By Chris Klinkow
DHAC Swim Instructor and Aquatics Director
Parents, are your kids a bit apprehensive when it comes to swim class? If the answer is yes, don’t fret! It is completely normal for children, especially for kids 6 and under.
Learning to swim is crucial, and the earlier it is introduced the better. When working with younger kids, it is important to establish a strong level of comfort, through a fun but functional lesson.
Every kid wakes up on the wrong side of the bed once in a while, but if your child is constantly upset when it comes to swim class here are a few things to consider as a parent:
- Have there been any unpleasant experiences with swimming in the past?
- Is this time of day working?
- Is this behavior sudden?
- Is simply time to take a break?
- Am I “hovering”? Is my presence on the pool deck impacting my child’s behavior?
Learning to swim is a very unique experience for younger children, and no two kids are ever going to react exactly the same. Individual comfort levels in the water are very different. There may be no rhyme or reason as to the source.
Swimming is a fun activity and an essential life skill. Don’t give up! Your son or daughter will get there! And as always, if you have questions, feel free to consult your instructors.