Teaching children to swim at the age of too early (1-4 years) or before their motor skills mature actually does not make children more quickly master swimming techniques. The swimming technique in question is the correct technique and correct swimming methods.
Actually there is no specific benchmark at what age children can learn to swim, but according to research it is recommended or recommended that children be taught to swim at the age of 4 years and above (their motor skills have started to mature).
In this case it must be distinguished, that learning to swim is not the same as children playing in water. Even if the child will be invited to a water vehicle or want to play water in a pool, that’s okay, as long as parents know the principles and procedures.
There are several principles that parents must take when they invite children to play water or children learn to swim, including:
- When children play water, parents should always be there next to the child.
- Parents also should not be too far out of reach. This is to anticipate events that are not desired.
- At the age of a baby, or under the age of 1 year, you should first teach in a small pool, then fill in warm water. Only after the child is used to filling the pool with cold water.
- Children are allowed to play water when the head is upright or around the age of 5 months and above.
- Check the cleanliness of water, both in ordinary pools or water rides. This is to avoid problems that might occur, namely skin problems in children.
- When playing water in the game arena or in a large pool, children must use a rescue vest. This is so that children do not sink.
- It is recommended that playing time is under 10am or past 4pm.
- Understand the child’s reaction, whether the child is happy, afraid or even cold.
- Do not force if the child is afraid to play in the water, teach slowly until the child wants to do it.
- Pay attention to the flow of water, not to get water into the mouth. The entry of water in the number of children can make the concentration of salt in the blood. Also because the water is not certain of its cleanliness, it can result in digestive problems.
Those are some basic principles for parents to take care of the baby when swimming or playing water. May be useful