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Swimming Lesson Plans for Infants (6-12 months)
Swimming Lesson Plans:-Toddler (1 -3 years old)

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Swimming Lesson Plans for Infants (6-12 months)

In my swimming lesson plans, I begin teaching children as early as 6 months old. While there may be controversy surrounding this approach, there are undeniable benefits that emerge from this early introduction to water:

**Bonding Time:** The time spent in the water with both the parent and child fosters a strong and special bonding experience.

**Water Comfort:** Early exposure to water often results in children who are less anxious about being in the water and are more willing to submerge their heads.

**Respect for Water:** Children who start swimming lessons at a young age, when taught properly, develop a healthy respect for the water.

I don't subscribe to the notion of "drown-proofing" infants. In my opinion, there is no evidence to support such claims. Children must always be closely supervised near water, without exception.

Here's what I believe swimming lessons can teach toddlers:

**Respect for Water:** Teaching toddlers to respect the water is essential.

**Holding Breath:** Teaching a toddler to hold their breath underwater can buy valuable time for an adult to prevent accidental drowning.

**Basic Movement:** Toddlers can learn basic movements in the water, enabling them to turn, grab objects, and potentially stay afloat until help arrives.

**Safety Skills:** They can be taught to paddle, reach for an object, and climb to safety.

**Floating:** Over time, children can be trained to float and move in the water at a younger age than one might expect.

Teaching infants to float on their backs is achievable with minimal stress on the child.

There are certain beliefs I consider unfounded until I see evidence to the contrary:

1. **Teaching Babies Under 6 Months to Float:** While it's possible, I have not come across information suggesting that babies will naturally remember to float if they accidentally fall into the water at this age. They can be taught to hold their breath, but maintaining the ability to float is typically fleeting as they become more mobile.

2. **Forcing a Child Underwater is Necessary:** Forcing a child underwater may not necessarily make them less afraid of being underwater. But forcing will usually not help. Making the situation worse. Building trust and allowing children to gradually become comfortable with submerging their heads is a more effective approach.

Some Practices Should Never Be Taught:

Never encourage a child to jump into the water after an object, especially one they've thrown. "What you teach a child in play is what they will do when you are not looking."

Parents or caregivers may not embrace every aspect of this plan, but they can glean valuable ideas to develop a personalised approach that suits their needs.

Swimming Lesson Plans:-Toddler (1 -3 years old)

Teaching children aged 12 months to 3 years presents a wide range of variations from one swim school to another, just as lesson plans for babies and toddlers differ significantly. The key distinction from teaching 6 months to 1-year-olds is that this age group starts to exhibit actions resembling swimming.

As children progress to the age of 2 to 3, some may even transition to dog paddling. However, it's worth noting that it's not uncommon for children to begin using standard swimming strokes before mastering dog paddling. In fact, only a small fraction of my students, reach the dog paddling stage before moving on to the next level.

Several factors influence whether a child will take up dog paddling. These include their exposure to water and their enjoyment of it. Beyond that, some children simply take to it naturally. If it works and ensures success, who can argue with the result?

Personally, I've ceased actively teaching toddlers how to dog paddle. There's a significant reliance on both physiological and social development, making it more sensible to instil a respect for and enjoyment of the water. Even if children become proficient dog paddlers, they are not safe in the water unsupervised. By the time they master dog paddling, I'm usually already focused on teaching them more advanced skills.

To this end, my lesson plan for teaching toddlers is consistent, whether the child is 12 months old or 3 years old. In brief This lesson plan starts to teach children stokes at a level they can handle only building on what they have learn in the 6 to 12 months old class.

The key question is what you should teach a child and what can be reasonably expected of them.

As with the 6 to 12 months old class, parents or caregivers may not require the entire plan, but they can extract numerous ideas from it to formulate a lesson plan that better suits their individual needs and preferences.

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