing away from them we give a

clear signal turn turn turn and the

parents are watching for which direction

the child naturally wants to turn their

head and then helps them come back round

towards themselves once it's clear which

direction the child wants to turn for

themselves it's surprising how early

young children can learn how to hold

onto the side the way that we teach this

in the fall is to encourage little hands

and arms to rest over the side of the

pool in the very early stages parents

support with the ones with either their

knee or a hand under the seat to give

them some support and we help with their

hands on the side of the pool in the

pool that we're using today besides a

particularly high so we're lifting and

supporting the child but giving them a

sense of supporting themselves on the

side this activity can also lead on to

what we call monkey looking which is

using the little ones hands to help them

move to a point of safety parents can

encourage this by supporting underneath

the child's seat with those knees and

helping with their hands along the side

this pool was not appropriate to

demonstrate that actually

but any pool that has a bar or a deck

level site is an ideal environment to

help your little ones learn to move to a

point of safe exit from the water we

don't recommend the use of fixed

floatation than they teach and children

to spend it's really important that

little ones are able to understand how

to balance and support themselves and

the dynamic environment of the water so

encouraging them to use floats and

waddles is a really important skill for

them to learn so that they can learn to

adjust their position and balance

themselves when using floats it's

important that the parent maintains

their control mainly of the float just

enough support of the child so that

they're secure on the float and safe

safe from rolling off or coming off the

float children can be moved around the

pool and parents can either support from

the side with one arm coming over the

top of the child in a nice secure

position or when children become more

comfortable in supporting themselves

parents can move to the front and that's

a lovely position for the child to be in

because it's a lovely bonding activity

they can see mom or dad in front of them

and it will often encourage with the

ones to help kick their legs too as

they're really keen to get the money

whatever the little harbour position is

a progression from the long waddle in

this position the parent lengthens their

arms and is supporting the child whilst

the child is learning to help to support

themselves over the top of the parents

forearms we use toys to encourage the

child to reach forwards and the child

can also kick their legs parents can

move the child to one side so that the

child's legs are going underneath the

parents arm we recommend that the

parents arms are as low as possible to

the water so that the child is also

feeling their own buoyancy and again

learning to stabilize their position

hands can be opened so that the child

can see clearly in front of them and

focus on toys which will also help them

to learn to reach and gain balance

themselves and

teaching young children to learn to

become comfortable on their backs can be

tricky after about six months of age and

they start to want to sit up and that

reflex is actually carried through to

the pool however it's important that we

keep continue to try to get them to be

comfortable on their backs because being

able to be on their backs is a really

important life preservation technique

it's easier for them to breathe on their

backs than on their fronts the way that

we encourage parents to try and get

their children to become on their backs

is to start in a nice seated position

bring your shoulder up to the child's

head and then over a short period of

time ease the shoulder backwards so that

the child becomes nice and comfortable

laying flat to the surface of the water

parents can use small toys held above

the child's head to provide focus and to

help the children's heads go back so we

encourage our children to use the long

Woggle because it's important that they

learn to support themselves in the water

using armbands is fine it's another

method but with armbands children can

become over aligned so using the long

models means that they're learning to

physically stabilize themselves in the

water and to hold on for themselves

parents are able to support the Woggle

and the child although it's a great idea

to keep your hands as low as possible in

the water so that the child's feeling as

much of their own buoyancy as possible

it's also a great activity to encourage

your child to kick their legs but if

they're not happy to kick themselves you

can even come down to a single hand

supporting the Woggle and use your spare

hand to encourage a leg kick with your

child keep your eye on your child's

mouth because whilst we like the hands

to be as low as possible it's important

that your child is not taking on too

much water

small splashes are absolutely fine but

your child must be able to bring their

mouths away from the water when


clicking and splashing of fundamentals

of teaching your chance to swim and

they're also great fun teaching your

child to splash encourages them to use

their hands and arms which are the

forerunners for an arm movement in

actually swimming the same goes the

kicking to encouraging children to kick

their legs we've set the tone for

teaching them to use their legs to

propel them in the water later on using

songs and rhymes is what we do to help

children have a great time last airline

you need really important skills thanks

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