Swimming Pool Builder - Swimming Pool Contractor

Learning to swim is something everyone should do – although it’s not nearly as easy as it looks. Toddlers often develop totally irrational fears – they’re learning how to control and manipulate their environment and the best way they can do this is by causing a big fuss if they don’t want to do something! The one place they are likely to feel most out of control is in the swimming pool – they can’t float, they can’t breathe underwater,they lose contact with the ground and are continually being forced to do things they don’t want to do by you – their parent! The answer is to help the child feel at ease in the water from a very early age. A confident child will learn to swim much faster than a nervous child.

So how do you get a very young child (less than a year old) to be more confidant in the water? Babies have a little known and not very well understood reflex. When you blow on their face they take a small breath in. Here’s what you should do:

  1. Cradle your child in one arm and try to maintain eye contact.
  2. Count down from 3 out loud and then blow gently on their face.
  3. When you see them inhale (, be certain they have!)
  4. Lower them quickly into the water, just up to the top of their nose. 
  5. As they have just inhaled their natural reaction will be to breathe out and blow bubbles. Bring them straight back out again. They will probably look a bit startled at this point but should otherwise be fine.

Over time and repetition you can increase the depth to which you are submerging them.. This technique will build water confidence and familiarity so that when they start having proper swimming lessons they should be much more receptive and manageable in the pool.

Learning to swim is something everyone should do – although it’s not nearly as easy as it looks. Children are often terrified of water – They know what they want to do and what they don’t and the most effective way they can do this is by causing a big fuss if they don’t want to do something! The swimming pool is a totally foreign environment – they’re weightless, it’s noisy  and feels pretty darn weird underwater,they lose contact with the ground and are continually being forced to do things they don’t want to do by you – their parent! The answer is to get the child familiarised with water from a very early age so that they don’t feel nervous or out of control. A confident child will learn to swim much faster than a nervous child.

So how do you get a very young child (less than a year old) to be more confidant in the water? Babies, or toddlers under a year old have a reflex action that you can use to help them feel more comfortable underwater. By breathing gently on their face they will take a small breath in. These are the steps to put this to use:

  1. Hold you child in on arm with them facing you.
  2. Count down from 3 out loud and then gently blow on their face
  3. You should see them inhale (, make sure they do.)
  4. Submerge them very briefly just up to the top of their nose. 
  5. Because they have inhaled they will blow some bubbles out. Bring them straight back out again. They may look quite startled at this point but should not be choking or swallowing any water.

Over time and repetition you can increase the depth to which you are submerging them.. This will really help them get used to water so when they start swimming lessons  they will have a much easier time of it.