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Teaching a Toddler to Swim

By Laura Williams, LiveStrong, 04/29/19, 12:00PM CDT

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Always encourage with enthusiasm. Even with very scared children this often distracts them from their fear.

Swimming lessons are now recommended for toddlers age 1 to 3, according to a statement issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics in 2010. Early instruction may help prevent drowning in young children, the second leading cause of death in youth under 19 years of age. When you begin teaching your child to swim, remember to have realistic expectations. Most young children have not yet developed the motor skills required for strong swimming skills. Concentrate instead on games that emphasize water enjoyment and skills that would help increase survival in an emergency situation.

Water Play

Step 1

Start in shallow water, preferably at a level where your child can stand and sit with his head above water. You always want to start playing games in order to emphasize fun, states the University of Florida Interactive Media Lab.