Tips to keep your child’s swimming skills up while you’re on holidays

3 November 2017 By AIS Aquatic and Fitness

Several parents have started asking us about ways to keep their child’s swimming skills up while they’re away on holidays so we wanted to share some tips with everyone.

By implementing these simple strategies, you can help your child maintain their skills, enjoy the water and get the most out of their recreational swimming over the summer break. 

Take them swimming as much as possible
This may sound obvious but it’s easy to forget that swimming outside of lessons can be just as important as the lessons themselves. 

Have them practice their skills for at least five minutes at the start of each swim session
What are some of the basic skills your child is learning in their lessons? Practice these with your child and offer lots of praise for their efforts (e.g. floating, kicking, submersions, etc.).

Talk very positively about your child’s swimming
Children are sponges and hearing you talk about how great they are at swimming can help to reinforce their love for the water. This is especially important for timid swimmers who may be nervous about returning to lessons after the extended holiday break.

Quality over quantity
Remember swimming 5 metres correctly is more valuable to overall stroke development than swimming 25 metres incorrectly. Don’t worry about distance; instead focus on a few key skills that they can practice in a small amount of space.

Make it fun!
Sinking toys, noodles and buckets are just a few of the items you can use to encourage beginner level swimmers to practice their skills. For more advanced swimmers, what about a race? They might earn some bragging rights beating mum or dad in the pool!

Supervise and keep all games age/level appropriate
Children can have major setbacks with their swimming if they go too far out of their comfort zones so it’s important to keep them within their personal limitations while swimming. Steer away from any games where children are encouraged to hold their breath as this can be very dangerous, and remember, there is no replacement for supervision so please keep watch at all times. Please also be mindful of the difference in conditions between swimming in a pool compared to swimming in the beach and ensure your child is safe in the environment.
Category: Aquatic and Fitness