If you are a parent who would like to teach your own child how to swim there are some pretty good tips and videos online that can give you great advice on how to help kids learn how to swim. We have rounded up some of the best websites, DVDs and online videos to show you what to focus on.
Before you start though, remember that water safety is most important thing so kids under seven should always be within arm’s reach of an adult and NEVER leave a small child unattended near pools, lakes, rivers, streams.
- U Swim is a wonderful free site that describes itself as the community service which shows you how to teach children of all ages to swim. They break videos down by age and skill level and this is definitely a great place to start if you want to learn how to teach some basic swimming skills. They also offer an iPhone app.
- World Wide Swim School is another option for parents who are looking for online lessons. This site was created by Laurie Lawrence, who is apparently Australia’s water safety advocate, infant aquatics pioneer, learn to swim expert and gold medal Olympic swim coach (Gold!). You download the lessons in this program and they cost around $100 each, this is obviously a bit pricey but there are some free samples so you can try the program before buying it.
If those aren’t quite your cup of tea, have a look at these online video series:
- Robert Bina’s “Learn how to swim” series is pretty great if you can get past the funky music and the old school graphics. The videos in this five part series are very informative and very strong on teaching safety tips. This is a good series for ages 5 -9.
- Phillip Toriello’s video series are short lessons on things like floating, treading water, big arms, and diving. They are very watchable and give lots of good tips.
If you want a DVD check out:
- The Swimming Lesson This series was made to teach children the basics of swimming and water safety in the pool. This is a guide for a fun interactive under 5 year olds swimming lesson. You can download this program to your computer for $9.95 or there is an iPhone version that is also $9.95 that might come in handy if you are travelling and maybe trying to teach your kids to swim at a hotel pool.
- Waterproof Kids DVD is another DVD that has step by step lessons to help parents teach kids how to swim with a strong emphasis on safety. The review are generally very strong for this DVD with people finding it well organized, easy to follow, and it has good age appropriate techniques.
Teach Your Kids to Swim is a site with tips and tricks for fun-for-everyone swimming lessons.